Service-oriented Certified Professional Midwife. Committed to ethical conduct and respectful relationships within the midwifery community. Compassionate leadership style. Life-long learning personality. Focused on collaboration and education of midwives to find the 'key' to each person, identifying individual needs in cultural contexts. Dedicated to becoming a local and international educator and leader in global maternal and newborn health services. Passionate about networking for non-profit organizations and personal friendships.
A 2014 graduate of Midwives College of Utah, I currently serve on the school's Board of Directors and work as a mentor for its students. After the home births of my three children, I became involved in birth work: first as a doula, then as a midwife's apprentice, and finally as a state licensed midwife with my own community practice. The challenges I faced as a midwife have inspired me to broaden my scope and view of the role of midwifery in community, culture, education, and government.
I am dedicated to education, not only my own continued learning, but to others' as well. My philosophy of 'empowerment through education' has been a consistent theme in my professional, personal, and service endeavors. My early professional career as an Occupational Therapist in San Francisco and then Utah allowed me the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, master team collaboration, and hone my active listening skills. I was able to improve the quality of life of the people I worked with by developing community programs and providing patient and caregiver education. As a doula, I was honored with a Community Service award in 2012 for teaching childbirth education classes to women and at-risk teens in Davis County, Utah. My current work with midwifery students involves providing continuity of care and coaching throughout their educational journey. My fifteen years of experience teaching my own children at home has provided me lessons in adaption, flexibility, patience, and fortitude. My goal is to teach others 'how' to think rather than 'what' to think.
My interests include hiking, exploring the diverse cultures of the world, paddle boarding, volunteering, and learning new languages. My favorite people to spend time with are my husband of 24 years and our three children. Together, we make quite a team and would definitely win a family version of The Amazing Race.