Inspired by the birth of my second child with midwives in 1989, I felt called to attend to women during this powerful and transformative time in their lives. Training first as a birth doula, then a childbirth educator, then an apprentice midwife, and ultimately completing California midwifery licensure in 2003, I have had the opportunity to work with women in home, hospital and birth center. Through my experiences, I came to believe strongly in women’s inherent wisdom and power, and the importance to support them during pregnancy, birth and postpartum to connect with their inner resources.
In my years of working closely with women, I came to understand and trust that our bodies have innate wisdom and an ability to come into homeostasis – balance – when supplied with the foods, nutrients and supportive therapies it needs. I observed first hand the power of the mind in this process and how intricately interwoven it is with the body’s function. Patience, mindfulness, loving-kindness. These are virtues I cultivated in myself in attending women through their process of pregnancy, childbirth and mothering. These too are medicines for the soul, as potent and nourishing as the foods we eat or the herbs we take. I encourage each woman to embrace them for herself.
Though I have retired from attending births, I see my role as a midwife as a guide to assist women to bring forth their own personal change - be it giving birth, healing their bodies, or coming into their own higher potential. Each time we allow and embrace change we awaken to something new.