“The first greatest joy is to become a mother; the next, to become a midwife”.
And blessed am I to be both! I take true joy in my calling as a midwife. It is such a privilege to help family’s welcome new babies to their lives. I truly consider it more than a job, it’s a vocation, a calling, and I am lucky to share this journey with you I believe that each pregnancy and birth offers a woman, her family, and her midwife a special lesson that is unique to each and every time. (It’s not always the lesson we want but it’s the lesson we need!). One of the most important things to me is to treat a baby gently during and after birth. I believe that gentle birth creates gentle parents and fosters a gentler world. Gentle birth promotes Peace on Earth!
A little about me. I was born in Ohio, but raised mostly in Colorado and the Seattle area. I spent four years in Boston for college then moved to rural New Mexico in 1994 and began my life’s work of serving mothers and babies. After that, a few years back in Seattle working L&D until the time came to transition into midwifery. I lived with my parents in Scottsdale while I completed midwifery school at Frontier Nursing University, and apprenticed at the former Bethany Birth Center. A midwife at last in 2001, I enjoyed two wonderful years volunteering as a midwife in Laos, a poor country in SE Asia. In 2003 my next calling came from Lancaster County, PA where I spent 12 years a practice providing birth center, home, and hospital births, serving mostly Amish clients. Oh, the stories I could share about the adventures of being a country midwife! I’ve helped to welcome almost 1,200 babies – and counting!
Come fall 2015 I was ready for a new adventure in life. I craved the beautiful Arizona sunshine, and most of all wanted to raise my daughter near my parents. I am blessed to “the moon and back” (as she says) by my sweet, crazy Liana. My hobbies include… um… coloring and My Little Ponies and Curious George.
I worked as a labor and delivery nurse for 7 years before becoming a midwife in 2001. This experience in hospital is what led me to focus primarily on out-of-hospital (birth center or home birth). I truly believe that healthy, low-risk women are better off outside of the hospital. At Babymoon I really appreciate that we offer either Birth Center or hospital birth, so that every woman can give birth where she feels most safe and comfortable. We are committed to truly evidence-based practice and honoring each family’s right to informed choice. We partner with you on the miraculous journey of pregnancy and birth. I look forward to sharing it with you!