I have been serving the birthing women in the Austin and surrounding communities since 1996 both as a midwife and occasionally as a doula. Each woman, each family, each birth and each baby teaches me more and more about the strength, courage, challenges, vulnerability and beauty of being human. Laboring breaks down the walls and defenses that we have all built up over our lifetime. Then when a woman gives birth, she and her baby bond very deeply. It is a beautiful gift to see time and time again.
I have given birth to 2 children, one at home and one in the hospital. My hospital birth led me to the path of midwifery and my homebirth led me to be a midwife. With each of my births, I learned some very important and fundamental things that birthing women need; respect, privacy and faith. When a woman is simply given respect, privacy and faith, she is left feeling glorious, fulfilled and peaceful.
Why are respect, privacy and faith so important? When a woman is truly respected, she can walk the birth path with her head held high, a natural leader in the work of birthing. When a woman is given privacy, she will find her way in the surrender to birth with less effort. And when a woman is shown faith, she is given a life gift. Faith is unconditional trust and knowing. When these things are allowed to unfold, the mother is better prepared for the journey of motherhood.
In my years as a midwife, I have spent many hours lobbying our legislators, both in Texas and Illinois, about the many benefits of midwifery care. While our laws in Texas allow women to have the birth of their choice, Illinois women are not so lucky. Midwifery is illegal in Illinois and comes with possible felony charges for the midwife. I feel very passionate about changing the laws in Illinois.
I have also served on the Texas Midwifery Board for the last 12 years. The Midwifery Board governs the practice of licensed midwives in Texas and it is an honor to serve in this capacity. I believe it is important to participate in the creating and implementing of the laws and rules we practice under, bringing a loving spirit and reminding our politicians about the very basic human right of giving birth.
I love homebirth and I love midwifery. Peaceful birthing to you all...
Certified Professional Midwife
central texas midwife
austin area midwife
My Commitment to Students
As part of my commitment to the future of midwifery, I also train students. Typically I have one student at a time, so the care you receive from us is intimate. You will get to know the student and she will be an integral part of your care. I only choose students who are committed to becoming a midwife, who are smart and compassionate and have that “special something” it takes to be a midwife. In other words, I only choose students that I would want to have helping me give birth. I have had wonderful students over the years and my current student is no exception.