Trust in birth and midwifery runs deep in our family. My mother gave birth to me at home with midwives, and my four children have all been born at home as well. Birth stories have always captivated me. I was lucky enough to marry an open-minded man who whole-heartedly supported and embraced my passion for home birth and midwifery. In fact, in 2010, he co-founded a company that makes software for midwives. The success of that product (and the whole family commitment required to help!) allowed me the opportunity to see midwifery through the eyes of women who had been doing it for decades.
Although Sarita and I met back in our home state of WV, I began formally studying midwifery with her here in Charlottesville in 2014. As so often happens, life didn’t go according to plans, and offered up learning experiences beyond my formal studies. Over the course of the program I experienced a late pregnancy loss and, a year later, the home birth of my youngest, Vivian. Now a toddler, she isn’t as patient with my studies as she once was. But the process of becoming her mother, has reaffirmed the importance of midwifery for me. Once again I’ve felt its positive impact on my family, as well as the power of being with women through the full gamut of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood.