I know that preparing for labor and giving birth is a personal and intimate experience. In addition to personally giving birth naturally eight times, I have assisted hundreds of women as a midwife and doula. My own experiences in childbirth challenged me personally and gave me a deeper appreciation for the inherent strength of women and the natural birth experience for the baby. Childbirth served to be an awakening experience for me in which I realized the need for women to be supported through this stage of life. It became my passion to serve other women throughout their childbearing year - that they, too, might discover her inherent strength and welcome her child in the gentlest way possible.
Traditionally, midwifery was not a career, but a rite of passage handed down from one generation to the next. Experienced women served to support pregnant women and assist them through pregnancy, birth and even after. The births of my own children became the catalyst for my midwifery training.
For over 20 years, I have practiced an holistic and herbally-based lifestyle with an interest in alternative medicine, homeopathics, traditional chinese medicine and whole foods based nutrition. After the birth of my third child, in 2004, I began independent study of midwifery in preparation for a midwifery apprenticeship. Finally in 2013 I entered a formal apprenticeship which provided me with years of hands-on experience under the guidance of two midwives. It has been my privilege to attend the births of over 250 babies and serve as a source of prenatal and postpartum support to over 500 women.
I am passionate about natural birth and a strong advocate for mother-and-baby centered care. I believe that how a mother and her infant are treated during pregnancy and labor can and will leave lasting effects and with this I offer compassionate and personalized midwifery services. I will offer education and guidance as make choices regarding what is best for your family.
In addition to midwifery and hands-on labor support, I have provided postpartum care to hundreds of women through my well-reputed placenta preparation team which has served over 500 women since 2013. I have training in nutrition, the use of herbs and essential oils, aromatherapy, kinesiology, hypnobirthing, waterbirth, VBAC and HBAC, placenta preparation and belly binding. I seek to provide a holistic maternity experience for both you and your baby through the incorporation of body, mind and spirit awareness for your best possible birth experience.
I am a strong advocate for family-centered living. I am wife, partner and best friend to Aaron for over 20 years and together we have had the challenge and honor of raising and homeschooling our children - 2 sons: Micayah & Malakye, and 6 daughters: Lauryn, Naomi, Niamh, Caitríona, Sinéad and Nicola. I have been involved with buyer’s groups and coops to assist other families within the community and inspire further interest in holistic health. During my childhood and young adult life, I was a baton twirler and traveled on competitive and performing teams at the local, state and national level. My interest and history in dance has provided me with a strong physical and mental foundation and a discipline that grew into a love for performing arts, especially culturally-based dance. Many of my children are Irish dancers and have performed and competed with a few of them becoming national and world qualifiers. In 2018, our family relocated from the Southwest of the US back to our home state of Pennsylvania. I am thrilled to offer homebirth midwifery services in the same state where I had my own first homebirth decades ago. For leisure, I enjoy hiking, reading and spending time at home with my husband and children. My family has been my biggest source of support during my midwifery career.