My first exposure to “home birth” was through a woman I met traveling the summer of 1992. One afternoon she told me her plans to give birth in a hotel in whatever city or town they happened to be in when she went into labor. Now, that got me thinking. I ran into her and her beautiful new son later that summer, probably four states later. This woman had nothing but awesome and empowering things to say about her natural birth. The following year, as part of my orientation to Prescott College I went on a month long backpacking trip from Northern to Southern Arizona. While on this trip I spiked a high fever. Seeing a doctor was not an option. My guide offered me Goldenseal Root capsules as an alternative to an antibiotic. Within two doses I was remarkably better. Looking back, these two events dramatically influenced my future path into alternative healthcare. I graduated from the California School of Herbal Studies in 1997 with certification as a Therapeutic Herbalist. Two inspiring years were spent learning botany, plant identification, proper growing and harvesting techniques, Materia Medica, medicine-making, aromatherapy, the sacred way of herbs, as well as gaining clinical experience. Soon after graduating I started my own small herbal medicine business which eventually evolved into the present day venture, Green Magic. Green Magic specializes in traditional herbal remedies such as salves, tinctures and teas. Drawn back to Ohio in late 1999, I enrolled in Massage Away School of Therapy in Columbus. I wanted an improved understanding of human anatomy and physiology and had decided massage school would give me that and a career. Three months before graduating I gave birth to my first child, at home, with CHOICE midwives. This proved to be the most empowering experience of my life. I became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2001, specializing in Swedish, relaxation, trigger point, pregnancy, and infant massage. I have worked in a variety of settings such as, an alternative clinic, a spa, and homes. I am currently seeing clients at CHOICE. After experiencing my own very positive birth experience I was drawn to get involved with birth on a professional level. I became a trained doula and volunteered with CHOICE, finding the perfect avenue for incorporating herbs and massage. I worked independently as a doula until being contracted by CHOICE in 2002. My midwifery apprenticeship with CHOICE began in 2003. In the midst of my apprenticeship I had my second child at home in a birth tub. I have been teaching Alternative Childbirth Education classes at CHOICE since 2006, reminding women that the strength and intensity of labor and birth is their own instinctual power. I became a NARM Certified Professional Midwife in 2008 and continued working for CHOICE. When I am not working I keep myself busy home educating our two children, sewing, traveling, reading, seeing live music, people watching, and just hanging out with my husband and friends. My dream is to travel the world with my family!