Tell us about your family:
I grew up in a small mountain town in northeast Pennsylvania and married my college sweetheart. We have two daughters, 8 and 6-years-old. Baby number three is due in February!
How did you get involved with midwifery?
When I was pregnant with my first baby, I realized how much I didn’t know about childbirth. I was a history and English teacher at the time, and true to my style, I began to study everything I could find on the subject. It was my Bradley childbirth teacher and doula who guided my belief that women are made to give birth. She instilled in me the confidence in my own body, which may have been the first time in my life that I thought of my body as beautiful and powerful. My experience giving birth was empowering for me and I began supporting others in the role of doula. Eventually I needed to know more… and here I am still learning and being inspired by the beauty and strength innately in us as women.
What is the best part of being a midwife?
Witnessing the power of birth, it is chilling. It builds and builds in intensity and then is balanced out by the presentation of the pure and delicate newborn.
What is the hardest part of being a midwife?
Being on call is tough. I want to stay up late but I know I should go to bed early in case I can get a few hours in before being up all night.
What do you enjoy doing on your time off?
I love hiking, especially backcountry. Traveling is also important to me; although, I haven’t done much world travel since having children. Now we travel mainly to visit our family on the East coast.
List your top five favorite books:
I like to read historical fiction books. Recently, I started a Ken Follett trilogy and I’m looking forward to book three. I started Kate Swartz’ emigrant trilogy as well. Her third book comes out in December. I never read a book twice, so I don’t really have favorites… that would mean I’d read them again.
List your top five favorite movies:
I haven’t seen an adult movie in 8 years. Family movie night is rated G. Luckily there’s lots of good ones out there: Ice Age, The Croods, Brave, and The Bee Movie. Despicable Me 2 is on our list to go see soon.
I like any restaurant in a foreign country with traditional foods (minus the gluten now-a-days)
What’s one thing that might surprise clients about you?
I really enjoyed my twenties, traveling the world. I lived in England and went through a phase of night clubbing with my hair dyed bright pink. I lived in Japan for two years and went to Tokyo every other weekend to dance, once in in a room full of bubbles. I was able to experience most of Europe thanks to the convenient rail system. I also traveled to Korea and, my favorite place so far, Thailand. I spent three months there and would like to go visit again someday.
If you weren’t a midwife, what could you see yourself doing?
I always wanted to be an anthropologist or travel journalist. Both seemed unrealistic to me when I was in college, so I became a teacher. It’s funny to think I didn’t even know what a midwife was then. I wonder if, a decade from now, I’ll find another subject I’m as passionate about as midwifery?
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from being a midwife?
There is no such thing as knowing it all. Everyday is a new experience with something more to learn.