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.
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 mama
Healthy food options to grow a strong placenta
Your birth, your way
Fully support water birth
It is VERY important to me to deliver your baby without any major tears
Happy memories of a warm & beautiful birth experience
Coming to visit me so I can see you & that growing baby & get free baby weight checks
Informed choice…Receiving informative handouts etc. that let you know the choices you have & how they impact you & your baby
Being with you every step of the way, even if you are transported to the hospital.