I first became a midwife in 1989, right here in DFW. During my training in the 1980s, I had the privilege of a traditional apprenticeship in Texas with many senior midwives who were pioneers in this state and the nation. Watching their intuitive and natural style of attending women based on years of experience, I quickly developed my own appreciation of the natural childbirth process as God created it, and the amazing ability of women to deliver their babies when given the right information and support.
After completing my training, I practiced as a rural home birth midwife for four and a half years. When I got married, I stopped practicing midwifery to be a stay at home mom and later homeschool. Having my own three children at home with midwives after attending over 200 births was both familiar and unfamiliar. I knew what to expect, but I also experienced a new intense side of pregnancy, labor, and postpartum recovery that would make me a more empathetic and attentive midwife in the future.
I began my return to full time midwifery practice in 2009. I updated my clinical knowledge with local DFW midwives and also went to Senegal, West Africa and the Philippines to gain cross cultural experience and attend the births necessary to complete my CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) requirements. I became licensed to practice again in Texas in 2011.
I have practiced continually since then, and have now attended over 700 births. I have a concierge home birth practice, and provide all in-home care to birthing families in the DFW area. I am currently also completing the requirements to become an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). I serve on the Texas Midwifery Advisory Board for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), and on the advisory board for Abide Women’s Health Care Services (www.abidewomen.org).
I am passionate about equity in maternity care, and about the importance of postpartum support for all. I still love to go to births just as much as I did thirty years ago, and look forward to practicing midwifery for many years to come.