My journey to becoming a Midwife began with my own birth in 1981. I was the first of three children born at home. From that peaceful beginning came an interest in working with mothers and families throughout their entire pregnancy, birth and postpartum: educating them to be empowered to make choices that are right for them. I began attending births in 2004. For several years I supported women as a Doula. I later traveled to Latin America where I had the privilege of studying with Indigenous Granny Midwives and Traditional Birth Attendants. During this time I was able to deepen my understanding of natural childbirth and the inherent wisdom women hold to give birth.
In 2007 I began a MEAC Accredited Midwifery Education Program at Maternidad la Luz in El Paso, Texas. In 2008 I became a Licensed Midwife in the state of Texas, as well as a Certified Professional Midwife. At that time I began working as a staff Midwife at the Maternidad la Luz Birth Center. Upon finishing the three-year program in the fall of 2009 I returned to California and began practicing in conjunction with other Midwives. I am licensed by The Medical Board of California, as well as certified by the North American Registry of Midwives. Over the years I have had the opportunity to attend births in a variety of settings including home, hospital, and birth center. In a world where natural childbirth is largely threatened, I am dedicated to offering alternatives to conventional care. I strongly believe that how families choose to birth their children should be respected as a basic human right no matter where they live on planet Earth.
I currently divide my time between Mendocino County, California and San Ignacio, Belize. I speak English and Spanish