I have been fascinated by pregnancy and childbirth since I was a small child. So when we were pregnant with our first daughter, Emma, I felt prepared for labor and delivery – plain and simple. After all, I had been researching what to expect since before I found out I was pregnant! It wasn’t until I was induced at 41 weeks pregnant that my confidence waivered. Although my experience was positive, I felt like all of the decisions surrounding my delivery were made for me.
We found out 10 months after Emma was born that we were pregnant with our second daughter, Katie. It was my goal to be as prepared as possible for this next birth. I watched child birth videos constantly and read (and re-read) books surrounding pregnancy, child birth, and the postpartum time. I was hooked! I was so encouraged by all the research I had been doing that I was ready to rock labor and delivery!
After this experience, I knew exactly where I needed to be. It was in the year following Katie’s birth that I decided to pursue birth work. I was driven by my own experiences, but greater than that, I was compelled by my passion for women’s health and I knew that by providing loving and compassionate care during pregnancy, child birth, and the weeks following, I would be able to make a difference.
I often get asked what I do and, after careful thought, here is my answer: I’m here to provide a safe place for you and your partner to share your goals, fears, and excitement. I’m here as a teacher, a shoulder to lean on, and someone to provide physical and emotional support when you and your partner are beyond exhausted. I’m an advocate of your birth preferences and a resource when your plans change. I’m here as your help when you’ve just returned home with your sweet baby and your friend when things seem overwhelming. I am part of your birth team and ready to support and honor you and your decisions as you expand your family!
I’m a coffee lover, nature enthusiast, and football fanatic. I have many hobbies, but my favorites include hiking in the beautiful Sandia mountains and camping with my family.