I was born and raised in Chicago and and have called Denver my home since 1974. I became interested in childbirth during my nurse’s training at Denver Health Hospital where I witnessed and assisted in the miracle of birth, yet knew this wasn’t how I wanted to have a baby. Compelled to learn more about the alternatives, I decided to become a childbirth educator and to study midwifery. I began teaching classes, attending births, and training with experienced
midwives in the area. My first year of practice was in 1979. Since then, I have attended over 1,200 births and worked with many talented midwives along the Front Range.
I am married and have two children, both born at home.
I see childbirth as a natural process that needs little intervention—for most healthy women—but often benefits from the support of someone experienced and confident in the ability of a woman’s body to give birth. I feel this is my role as a midwife. I work to facilitate positive outcomes through education, understanding and trust. I honor the requests and special needs of the birthing woman or couple, within my scope of experience and knowledge of safety and the rules governing midwifery practice in Colorado. I lend my experience and knowledge to parents to help them make responsible decisions concerning themselves and their child and to promote family growth through bonding.
- Certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, American Heart Association
- Certified in Neonatal Resuscitation, American Academy of Pediatrics & American Heart Association
- Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), North American Registry of Midwives since 2004
- Registered Midwife-Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies since 1994
Colorado Midwives Association
The CMA has been at the forefront of legalizing midwifery in Colorado, maintaining this legal status and keeping the practice safe by upgrading the law and rules for Colorado registered midwives. I am one of the founding members of this organization. I have been involved with the lobbying efforts for the CMA since 1990. I have held various positions on the board of directors over the years and am now past President and Legislative Chair of the Colorado Midwives Association.
International Humanitarian Work
In 2004 I had the opportunity to travel to Afghanistan with an educational aid organization and Boulder midwife, Jennifer Braun, to see if we could help train Afghan women to be midwives. This was the beginning of International Midwife Assistance. Since 2004 IMA has trained midwives in Afghanistan and Uganda and currently supports a comprehensive maternal and newborn health center in Soroti, Uganda. In the fall of 2012 I went to Soroti, Uganda to work in the Teso Safe Motherhood Project clinic. My experience in both settings has reinforced my gratitude for where I live and the work I do and has enhanced my understanding and admiration of the work woman do all over the world.