Since opening Carmel Midwifery & Women’s Health in the summer of 2013, I’ve been so busy catching babies that I haven’t had much time to blog! But I’m finally sitting down to write, and in this post I want to tell you a little more about myself.
Being a midwife is just part of who I am. I’ve always been a midwife, even before it was my official full time career. No matter where I turned or what job title I held, some part of me was constantly drawn to being with women and their families.
Because that’s the really simple definition of the term “midwife.” Just being with women. But what I bring to my work with women is something a little different than the average midwife.
- Hippie Earth Mother
- I lean toward a more boho look–flowing tunics, Birkenstocks until snow falls, loose curly hair.
- I’ve been studying herbal medicine with Susun Weed for two decades.
- My pantry is full of loose herbs and tinctures, whole grains and coconut milk.
- All of my own children were born into the hands of a midwife in an alternative birth setting.
- I work closely with a medicine woman in pursuit of a fulfilling spiritual life.
- But I’m also a…
Skilled, Experienced Clinician
I worked at Riley Hospital for Children for years before becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife, as both a staff nurse and a charge nurse. Want to know where I spent most of my time? In pediatric operating rooms assisting the most skilled surgeons in the country with complex neurosurgical procedures. Or coordinating surgeons, nurses, and techs in an intricate dance of managing both traumas and minor surgeries for tiny human beings. Humbling.
- Modern medicine exists for a reason, and I know when it’s necessary to forego a more natural approach for a medical one.
- And while I am a firm believer in the normalcy of birth and the safety of homebirth for low risk women, I also know when it’s time to transfer to the hospital.
- Living in the Grey
- I’m all about living in the grey, because life just isn’t as simple as black and white.
- And neither is birth.
- I dress like a hippy midwife, but I shop at Nordstrom Rack.
- I love my herbal medicine, but I also write prescriptions.
- I love home birth, but have fierce respect for my hospital-based colleagues.
- And I understand that today’s woman wants a midwife who can offer her an idyllic 1970’s, spiritual midwifery experience overseen by a skilled clinician who knows how to assess and manage emergent situations.