Education and Training
Michigan State University, MI, M.S. Entomology
University of Missouri-Columbia, MO, M.S.N./C.N.M.
Like many of my sister midwives, I did not start out knowing midwifery was my calling. A summer job on the Cape working with gypsy moths introduced entomology to me as I was finishing my bachelors at Mount Holyoke, but while I was working on my master’s at Michigan State, the epiphany came. Acting as a doula for a fellow grad student in labor, complete with a week-long induction and eventual c-section, convinced me that I should stop thinking about bugs and start thinking about babies. It took ten years from that point to become a midwife. Every step of the way, I knew I was on the right track. I loved nursing school at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. Attending grad school at the University of Missouri-Columbia for the second time, was not easy as a single mom. But I’m a bit of a geek so I happily wallowed in data between diaper changes and day care runs.
Now that I’ve been a midwife for over 20 years, I’ve discovered that the learning never stops. Midwifery has so many side avenues and parkways to explore. I particularly like working with our Alternative Insemination program and helping families who are experiencing social or biological infertility. I work with the Massachusetts Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review committee housed at the Department of Public Health and feel great satisfaction when the results of our case reviews give birth to powerful protocol recommendations that help prevent maternal mortality.
When I’m not working, I spend time with my three girls and my husband on our farm in Western Massachusetts.