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 Beginnings
My Radiant Beginnings1 day ago
"The photos, taken in the hours after the mothers gave birth, are part of a touching new ‘My Midwife’ interview series by international development organisation WaterAid, which highlights the different experiences of women around the world."

Love these photographs!
My Radiant Beginnings
My Radiant Beginnings2 days ago
A new show to watch for if you love "Call the Midwife"!
My Radiant Beginnings
My Radiant Beginnings3 days ago
Judging the intensity of contractions is the most speculative, as MANY first time moms originally report a 6 when I’m doing a labor assessment and then well after the baby is born and we are doing a recap, they laugh and say, “I didn’t know how intense it was going to be; looking back, I’d call that a 3!!”

Check out the blog for some questions and a rule of thumb for judging the intensity: http://bit.ly/2sj5mf9
My Radiant Beginnings
My Radiant Beginnings3 days ago
TIP: Download a contraction timer app on your phone! SO much simpler and user-friendly than pencil/paper! http://bit.ly/2sj5mf9

There are a lot of options, and you can just search for "contraction timer" in your phone's app store. Here are just a few options:

Lamaze Mobile App: http://bit.ly/2rDdt3o

Full Term: http://apple.co/2sVQrJa

Contraction Master: http://bit.ly/2rD46Rv
My Radiant Beginnings
My Radiant Beginnings5 days ago
“You figure it was there for a reason, but I never knew it was so amazing for the baby,” nurse and researcher Courtney Buss told the Chicago Tribune about the white, waxy substance, called vernix, that coats a newborn’s skin and is often washed off too hastily.

Now Buss’s Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, along with five other hospitals out of Chicago’s Advocate hospital system, are adopting a “wait to bathe” policy, spurred on by Buss’s research on outcomes as part of a fellowship for studying best practices.
My Radiant Beginnings
My Radiant Beginnings5 days ago
Most first-time moms have between an 18 – 24 hour labor from first labor sign until delivery. There are of course exceptions, but generally speaking, this means you have time to labor at home even if you're having a hospital delivery.

Are you overwhelmed or confused by what to look for or do? This blog post is a good place to start.