MS, ARNP, CNM
Founder, Executive Director, Staff Certified Nurse-Midwife
The idea of being a midwife was put into my head long before I understood what that meant, in commitment, in sacrifice, in vision for humanity. As a young girl, on an innate level, I did understand that BIRTH is a part of life and found it odd that we chose as a society to separate it from that everyday life that we all value, and instead, institutionalize it. It just made sense to me that birth would be better untouched, private, sacred; connected intimately to our planet’s rhythms —the tides, the moon phases, the weather changes. This really resonates with me. If we, humanity, are connected to birth, we are more connected to our Planet Earth.
BIRTH has taught me a great deal about life. I try and surrender every day to the simple rhythms that have so much to teach us… greeting the day, cooking our food, playing with the kids, walking the dog, winding down with my husband. I have two children, an eleven year old daughter and a seven year old son, with whom I strive to spend as much time as I can. I love being a mother. It fills my soul, much the same way that being a midwife does. I live in the kitchen at home, cooking whole foods for my family. I am introverted, one who seeks solitude to replenish. I prefer silence; earned a BA in Philosophy before going back to become a midwife; and am usually a few minutes late, rather than early. When I feel lost in life, I take comfort in my connection to the global humanity and the resilience of the human spirit.
Behind every midwife there is a strong support network — her community. My husband is my rock and assumes much of this burden. We have been together for fourteen years. We identify with having a marriage of purpose, one that intentionally supports each other in our journeys to fulfill our individual life purposes. That is not an easy task. Being the husband of a midwife requires a unique soul, for the demands of being on-call for out-of-hospital birth weigh heavily on a family; the hours away are unpredictable and long. Our combined visions for our community and ultimately the sustainability of the planet work synergistically. His passion is in creating and building, and he is the vision behind the Green & Main pilot project that was designed to be this beautiful home of Healing Passages Birth & Wellness Center.
I would not be where I am today without my community. To my husband and children, I thank you for dropping and rolling with me when the pager goes off. To extended family, I cannot imagine living and working in Des Moines without you. To the women & men of Willowsong, thank you, for patiently teaching me all along the way. You are all my wings.