Even as a small child, I was interested in hearing the birth stories of friends and relatives and I was always wagging somebody’s baby around on my hip. I decided I wanted to be a nurse so I could work with mamas and babies, but during nursing school I became disillusioned with the whole maternity care system. During one of my classes, I met a midwife who gave me the book, Spiritual Midwifery. I felt like I finally had a direction!
After having 2 babies while in nursing school, I decided to take a “break”. However, the break turned into forever. My 3rd son was born at home and was truly a life-changing experience! I finally knew how birth COULD be! Although the seed had been planted, it would be many more years before my dream of being a midwife came to fruition.
In 2005, with the blessing and encouragement of my awesome husband, I took the plunge and enrolled in the Association of Texas Midwives. I did a large part of my apprenticeship with Jackie and Camellia at Bay Area Birth Center. I graduated in 2007 and practiced in Texas for 5 years. In 2012, my husband and I moved to Arkansas, but midwifery is very different in Arkansas.
In April of 2016, I was given the opportunity to come back to Bay Area Birth Center part time. It’s been a privilege to get to know the sweet mamas, cuddle the precious babies and work with the incredible women here at the birth center! I look forward to coming each month and appreciate the opportunity I’ve been given.