The birth of my first son, born in 2002 at home, began my journey to become a midwife. I was amazed at the power that filled me during his birth and the power that propelled me into motherhood. I knew then that my life had changed and I would someday become a midwife. Each of my three births was its own rite of passage; leading me to a newer, stronger self. They solidified my trust in the female body and the incredible innate knowledge all women have about birth and motherhood.
My background as a gifted middle school teacher naturally led me to seek out a career in childbirth education. I began my studies and training in 2002 with the Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth. I had the pleasure of teaching many families in Hampton Roads about birth and instill in them the trust to give birth their way. During that time, I attended over 20 births as a labor assistant for the families in my classes. These births confirmed my desire to assist women to trust the birth process and achieve a satisfying, empowering birth. I ended my affiliation with the Bradley Method® in the summer of 2009. During this time, I developed and wrote my own childbirth education curriculum, Empowering Birth Classes. With this curriculum, I was able to include the spiritual and emotional connections of labor and birth, speak more clearly on topics that are important to pregnant women, and include the Midwives Model of Care as a basis for maternity care.
My family has long since been supportive of midwifery based care. My husband, Mithra, is a Chiropractor and wholly believes that the body is made to work perfectly. He comes from a family of Chiropractors and homebirthers. We all live consciously and strive for healthy balance.
I am active in several organizations that make a great effort to improve maternity care throughout Virginia including Birth Matters Virginia, ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) of Hampton Roads, Partners in Birth and the Area Childbirth Educators Quarterly Resource Group. I have attended many educational workshops and conferences in order to expand my knowledge about labor, birth and postpartum including the DONA Doula Training Workshop and Birth Works Childbirth Educator’s Training Workshop to enhance my doula and teaching skills.
I began my apprenticeship with Jenny and Terri in June 2010. I look forward to the journey. I am honored to learn from each woman and each family that entrusts their care to these valuable midwives.