What makes Colorado home to you?
The mountains– I look at them, and know I’m home.
What are your passions outside of work?
Outside of work, I like to hike, climb, play with my dog, travel with my friends and family, and cook.
Why did you become a Midwife?
I became a midwife because I truly, deeply love the work– being a guest in someone’s birth space always feels like the highest honor. I have a deep drive to improve birth culture in the US, and midwifery feels like the most client-centered way to do that.
My graduate degree is in family medicine and midwifery– so it’s impossible for me now, to talk about midwifery without also talking about my training in medicine, and in medicine throughout someone’s life. I don’t really think of pregnancy or birth like “capsule events”, but rather as a normal part of someone’s life, and my training as a family nurse practitioner helps me integrate perinatal care into that larger landscape.
What in your career are you most proud?
Anytime I watch someone gain confidence and trust in their body and themselves, it’s a career highlight. That’s why I’m here.
For specific cases, I’ve had a handful of emergencies, in both family medicine and midwifery– the kind of events you train for, but hope no one has to live through. I’m really proud that everyone has lived through them.
I once caught a baby in an elevator, and another in the backseat of a car.
What is the most important part of your job?
Offering information, options, support, and respect to the families who invite me into their care.