As the second of six children born at home, I never questioned that home birth was normal! When I became pregnant in 2001 I planned a home birth with local midwives. Nine months after I delivered my first of three children at home, I attended my first birth as a doula, to support a friend birthing with the same midwife who had attended my birth. My midwife commented that she saw my skills in birth and suggested I would make a great midwife!
That was my lightbulb moment. I had been studying holistic health modalities (herbs, nutrition, reiki) and wondered how to bring all of these tools together. Soon after I became that friend that everyone wanted at their births. After giving birth to my second child I took a doula training and started attending births professionally as a doula.
I have attended roughly 300 births in the capacity of doula and student midwife over the past 17 years. I started my official midwifery training in 2008 with enrollment in National Midwifery Institute and apprenticeship with local licensed midwife Sunshine Tomlin LM (also a graduate of National Midwifery Institute). I have been working towards completion of the program slowly with pauses for life, family, and maintaining my thriving doula practice. During the course of my apprenticeship, I have been honored to assist and apprentice with several other local midwives and learn from a variety of styles of practice. I graduated from National Midwifery Institute in May of 2019 and sat for my NARM exam in June of 2019 and now have my Midwifery License from the California Medical Board.
Additional skills and training include - DONA birth doula training, Yoga teacher training (Whole Birth and Vinyasa Flow), life coaching training, Spinning Babies, Rebozo for Birth Workers, Reiki Master level attunement, as well as various midwifery skills trainings and conferences.