I experienced my first two births at 13 and 15 years old while being witness to my little brother and sister being born. Those experiences, and my deep love for children left a big imprint on me. It wasn't until 10 years later that I learned about doulas and midwives.
After my first doula birth, I knew I wanted to become a midwife. I wanted the opportunity to hold space for women to have the birth they truly desired. I wanted to see babies welcomed into the world in the most gentle way possible. I wanted the first imprint on them to be of love and trust, and I wanted to hold space for women to feel empowered by their experiences. 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. From my research, I chose to attend a MEAC accredited college in Portland, OR.
"We have a secret in our culture, and it's not the birth is painful . It's that women are strong."
~Laura Stavoe Harm~
In the Spring of 2008, I started midwifery school at Birthingway College of Midwifery. I graduated from the program in December 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 waterbirth center in Portland, OR where I was blessed with the opportunity to assist at 60+ births over a two year commitment.
Outside of supporting families, other interests and hobbies that keep me busy are: cooking whole foods; knitting; sewing by hand; fermenting foods; making ghee; reading; learning about living off-grid and how to minimize my carbon-footprint; researching and fantasizing about homesteading; and spending as much time out in nature as I can. After living in Oregon for 11 years, I am happy to be home serving my community, and happy to be close to Lake Superior again.
It is my belief that a woman's body was designed to carry and birth babies safely. I believe in pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum as normal physiological transitions in a woman’s life. It is my intention and goal to hold space for women to find their inner strength, their inner wisdom, and their ancestral knowledge for giving birth, regardless of where they choose to birth their baby. I offer client-centered care that supports families in making Informed Choices about their care. This means that we talk a lot about what is "standard care" and I give you lots of information to support you in making Informed Choices. You are in charge. This is your body, your baby, and your birth. I will do my best to support you in sifting through not only all the information, but also through all of the emotions, fears and joys that comes along with growing a family. I am a nurturer by nature, and I would be honored to support you.
If you are looking for services outside of what I am offering, I am happy to assist you with finding those resources.
Graduated from a MEAC accredited college in December 2014
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), August 2014 - Present
CPR and NRP Certified, 2010 - Present
Completed Tami Kent's Holistic Pelvic CareTM for health care professionals in April 2016
Licensed Midwife (LM) with the State of Minnesota