As a young child, I was always drawn to babies and I would want to touch pregnant women's bellies. In high school, it was suggested that I become an obstetric nurse to fulfill those desires. In 2003, at the age of 23, I was introduced to the work of doulas and I learned about their vital roles at births. Soon after, I took doula training with Gail Tully (spinningbabies.com) in Duluth, MN. After my first doula birth in 2004, I knew I wanted to be a midwife. I wanted the opportunity to hold space for women to have the births they truly desired. I wanted to see babies welcomed into the world in a more gentle way. I wanted the first imprint on them to be of love and trust, and I wanted to hold space for women to feel empowered from their experiences.
"We have a secret in our culture, and it's not the birth is painful . It's that women are strong."
~Laura Stavoe Harm~
Soon after my epiphany moment of wanting to become a midwife, I began searching for a school that would offer the highest standard of midwifery education and that felt like a good fit for me. After a few months of researching what my options were, I quickly realized that Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR was the best fit for me.
In 2005, I took a huge leap of faith and moved with my dog and our car full of belongings 2,000 miles away from where I grew up. This leap of faith was done with the intention of following my heart and starting midwifery school. In the Spring of 2008, I started midwifery school at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR. I graduated from the program in December 2014. In August 2014, just before graduating, I passed an exam to become a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) through NARM (North American Registry of Midwives). My hands on clinical training began in 2010 at a high volume birth center in Portland, OR where I was blessed with the opportunity to assist at 60+ births over a two year commitment.
Along with studying midwifery, I also learned the basic skills and knowledge of: well-woman care, homeopathy, nutrition, plant medicine, Chinese Medicine, basic massage techniques, well-woman care, and acupressure. To date, I am currently CPR and NRP certified.
Other interests and hobbies that keep me busy are: cooking whole foods; knitting, sewing by hand, fermenting foods, making ghee, reading, gardening, working towards living-off-grid, and spending as much time out in nature as I can.
It is my belief that a womans' body was designed to carry and birth babies safely. I believe pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period are sacred transitions in a woman’s life. It is my goal to foster an environment that allows each woman to find their inner strength, their inner wisdom and their ancestral knowledge for giving birth regardless of where they choose to birth their baby.
Earth Roots Midwifery currently offers: midwifery & monitrice services, postpartum doula services, childbirth education classes, nutritional and fertility support, and holistic pelvic care based on Tami Kent's work. I am also available as a resource to help guide you in the direction needed should you be looking for other services related to the childbearing years.