I believe that birth is one of the most transcendent experiences of one’s lifetime. Safeguarding your journey through birth is my only agenda. We have the innate wisdom to birth our children. During a low-risk, normal pregnancy and birth, babies have the wisdom to move through us in exactly the positions they should. When natural physiological birth is safeguarded, babies are born alert and ready to bond. Parents are free to release the perfect cocktail of hormones that enable us to cope with labor sensations, stretch to our capacity, and bond with our new family member.
I have the life skills that enable me to meet you where you are in your process. I'll support your desires during pregnancy and birth by providing education, advocacy and nonjudgemental care.
I am a Certified Professional Midwife, registered with and credentialed by NARM, North American Registry of Midwives. (The national accreditation for out-of-hospital midwives).
I hold a Midwifery degree from the National College of Midwifery, in Taos, New Mexico. (A MEAC accredited program).
I've pursued rigorous self-study in natural birth, breastfeeding, pain management, placenta medicine, global health, prenatal psychology and the body/mind connection.
I have earned additional certifications in courses from The World Health Organization, US Aid, Mercy In Action and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
I maintain current certification in CPR, AED for providers and Neonatal Resuscitation.
In addition to didactic education, 14 clinical apprenticeships (In Asia and in licensed and unlicensed states in the U.S).
As I serve families, my goal is to make midwifery care and doula support accessible to all.
I have worked in almost every birth setting and with birth attendants of every kind. I was trained in the U.S. and Philippines, and have attended births with midwives who have "hands off" preferences as well as midwives who are more "medicalized".
I have learned from all of them.
Most of my recent experience is in home birth and birth centers.
I am registered with The National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, California Association of Midwives, California College of Midwives, and accountability board member of Ohio Midwives' Alliance.
While doula care and midwifery care are completely different roles, my education and training in both specialties do inform my ability as a doula. I support people having home birth and hospital births in a doula role, well prepared to educate and support throughout your pregnancy. I offer a unique perspective, current evidence based research, and options or ideas that may not be commonly offered.
Currently, I am taking clients for Midwifery care for low risk families planning home birth. I am not taking doula clients nor providing placenta encapsulation at this time.
When acting as Primary Midwife, I will be accompanied at your birth by a second midwife who is qualified by experience and credentialing. I am supported by my community and have the backing of several experienced & respected midwives who have spent years sharing their life's work with me. You can learn more about the other midwives who may be coming with me to your birth on my page called "Columbus Midwife Collective".
I live in Columbus, Ohio and serve the Central Ohio area. If you are interested in home birth, doula care, or placenta encapsulation and you live more than 90 minutes outside of the Columbus area, I am happy to refer you to or help you explore your options. I am the mother of two adult women and grandmother to one (so far) little scientist. When I am not providing care to birthing families, I am cooking, traveling, gardening, painting, reading, or learning about a new area of interest.
I am happy to provide a full educational background with cv and references upon request.
Enough about me; I am not the important part. YOU ARE. Lets talk about what you want for your birth journey.
Send a contact form with your phone number or you can contact me at 650.797.5671.
More About Doula Care:
Doulas provide education and emotional support during pregnancy, labor and birth. I will teach you pain management techniques, positions for assisting the descent of your baby, and coping strategies as well as help you to prepare the for the logistics of having a baby.Should you chose to have a hospital birth, I'll explain the risks and benefits of any procedure presented by your caregiver. I support you in your decisions and have no other agenda. I act as an advocate as well as constant support, as doulas do not change shifts. I will be there from the moment you call in active labor, until after you are comfortably nestling your baby. Breastfeeding assistance is offered.
The benefits of hiring a doula include shorter labor and less need for interventions such as forceps, vacuum extraction, and cesarean.
More About Midwifery Care:
This section is intended to help you gain a better understanding of what midwifery care is and it's benefits. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The midwifery model of care emphasizes a commitment to informed choice, continuity of individualized care, and sensitivity to the emotional and spiritual aspects of childbearing. It includes monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle; Providing the family with individualized education, counseling, prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor, birthing, and postpartum period. Midwifery care minimizes technological interventions. A midwife identifies to refer people who require medicalized care. Midwives are trained in what is normal. They protect physiologically normal pregnancy and birth. Midwives understand the need for privacy, a feeling of security and autonomy that women must feel with regard to the decisions about their care, their bodies and their babies. The model of care emphasizes that childbirth is a process of the human body and not a disease.