When I was 21 yrs. old in 2001, I departed to Pennsylvania for a 1 yr. apprenticeship with a midwife of 25 yrs. & 2,000+ births. I attended about 100 births in that 1 year. During that tenure, I performed 100’s of prenatals, many lab blood draws, newborn screens (PKU tests), pap smear tests, etc. I came away with many valuable skills and knowledge that have boosted my studies in recent years.I married in 2003 and had my first child in 2005. After much consideration and prayer, I officially began my formal midwifery training in 2007. I attended the Association of Texas Midwives School in Midland, TX along with Sherry. The studies were completed in 1 ½ yrs., including 6 trips to TX to attend workshops, & a trip to the Philippines to attend more births. I am currently licensed in the state of Montana under the Board of Alternative Healthcare, as a Direct Entry Midwife, license #49. I have attended approx. 175 births so far. I keep current certification in Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR.Serving Libby, Noxon, Thompson Falls, Plains, & beyond.Childbirth Philosophy:The privilege of having babies is a special blessing from the Lord.Each little baby is a gift.Having family involvement during the pregnancy-postpartum process is invaluable.Each birth is unique & the mother needs to be able to listen to what her body is telling her. In a comfortable environment whether at the birth center or at home, the mother needs the freedom to move as she pleases. She can squat, walk, shower or sit in a tub, sit on a birth ball, lay down & rest with no distractions, get back pressure/massage to ease the force of a contraction, listen to music, have the lights dimmed, etc.My philosophy of birth is that it is a normal life process, a special gift given to women. When I first began midwifery training, I thought the baby would be the most rewarding part of the birth for me. Well, the baby is the frosting on the cake & I can’t get in enough snuggles But for me, the most rewarding aspect is mothering the mother…coaching & facilitating the birth in a manner that lets the mom know that she can do this!! I will strive to ensure vaginal birth & provide guidance & support as needed to encourage the normal spontaneous processes of pregnancy, labor & birth. I will utilize medical intervention only as necessary. The most important determinant of a healthy pregnancy is the mother herself. The mother’s lifestyle can encourage the growth of a healthy placenta & baby or have unhealthy habits that cause pre-eclampsia or other complications. I recognize though that the parameters of “normal” vary widely & understand that each pregnancy & birth is unique. There is great value in a midwife’s skills which support a complicated pregnancy or birth to move toward a state of greater well-being or brought to the most healing conclusion. I can synthesize clinical observations, theoretical knowledge, intuitive assessment & prayer as components of a competent decision making process.
What is important to me:A relaxed mamaHealthy food options to grow a strong placentaYour birth, your wayFully support water birthIt is VERY important to me to deliver your baby without any major tearsHappy memories of a warm & beautiful birth experienceComing to visit me so I can see you & that growing baby & get free baby weight checksInformed choice…Receiving informative handouts etc. that let you know the choices you have & how they impact you & your babyBeing with you every step of the way, even if you are transported to the hospital.