I grew up in Prior Lake, Minnesota, and graduated in 1983. In 2009, I earned an Associate of Liberal Arts Degree from Normandale Community College, in Bloomington, Minnesota. I then transferred to the University of Minnesota to study a Bachelors of Science in Family Social Science, with minors in Maternal Child Health, Public Health, and Sociology. During my time there, I was honored to receive an award for Volunteerism in the Community Engagement Scholars program; working in and receiving specialized training as a battered woman’s telephone crisis line advocate, a volunteer Doula and Childbirth Educator for at-risk expecting mothers. it is my hope to continue volunteering and supporting families in their pursuit of equal healthcare provision. Additionally, Six years ago I completed my education as a Massage Therapist with a specialty in Prenatal and Postpartum Massage.
I am currently completing my training as a Certified Professional Midwife, I only need to take the national board test. I have attended National College of Midwifery, in Taos, New Mexico. During my time as a Student Midwife, I apprenticed in 5 different states, with six unique and knowledgeable out-of-hospital midwives. My journey to midwifery has been long, over 14 years. But I am called to Midwifery, and I am thoroughly ready to pursue my new journey in the professional birth community.
There is no doubt that birth is a key life event that is very powerful, yet at the same time informed, and gentle. I believe that every woman should have the opportunity to access the highest quality in healthcare and part of my responsibility in helping families to reach that goal is to give each client my full attention, and to provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based, education, and healthcare information during her childbearing years.