I first fell in love with midwifery in college when I heard medical anthropologist, Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD, speak about the medicalization of birth in the U.S. The story was fascinating and infuriating, but it took me several more years to realize that I could help to rewrite that story. I went to college in NYC and after graduation I lived in Brooklyn and I worked investigating allegations of police misconduct for the city. When most of my colleagues went off to become lawyers, I felt the best path for me would be to work to prevent inequalities. So I went off to Ann Arbor, MI where I completed a dual degree in public health and social work with a concentration in women's and reproductive health. While in Ann Arbor, I trained as a doula and attended births as a volunteer. My social work practice was clinically based and I did home-based "infant mental health" with mother's and their families prenatally and postpartum. Then in the summer of 2005, I traveled to Ghana to work with a midwife and her non-profit organization teaching childbirth education classes, and evaluating their success. It was my first experience working internationally, and it started a life-long passion for travel and international reproductive health work. While at UMICH I worked with ExpandNet, an organization focused on improving the science behind, and practice of, scaling-up health innovations. Those skills I took to the south where I worked for FHI 360 in Durham, NC on research utilization in sub-Saharan Africa. My main projects focusing on scaling-up the community-based distribution of contraceptives in Uganda, Nigeria, and other countries. I loved all my work over those 10 years, but eventually missed working directly with women and decided that it was finally time to become a midwife. So I returned home to the northeast (I grew up in Needham, MA), and attended Yale School of Nursing for 3 years. During that time I was a student midwife with the Midwives at Mt Auburn, and I realized then that finding a better midwifery practice would be nearly impossible! When I graduated, I married my husband, (a Colombian who I had met in Ghana in 2005), and then moved to Bogota, Colombia. We moved back to the U.S. for my work in 2013, and now have a daughter who was born into the hands of midwives. Midwifery is a practice that is infinitely rewarding, and reminds me daily to stay present and mindful of all of life's beauty and challenges.