My own birthing journey brought me to CHOICE in 2007. I found my midwives when I was almost 30 weeks pregnant and switched from planning a hospital birth to planning a homebirth. At term she was still breech and after trying various techniques to get her to flip to vertex, my labor started and we went to the hospital for a cesarean. I had a lot of support in the postpartum and it made a difference in my recovery. Her birth was in 2007, being her mother and bonding with her tiny infant self was a time I cherish and think of fondly.
I had a HBAC (Home Birth After Cesarean) with CHOICE in 2011 with my son, Silas. I did a lot of work during his pregnancy in preparation for his birth. I had a moment of clarity in early labor that I had done my work, prepared for his birth and I had to trust my body, my preparation and our journey together. His birth was amazing and I loved every minute of it. I often say that I could do labor and birth again and again if we didn’t feel our family was complete.
I began birth work in 2009 after traveling to Austin for Birthing From Within training. In 2014 I attended toLabor training with Thérèse Hak-Kuhn, she’s amazing at what she does. If you have an interest in birth work and social justice I strongly suggest this workshop. I was the local ICAN (http://ican-online.org/) chapter leader for 5 years, I received a lot of support and healing within the peer to peer model and enjoyed giving back to mothers and families in my community.
I joined the CHOICE team in 2012 as a childbirth educator. In 2014 I was invited to doula for a friends homebirth. That birth changed my path from applying for the Certified Nurse Practitioner program to the Certified Professional Midwife track. Shortly after I started attending births as a doula and in October of 2014 I was accepted into the CHOICE apprenticeship program. I completed the didactic (book) portion of my education in May of 2016 and am on track to finish my apprenticeship in early 2018.
In my spare time my family has an active urban homestead where we grow a lot of food for preserving. We use organic and sustainable practices in raised beds. In 2016 we started growing in the neighbor’s backyard extending our growing area. My children love to help in the garden and are often found covered in mud and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
I enjoy reading fiction and nonfiction alike. I meditate on a daily basis, even if it’s only a few minutes. I find a little bit is better than none at all. I like that it gives me time to just be myself with no demands of my time or attention. As a mother and a busy birth professional I find it important to take the time so that my cup is filled in order to give to those I’m in service to. I’m also a special needs mom so it’s doubly important to do the self-care piece.