Kelley was a CHOICE client before she became a midwife. She found CHOICE in 1983 when she was seven months pregnant with her first child, Luke. She knew she wanted a natural childbirth so after interviewing five physicians who could not offer what she wanted, she finally met a mom who had a home birth through CHOICE. Unfortunately, after a long labor on the second hottest day in Columbus’s history the labor stalled and she decided to transfer from home to hospital to get help. The hospital experience was unmedicated although she ended up with an unnecessary internal monitor and an episiotomy. What she regrets even more is that she didn’t get the bonding experience that she desired with Luke. Two years later on December 17th, 1985 after just four hours of labor Kelley gave birth at home to her daughter, Erin. After having a hospital and home birth, Kelley found her path to midwifery. She became dedicated to educating families about their choices in childbirth and to assisting them in having an active role in the birth of their children. Kelley began an apprenticeship with CHOICE in 1987. In 1988, while working on her apprenticeship, the CHOICE office, located on Johnstown Road, closed since all the midwives either moved or took a sabbatical. Kelley attended a few births during that time with a local CNM. On February 1, 1990, Kelley gave birth at home to her son, Clay. During that year Kelley received many phone calls from past CHOICE clients who wanted to give birth at home. That summer Kelley and Abby started seeing families in Kelley’s home. Kelley’s home remained the new CHOICE Office for the next eight months. They decided they needed to find a “real” office after a prenatal day when there was a family in the living room, one in the dining room and someone waiting on the stairs for an appointment. In February of 1992 they moved the CHOICE Office to 3474 North High Street in Clintonville. In 1995 Kelley became a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives. Over the years, Kelley has served over 600 families. From 2002 to 2005 she taught Childbirth Education classes at the CHOICE Office. She became active in midwifery on the local and national level. From 1995 to 2001 she became Membership Chair for the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA). From 1998 to 2001 she was the Membership Chair for the Ohio Midwives Alliance. In 2001 Kelley was appointed Treasurer and served on the Board of Directors for the Midwives Alliance of North America. In 2001 the Ohio Midwives Alliance honored her as the Midwife of the Year. Kelley’s local newspaper wrote an article about her and there was a nice picture of her and her children, wearing their “I was born at home” t-shirts, on the front page of the newspaper. Her second term as Treasurer for MANA ended in 2009 and she volunteered for the position of Exhibit Chair for the Midwives Alliance of North America Conferences. Kelley and Ed, her high school sweetheart, have been married for 28 years. They live in a 100 year old home in Old Hilliard that they have remodeled for over 25 years. Ed is a woodworker and has his own business in their home. He also is the Tech Director for Hilliard Darby High School. Kelley and Ed are volunteers for the Hilliard Civic Association that organizes the Old Hilliard Festival in the fall. Kelley is the treasurer and exhibit chair. Kelley and Ed have three grown children Luke (26), Erin (24) and Clay (20) who are all in college, working, and are living on their own. When she is not going to births, Kelley enjoys spending time with her family. She also paints, draws, makes jewelry, and enjoys gardening. Last summer she painted her largest painting ever. She painted a mural of the City of Hilliard’s flower, the sunflower, on the side of their garage/woodworking shop. For the last 8 months she ended up having to fight zoning officials who said the painting had too many colors. After appearing before two zoning boards in Hilliard and being denied, Ed and Kelley covered the painting with siding and are pursuing city council to write a public art code in Hilliard. The mural got lots of media attention from local newspapers, the dispatch, USA today, and the local television stations. Kelley is hoping to eventually uncover the giant sunflower. This summer she is painting another sunflower mural at Ganther’s Place on Parson’s and Reinhart. In March of this year, during the sunflower ruckus, Kelley and Ed took a much needed two week vacation to Hawaii. They had a wonderful time in paradise! ?