Willowsong Online Community Coordinator & Retreat Co-Facilitator
I usually like to tell people that Midwifery is in my blood…literally. Growing up the daughter of a midwife, I have been able to see the dedication, tenacity, love, sacrifice, and struggles it takes to be a midwife in our community.
It has been almost 12yrs now since I started working with midwives in our community. I started as a receptionist at a local midwifery practice, and soon became a medical biller. I knew early in my life that I did not want to become a midwife, but I still wanted to serve women, babies, and their families. I figured that if I didn’t become a midwife, I would still need to be very active in the midwifery community. After the homebirth of my son in 2005, I decided that I would become a Doula. I took my certification course in 2006, and have been a doula in the Des Moines community ever since. I started my own private Doula practice called Beautiful Birthing in 2009 www.beautifulbirthingdsm.com. I am continuously educating myself by attending midwifery conferences, birth center conferences, midwifery assistance courses with Ina May at The Farm, and have completed my Placenta Encapsulation certification.
Outside of my volunteer work with the Healing Passages community, I am a mother and devoted wife. I have a passion for health and fitness. I love to travel and have been to Scotland to visit my husband’s family. I consider myself a novice in the kitchen, but my friends would disagree. I am a distributor for Young Living essential oils and my family also regularly uses chiropractic care, acupuncture, and believes firmly in utilizing alternative medicine to allow the body to heal itself naturally. The Healing Passages concept has evolved into something that offers childbearing women and their families an amazing opportunity to approach their experience in a holistic and personalized way, and I am so excited to be a part of that journey!