My interest in midwifery began in the 1980’s when I saw my first birth as part of my training in nursing school. I was profoundly impressed with the birthing woman’s strength and power, despite the poor care she received, and I was driven to find out how care for women could be different. I worked as a labor and delivery nurse for a few years; during that time met a nurse midwife and began dreaming of becoming a midwife. About ten years later (because Life Happened in the form of getting married, the opportunity to live in Asia for 7 years, a research project on Traditional Birth Attendants in Indonesia and having 2 of my 3 children), I was thrilled to attend Baylor College of Medicine Nurse-Midwifery Division. My first job as a midwife was in an out - of - hospital birth center in Texas where I worked for almost a year before returning to life in Asia and a small solo home birth practice.
In 1993 I returned to the United States, started working for Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota and had my third child (and third home birth). I worked in a 2 midwife practice at Olmsted for 5 years, attending many deliveries in the hospital. In 2003 I resigned from my position at Olmsted Medical Center as an opportunity to live and work in Winona, Minnesota presented itself. For 10 years I worked in a 2 midwife practice in Winona Clinic, attending many more births at Community Memorial Hospital. (My total of births attended is more than 800). My work at Winona Clinic also included well-woman care (gynecology).
2009 was a year of big changes: I was “down-sized” from Winona Clinic and had plenty of time to contemplate my life so far and my future. I discovered that the call of midwifery, the call to serve women, the craving for the privilege of attending births was still very strong. In early 2010 I started a home birth practice serving southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and northeastern Iowa. I opened an office in downtown Winona where I provide prenatal care and women’s healthcare.
I am a member of Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) and the American College of Nurse Midwifery (ACNM). I attend continuing education sessions yearly and maintain neonatal resuscitation certification. So much of what I have learned so far in life and in my work as a midwife has been given to me by the women I have been privileged to serve. I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.