My first experience with birth that was not my own child’s was a friend’s in Arizona, in 1997. A mother of three, I have been active in the Santa Cruz birth community since shortly after the homebirth of my third child, Henry, at home in 2002.
My particular passion is ensuring that women understand that they have options in birth—and the benefits and risks of various choices—so that they can make the best choice for themselves and their babies.
After four years of midwifery school and apprenticeship, I was licensed by the Medical Board of California in March 2010. By the close of 2017, I have attended more than 450 births.
I served on the board of directors for Birth Network of Santa Cruz County for several years. See www.birthnet.org
for additional information.
I am co-founder of a midwifery advocacy group called Birth Santa Cruz. Check out BirthSantaCruz.com on Facebook. It’s a great way to stay up to date about what’s going on with birth locally and nationally.
More recently, I joined forces with two other amazing midwives to create Pacific Community Midwives. We each have independent practices but collaborate and back one another up. See our website for more information.
From 2011-2014, I was Regional Co-Rep for the California Association of Midwives (CAM). I remain active on projects with their sister organization, the California Association of Licensed Midwives (CALM), including keeping midwives updated on continuing education opportunities, meeting with state legislators on midwifery issues, and creating welcome packets for newly licensed midwives in the state.
All photos used with permission. Photo on this page courtesy of Tatiana Scher of LittleDarlingPhoto.com.