Midwife, Monitrice, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
It has taken me quite a long time to figure out my path as a Midwife and Monitrice. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a minor in Sociology from Otterbein College in 2004. I then moved to Canterbury, England to study for my Master of Arts in European and Comparative Literary Studies in 2006. However, I have been involved indirectly in childbirth, homeopathy, breastfeeding, and childcare since I was a toddler.
I was raised in a household that is fully supportive of natural ways of living and absolutely believes in a woman’s ability to birth babies naturally. When I was 2 years old, my mother apprenticed as a CHOICE midwife until she found her calling as a Lactation Consultant. I have been exposed to and have learned much about birth and breastfeeding through my mother’s modeling. I am the oldest of 5 children. I was born by cesarean, my sister was the first VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) in hospital in Columbus, and my 3 youngest siblings were all born at home with the help of midwives. I have also learned much through my mother’s Lactation business. I remember fielding phone calls from her Lactation clients and setting up appointments for breast-pump rentals when I was 8 years old. Throughout my life, I have always been someone that my friends (and friends of friends) have come to for information about the female body and reproductive system. I find educating these women very fulfilling. I am passionate about the need for this kind of education and support because society seems to have moved so far away from knowing how the human body works.
However, I always thought life had a different path for me, until the birth of my daughter in 2007. She was a planned home birth, but after many hours of intense labor, I felt that I could no longer cope and I decided to transfer to the hospital. Though this transfer was necessary for my own ability to cope with my labor, it was also very traumatizing. Through putting the pieces of my labor and delivery together and becoming educated about all of the ways in which women are demoralized and traumatized by the standard of practice in hospitals, I decided that I wanted to make a difference for women in childbirth. This decision led me back to the midwives with whom I I worked for the birth of my daughter, where I began volunteering in August 2009 and took the DONA Birth Doula training in December 2009.
In 2011, I graduated from Sacred Mountain Midwifery School and in May 2011, I became a Student Midwife through an apprenticeship program with local midwives. In 2013, I left my apprenticeship and started Roots Midwifery with my business partner, Alison Diaz, DEM. We offer home birth and monitrice support. I am very excited to be on this path as well because I truly believe that women know how to birth, babies know how to birth, and if given options in childbirth, they will find their safe space for birth. I plan to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). I think that it is important that women have access to Certified Professional Midwives, as well as access to Certified Nurse Midwives, obstetricians, and any other health care professional that they feel they need throughout their childbearing years.
I am also a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. This service allows women the chance to consume their placentas, aiding in faster postpartum recovery, higher milk supply, keeping hormones balanced, lowering the risk of postpartum depression and a host of other benefits.
In my free time, I enjoy getting together with family and friends, watching football, reading, cooking, baking, knitting, watching movies, and traveling.
Also, check out an interview about what I do here: http://www.jobshadow.com/interview-with-a-birth-doula/