My Birthing Philosophy

I believe birth is a beautiful, natural process and that women have freedom and choices! I see my role as healthcare provider to educate and encourage women along their journey towards a radiant beginning. From the actual physical miracle of new life developing within to the more subtle but equally as miraculous birth of a new mother (whether this is her first child or her fifth!), my goal is to equip you for the upcoming adventure.

I hope to encourage and educate in order to empower not only the couple but also the entire family. As the parents of the unborn child I believe your healthcare is your ultimate responsibility. I hope to partner together with you and look forward to your experiences. I believe prevention can go a long way toward avoiding certain outcomes or complications. I want you to be active in your care and communication about your desires. I will do my best in all circumstances, except where there is concern for the safety of mom/baby, to honor those requests.

While I cannot guarantee each couple who chooses to book with me will have an out-of-hospital birth, I believe everyone has a role to play, to the best of their abilities, to lend towards optimal outcomes. As a licensed midwife, I must follow state regulations that work as a frame to guide and protect. If your pregnancy should fall outside my realm of practice at any point, I will do my best to help you make alternative plans for the remainder of your pregnancy and birth. I will work to assist low risk clients in their journey throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery and the postpartum phase.

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My Radiant Beginnings1 day ago
Monitrice? No, it's not the mythical creature at the center of the maze.

The Midwife Answers: Early labor support at home for planned hospital births.

As a licensed midwife I am able to offer the extra services of monitoring your baby’s heart rate, taking your vital signs and performing cervical exams (if requested) to help ascertain the appropriate time to head to the hospital so that you can enjoy the comfort of your home in that early stage of labor.
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My Radiant Beginnings6 days ago
I experienced my first midwife/home birth journey alongside my sister, who was in her first pregnancy at the time with an OB. The differences in our care, time spent, information given and attention received were clearly noted for both of us the more we debriefed after each appointment. (So much so, that she elected to use a nurse midwife for baby #2 and had a home birth with baby #3!)
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My Radiant Beginnings1 week ago
As we wrap up the blog series on hospital vs. home births on the website this week, I want to make sure one thing is heard loud and clear:

I am not anti-hospital.

I am anti-routine and anti-“we are doing it this way because that’s what we’ve always done.”

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Comment below with your experience of "routine" not making sense for your situation, in childbirth or regular healthcare. Have you had the chance to experience individualized treatment? What was that like?
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My Radiant Beginnings1 week ago
I'm sure many of you have a few stories to tell about unhelpful responses to declaring your intent to have a home birth. Share in the comments below!

What do you wish people would say instead? How can you be better supported, especially by someone who may not have done the research you have into birthing choices?