MY PHILOSOPHY OF CARE
I hold the belief that pregnancy and birth are normal and healthy life events. I trust women’s bodies and their ability to grow and deliver babies. I believe that the birth process will unfold organically and uniquely for each individual woman, and for each individual baby. I practice with the belief and understanding that labor and birth generally work at their optimal pace and intensity when undisturbed and with the least amount of interventions. I use my intuition, clinical skills and knowledge as well as my strong relationship with you to know when additional assistance may be warranted during your labor or any other part of your care. It is my hope that I am successful in holding a sacred and safe space for you to follow your instincts and birth your baby your way. Should a situation arise where more active management is necessary from me, I will use my midwifery skills to either handle the situation at home (if during labor) or my office (if pre or post natal), or provide care while transferring you to more appropriate medical care at the hospital.
I believe that one of the most sacred, special and unique aspects of midwifery care is the role that you play as an active participant in your health care decisions. I honor this and encourage you to take responsibility for the choices you make. My role in the decision making process is to provide you with unbiased information, answer questions, and provide you with additional resources so that you may make your decisions from a place of knowledge and understanding. It is my philosophy that I work with you and honor your requests, as opposed to telling you what choices you should be making and dictating the direction of your care...we are a team!
About your Midwife....
With a lovely Mama and babe in Vanuatu. This was her 5th baby and 1st daughter. Baby was born with her bag of waters still intact, also referred to as "in the caul." Some believe this to be a sign of good luck. June 2011
CPM - Certified Professional Midwife
IBCLC - International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
MPH - Master of Public Health - Maternal and Child Health
LM - Licensed Midwife, State of California
NHCM - New Hampshire Certified Midwife
Practitioner - The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®
A LITTLE ABOUT ME.....
Unaware of midwifery as an option for birthing mamas or as a profession, I circled around birth, women's health, medicine and education for years early on in my career path. The first birth I attended was while I was a pre-vet major at UC Davis, when I had the magical experience of witnessing a mama goat give birth to her two kids. In the days and weeks that followed, other animals gave birth and bonded with their young as well, and the energy and preciousness of those miraculous moments never left me, even after I decided to not pursue veterinary medicine.
Following undergrad, I spent six months in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami. My focus was working with women and children, and the experience solidified my decision to pursue my masters in Maternal and Child Public Health. While earning my MPH at Boston University, I was increasingly exposed to the midwifery model of care, as well as midwives. Not only did this model make sense for providing holistic, individualized, cost-effective maternity care from a public health perspective, but I had found my true calling....I knew without hesitation that I wanted to become a midwife! I attended a doula training workshop at The Ballard House in Portland, Maine the winter of 2008, and enrolled in Birthwise Midwifery School that Fall.
While a student at Birthwise, I worked with several midwives, attending births at home as well as the free-standing birth center attached to the school: The Birth House. During my final year of training I apprenticed with a busy midwifery practice on the east side of Lake Washington near Seattle. While there, I had the fortune to learn from eight different midwives, which exposed me to a variety of approaches and ways of thinking, helping me form my own midwifery style.
After graduating from Birthwise in the Spring of 2011, I spent the following 4 months exploring midwifery, maternity care and my other passions- organic farming and travel, while waiting to take the national midwifery board exams. For a month I volunteered as a midwife at the Villa Hospital in Vanuatu, followed by working on farms and adventuring from Scotland to Hungary and a few places in between.
I returned to my home state of California and passed my board exams in Fall of 2011, granting me the credential of Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). While in the process of starting a practice in San Francisco, I was offered a position as the Clinical Director at Birthwise Midwifery School and Supervising Midwife at The Birth House....an honor and offer I could not pass up!
I have worked at Birthwise Midwifery School and The Birth House since Summer 2012. In 2014 I began to transition my midwifery practice to Vienna, Maine and stepped away from my role as Clinical Director in Fall of 2015. I continue to serve as a faculty member at Birthwise, which is a joyous opportunity to continue teaching the next generation of midwives and always keep learning myself.
I have found that the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® are a natural and complimentary fit to midwifery care. I offer comprehensive, complimentary belly massages during my midwifery appointments for all of my clients. I practice a full scope of maya abdominal therapy for all genders and ages. For more information on Arvigo, please click on the Arvigo tab above or visit their website at https://arvigotherapy.com/content/definition-and-history
I have been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, serving my community since Summer 2016.
I live in Vienna, Maine with my husband and our dog and three cats. When not caring for mamas and babies I enjoy gardening, knitting, pottery, tennis, reading, outdoor adventures, dance, and daydreaming about travel.
I very much look forward to meeting you!