Years of practice: I became an RN in 1978. I worked in L&D, Emergency, NICU, PedICU for 20 yrs before becoming a nurse-midwife.
Why did you become a midwife? I became a nurse-midwife because I wanted to have a more progressive role in caring for women. I wanted more advanced education and training. I thought about going to medical school to become an obstetrician, but realized that I was most interested in the midwifery model of care.
What do you wish women knew about pregnancy or birth? I wish that women were more empowered, in pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. I want to be a source of knowledge and empowerment for them to make their own best decisions and choices.
What were your own birth experiences like? My first pregnancy was at age 19. I was completely unaware of what was happening to me. In those days, we never heard our babies’ heartbeat or saw an ultrasound. It was all a mystery. We had no support in labor and birth. It was all scary and lonely. I want to make sure the mothers I care for feel respected, heard, guided and supported.
If you could change one thing about women's health care, what would it be? If I could change one thing about women’s health care it would be to train more nurse-midwives. I believe the future will need more of us and we need to be ready. I love this work!