I began my journey into Midwifery in the spring of 2011 at the recommendation of my father, who acted as my mother's midwife for 9 unassisted home births. I have always been drawn to pregnant people and families but the fuel to light my fire was how pregnant and birthing individuals were (mis)treated within our system. I began by attending a DONA doula training at Birth Roots here in Portland and soon after I began attending Birthwise Midwifery School in September of 2011.
The Birthwise curriculum provided two years of intense academic work covering everything from well-woman care to newborn care and everything in between. During these two years I was provided with two clinical rotations- My first being at St. Mary's in Lewiston with a Certified Nurse Midwife. I learned a great deal about well-woman care during this time and had the opportunity to see a wide range of variability with pregnancy. My second clinical rotation was with Midcoast Midwifery where I attended in-home prenatals, home births and postpartum care with two wonderful CPMs. After the two didactic years at Birthwise I took a year off to better prepare myself for the midwifery lifestyle.
I completed my Midwifery education & preceptorship at a high volume birth center in Idaho where I got a vast amount of experience caring for individuals from menstruation to menopause. I worked with a combination of CPMs and CNMs and got to see a wide range of care. During my time in Idaho I had the opportunity to see what good collaborative care can look like. It is one of my goals in Maine to achieve this level of smooth, transitional care from home to hospital.
It is my personal belief that pregnancy and birth are normal, healthy processes in life and should not be treated as an illness. Pregnant people should have choices in their care with unbiased educational tools to aid in those decisions. The education I have received has been thorough and allows me to practice Midwifery in a wide range of styles to suit clients' needs. I believe that our bodies & babies know what to do, but also have clear boundaries for what is within my scope. Midwifery is an ever-changing practice and as such, I attend conferences, classes and continuing education courses in order to stay up to date.
I hold a certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professionals as well as a certification in Neonatal Resuscitation. I am a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). I am a member of the National Association of CPMs (NACPM), the Maine Association of CPMS (MACPM), the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), and the Positive Birth Movement (PBM).