I am proud to be a "home-grown” Arkansan! I graduated Sheridan High School in 1991 and graduated Baptist School of Nursing in 1996.
I've been a Registered Nurse for 21 years, with 15 years caring for new and growing families in Labor & Delivery, Neonatal ICU, Postpartum, and Lactation.
I began occasionally assisting midwives at home births in 2008, became a doula in 2013, and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2015.
I finally began a midwifery apprenticeship with Deb Phillips, LLM, CPM in January of 2016 (in the wee hours of the New Year!)
My calling into this line of work began shortly after my first child was born. Midwife Ina May Gaskin said:
That quote has resonated with me. Giving birth changed the direction of my life and planted the seed in my heart that would eventually bloom into supporting new and growing families.
After birthing my first child, my career plans changed from music to nursing, and I began nursing school the next year.
With the birth of my second child, as an RN and having gone through my hospital's breastfeeding class, I still struggled greatly with breastfeeding and weaned to the bottle much earlier than I wanted.
The next time around, I received valuable breastfeeding support from La Leche League and an IBCLC in the hospital, and so began my desire to help other families struggling with breastfeeding.
My youngest three children were born at home, attended by loving midwives. And from my first home birth, Midwifery began whispering in my ear until I answered the call.
In Arkansas, one must choose between attending home births and hospital births when deciding which midwifery path to take. Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) only attend home births. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) only attend hospital or birth center births, and very few CNMs attend births at all here.
Although I am already a nurse, I chose the CPM path because I prefer attending home births. I believe in women and our ability to give birth. I believe that for most healthy mothers and babies, the less we interfere with the process, the better the chances of a good birth outcome. I enjoy getting to spend time with families in the months leading up to the birth and continuing that relationship after the baby is born. I enjoy seeing how labor and birth and bonding with the new baby unfolds in the family’s own familiar, comfortable environment.
I also believe that there is no "right way" to give birth--the most important thing is that women are aware of their options, have access to accurate evidence-based information, and feel respected and supported during the process. Each family, each pregnancy and birth experience, each child is unique.
On a personal note, I am a pro-life Catholic Christian who believes that my midwifery practice should be rooted in love and respect for all people. Whatever your circumstances may be, I am committed to providing judgment-free, loving care.
I have been married to my Lovie, Greg, for 18 years. We have seven children, six still living at home with us.
To ensure that I am giving my best to others, I make a point of regularly carving out time to replenish my mind, body, and soul. Some of the things that keep me feeling peaceful and joyful are my faith, practicing martial arts, playing guitar and piano, concocting herbal remedies, and enthusiastically cheering at my kids' activities.