To be a midwife means to be with women. Pregnancy and birth are life-changing events and I consider it a great honor to be with women during these times. As a midwife, I believe that pregnancy and birth can make us stronger women and fierce, passionate mothers for our children. The ability for our bodies to grow our babies and bring them into the world will always make me marvel at the miracle of it all. "For you created my inmost being: you knit me together in my mother's womb" Ps 139:13
I grew up in the Amish culture of home birth and midwifery. The oldest of 11 children, my mother gave birth to my siblings at home. My grandmother was an Amish midwife and I have several aunts who serve their communities as Amish midwives.
Homebirth with midwives was normal to me because it was all I knew but I clearly remember the feeling of euphoric accomplishment that came with the birth of my first baby at home. It was a good beginning as a young mother. With each successive baby, I dug deeper into the world of midwifery care and home birth. Midwifery textbooks were my favorite reading material. Birth stories were fascinating to me. After the birth of my 3rd baby girl, I knew that I was called to be a midwife.
I completed my degree with Midwives College of Utah in 2017 and passed the NARM and became licensed in the WA state in 2018. I have been practicing on Whidbey from the beginning. It is a gift to work in a small community where clients become friends and I can watch their babies grow up.
My husband and I have three girls and three boys. We love to spend time outside and we are blessed to call Whidbey Island our home.