Midwifery Training and Experience:
have been involved in midwifery since 2003, and working in birth since
1997. In my practice I have attended
over 175 births, both here in the US and abroad during my privileged time to
attend women in rural Senegal, Africa.
formal education for licensed midwives such as myself is a three-year didactic
and clinical training program in a school approved by the Medical Board of
California. I have attended the National College of Midwifery, in Taos, New
Mexico, and then applied to take the National Association of Registered
Midwives (NARM) exam, which in California is applicable for state and national
licensure. I currently hold both a
Licensed Midwife (LM) license for California and a Certified Professional
Midwife (CPM) license from NARM. In addition, I am formally trained in
neonatal and adult resuscitation, fetal monitoring and obstetrical emergencies.
I review these and other skills biennially as a part of continuing education
requirements. I also hold a certification for Specialized Waterbirth Training from Waterbirth International.
I believe in the midwifery
model of care, which respects the autonomy of adult women and acknowledges the healthy woman as the primary
decision maker throughout her childbearing experience. I uphold the client's
right to make informed choices about the manner and circumstance of normal
pregnancy and childbirth and endeavor to facilitate this process by providing
complete, relevant, objective information in a supportive and honest manner, while
continually assessing safety considerations
and the possible risks to mother and baby.
model of care is based on traditional, science based, non-medical principles that
have been proven successful. Technically this process is called physiological
management. There is an innate belief
that birth is a natural and effective process, and my role is as a guardian and
monitor for unforeseen anomalies and aberrations in normal pregnancy and
management is the science-based model of normal maternity care and it is my
belief that it should be the foremost standard for all healthy women with
normal pregnancies, regardless of the setting for labor and birth (home or
hospital) or the type of care provider (midwife or physician). That begins
during the initial consultation and continues through the completion of care.
In addition to assessment, this includes risk prevention, risk reduction and referral or
transfer of care to a physician or medical facility whenever necessary or at
the mother’s request at any time during pregnancy, labor or afterward.