I first became a midwife in 1989. 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 faith in the ability of women to give birth. The confidence I gained at that time in the birthing process is still with me today.
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. 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.
In 2006, I went through an unexpected divorce. In the process of adjusting I decided to return to midwifery. In the next few years I updated my clinical knowledge with local midwives and also went to Senegal, West Africa and the Philippines to gain additional 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 now attended over 500 births. I have a relational style of practicing midwifery, and it's important to me to provide individual and personalized care to each of my clients. For this reason I take a limited number of clients each month and each year so I can give each one plenty of time. I enjoy serving women from diverse backgrounds and different walks of life, serving missionary families, and of course, taking care of all my repeat clients.
My children are now ages 17, 19 and 20. I had the privilege of homeschooling them K-12, and my youngest will graduate from high school in 2019. They all still live at home, and I spend most of my free time with them. I also enjoy meeting friends for coffee, having guests over, taking walks and hanging out in book stores. I am a published author in three devotional books, and I blog.