Such a beautiful word! I have always loved time spent with babies. LOVED it. And from the time I was a little one, I have WAITED for the day when I would be the mama. During the waiting, I worked at a children’s hospital and became a registered nurse.
When my first daughter finally arrived -in a beautiful birth at a freestanding birth center- the waiting was over. While I loved every moment of motherhood, we had our share of breastfeeding challenges during the first days and weeks after her arrival. I became convinced that mothers in Des Moines needed more breastfeeding support, and, just weeks before my second daughter was born, I became a Certified Breastfeeding Educator.
When my son (baby number three!) was ten months old, I attended the first ever session of the Babywearing Institute in Logan, Utah, and later finished coursework to become a Certified Babywearing Educator.
When baby number four was six months old, the beautiful Willowsong midwives gave me the chance to begin working with them as their MotherBaby nurse. I continue to see our new mothers and babies at one and two week postpartum home visits, and also teach prenatal breastfeeding classes and keep breastfeeding open hours at the clinic each week.
For our family, the Willowsong midwives have always provided the perfect balance: knowledge and respect for both natural birth and current evidence-based practice.
I am humbled to work alongside them and am amazed at the chance to do this work that I love.