I am a midwife, advocate, and educator promoting a full scope and spectrum of midwifery practice to support holistic, comprehensive reproductive care. I promote home-based care for fertility management and reproduction as the locus of normal, and support individual choices for care providers and locations of care. I believe in radical trust in the powers of our bodies and in the wisdom holistic care. Through a deep understanding of physiology and deep compassion for personal complexity, I help others gather the information they need to take steps in their lives and reproductive health in ways that honor their values and support their desired experiences.
I was the first child born to my mother, who remembers desiring a homebirth during her pregnancy with me, but ended up delivering in the hospital. My mother labored with me while hiking in the Oakland Hills, CA, and stayed away from the hospital so long that I was delivered only 45 minutes after she finally arrived for check-in. When I was a young child my brothers were born at home with midwives in the Bay Area, leaving an impression and assurance in me that childbirth was a normal, family event and that homebirth was inherently safe.
My path to midwifery came through a deep commitment to education on reproductive health. I studied sex education and fertility awareness in my college years, writing and sharing about natural alternatives to birth control options, and returning to teach comprehensive sex-ed at my old high school. This work led to enriching efforts to understand holistic support for abortion care and pregnancy loss, and later for holistic support for pregnancies and birth.
I was trained through the apprenticeship model of midwifery education, fortified by a structured education with National Midwifery Institute, Inc., a correspondence-based midwifery program accredited through the Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council (MEAC). My academic coursework was rigorous and comprehensive, grounded in the practical and theoretical applications of modern, evidence-based midwifery. My clinical, apprenticeship-based education spanned four years with experience as a student in a small homebirth practice and a busy birth center practice in the Seattle Area, WA and extensive work with local midwives in Mali and Guinea, West Africa. I am grateful for the diversity of opportunities available to me throughout my education and the support from my community in pursuing them wholeheartedly. In 2017 I completed the International Pre-Registration Program at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON as a bridging program to practice midwifery in Ontario, Canada.
I hold certification as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) with the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) since 2015. Maintenance of the CPM credential includes maintaining continuing education, neonatal resuscitation certification, and adult CPR certification. CPMs also participate in Peer Review and are subject to formalized grievance procedures with NARM should any issues of safety, incompetence, or other problems arise during the course of care. I have also been practicing as a Registered Midwife (RM) with the College of Midwives of Ontario (CMO) since 2017.
Woven throughout my studies in fertility, midwifery, and childbearing was a deep study into holistic care for pregnancy loss and abortion. Too many of my clients had experienced previous abortions or losses without adequate support and I could see the affects in later pregnancies. I have experienced four losses of my own, grounding me in a deep reverence for the power of the body, and a deep void of education and care around abortion, miscarriage, and stillbirth. The specialized focus of my midwifery study is supporting at-home, holistic options for people experiencing pregnancy loss of all kinds, and writing and teaching on the topic with other midwives and reproductive health care workers. I have maintained a private practice of clients seeking gentle, supported, home-based care for their abortions, miscarriages, and other losses.
I volunteered as a writer and editor for SQUAT Birth Journal, a radical birth and midwifery publication, from 2013-2017. I helped organize and attend many midwifery conferences both domestic and abroad and have appreciated the wealth of information gleaned from midwives all over the world. I believe I bring an understanding of pregnancy, loss, birth, maternity care, and midwifery practice from a global perspective, and am dedicated to supporting reproductive health on a local and global scale as a safe, supportive, and healing option for many individuals and families.
I have worked as a trainer, educator, and volunteer for many full spectrum doula organizations, including Full Spectrum Doulas in Seattle, the former Boston Doula Project (now Boston Abortion Support Collective) in Boston, the Bay Area Doula Project (guest speaker), and the Home Hospice Association Infant and Pregnancy Loss Doula Training.
In efforts to further midwifery education in North America, I am also a Registered Preceptor with the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and now serve as the Clinical Director for National Midwifery Institute (NMI), the midwifery school I attended. In this role, I help students and preceptors work together, and support the development of NMI students’ clinical education. Prior to serving as Clinical Director, I also assisted in curriculum overhaul with the Educational Directors, resulting in every module being brought up-to-date in 2018.
I also work on confidential Community Based Participatory Research Grants in the USA regarding home-based abortion care, and updating internal and public knowledge on these practices in the present day.
I have been honored to contribute to the growing field of midwifery education and reproductive health advocacy at events across North America. My expertise is typically in pregnancy loss, abortion, at-home abortion, miscarriage management, midwifery scope of practice, cervical self-exam, herbs for reproductive health, social critique of reproductive health movements, full spectrum doula support, and more.
I have given presentations for/with such organizations/events as Full Spectrum Doulas Abortion Doula Training, Boston Doula Project, Bay Area Doula Project, SQUATFest, Yonifest, McMaster Midwifery Student Association, Home Hospice Association Infant and Pregnancy Loss Doula Training, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, Indie Birth Midwifery School, New Brunswick Womyn’s Summit, and others. I have presented posters at the National Abortion Federation Annual Meetings. I have also been featured on the Fertility Friday Podcast.
Please see my Workshop Offerings for more details on community programming.