I am a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) licensed in the state of Arizona since 2001.
I began supporting birthing women in 1996 after becoming an ALACE certified doula. I studied midwifery with Ancient Art Apprentice Academics while apprenticing in the traditional way.
Being Born Is Important
Being born is important
You who have stood at the bed posts
and seen a mother on her high harvest day,
the day of the most golden of harvest moons for her.
You who have seen the new wet child
Dried behind the ears,
swaddled in soft fresh garments,
pursing its lips and sending a groping mouth
toward nipples where the white milk is ready.
You who have seen this love’s payday
of wild toiling and sweet agonizing.
You know being born is important.
You know that nothing else was ever so important to you.
You understand that the payday of love is so old,
So involved, so traced with the circles of the moon,
So cunning with the secrets of the salts of the blood,
It must be older than the moon, older than the salt.
I am a native of Phoenix and have lived in the east valley for over 30 years, raising a menagerie of kids and animals. I have 7 grown children, birthed naturally from hospital to birth center to home birth, and I am blessed with a growing number of grandchildren. I loved being pregnant, from the anticipation of first kicks to that powerful feeling of a slippery new baby coming up on my belly. I loved the euphoria of breast-feeding and gazing into those wise eyes. It gives me great pleasure to educate, assist, and encourage women to not only give birth well, but also embrace and enjoy mothering.
My passion now is encouraging and empowering mothers. It begins with pregnancy and birth. Birth is important. I love what I do!