Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Midwifery. Provides midwifery care to childbearing families at the Puget Sound Birth Center Renton.
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In 1989, I had just graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in English Literature when a profound event occurred—the birth of my cousin’s baby. Witnessing her strength and vulnerability, being part of the cocoon of support around her, and seeing how strange and wonderful it is for a baby to emerge from another body was an “aha! moment” I’ll never forget. That birth led me to pursue doula and midwifery training in Seattle. Midwifery feels like the best way to support and empower families to experience a process as normal as breathing, but with the power to transform. I still enjoy reading about the drama of human life in literature—but I feel lucky every day that now I am able to experience the drama of human life.
Since my graduation from Seattle Midwifery School in 1998 until 2008, I practiced alongside my dear friend and colleague Michelle Sarju at Expecting The Best Midwifery Care until she moved on to work with Open Arms Perinatal Services. I then worked with Fremont Midwifery and Puget Sound Midwives and Birth Center—first in Kirkland, now in Renton. I also teach at Bastyr University in the midwifery program, and am a preceptor for midwives in training. My professional work includes serving as the president of the board of the first nonprofit birth center in Seattle, president of the board of the Midwives’ Association of Washington State, and as a trainer for the Community Outreach Doula program of Open Arms.
I am also grateful to be a recipient of midwifery care—my husband Matt and I have two amazing girls, born at home. I spend my time when not at a birth playing with my kids and cooking. I love to read fiction when I can, and am likely to ask you what you’re reading these days to get ideas.