Motherhood and midwifery has been a calling of mine almost all my life. I was twelve years old when I bought my first book about pregnancy and birth. Even through the confusing years of high school and college, my curiosity about the birth process returned again and again. (My final college paper was on, “The Depiction of Pregnancy in 19th Century Art.”)
A problematic history with the hospital system after the lengthy illness and death of my mother led me and my husband to a homebirth for our first child. By the birth of our second, I had become a
childbirth educator. By our third, I was studying to be a doula. I started attending births and helped families postpartum, but I secretly harbored the wish that I could do more for my clients. I wanted to give them the opportunity I was lucky enough to enjoy—the calm of a homebirth, and the confidence that comes from birthing in the place of their choosing, with the people they want, with as little intervention in the natural process as possible.
Becoming a Certified Professional Midwife was the culmination of all those years of study, work, and observation. (Karen's Biography) Seeing births from the midwife’s perspective justified my experience and my conviction that home birth was fundamentally different than hospital birth. Rather than patients writhing in pain and begging for drugs, I saw women eat, sleep, walk, dance, take care of children, joke, and smile through most of their labors, sometimes even up to the moment of birth. They were sometimes quiet, or sometimes howled their babies into the world with pain and joy. These strong and satisfied clients weren’t the exceptions. They were the rule.
This is what I truly believe – That while homebirth is not for everyone, with rigorous screening, scrupulous observation, and respectful and mutual decision-making between a pregnant person and their birth team, it can be a safe, family-centered option for many.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.
“When a woman births, not only is a baby being born but so is a mother.
How we treat her will affect how she feels about herself as a mother
and as a parent.
Be gentle. Be kind. Listen.”
― Ruth Ehrhardt, The Basic Needs of a Woman in Labour