Let me start with my school background. I graduated from Central Washington University in 1998, with a BS in Community Health Education and a Minor in Nutrition. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to educate people. Out of college I was hired as the Aquatics Director at the YMCA. There, I educated families on the importance of water safety. I trained young adults in lifeguarding and swim instructor skills. I taught fitness classes and was a personal trainer. I enjoyed educating people about the choices they have with regards to their own bodies. This passion for helping people brought me to the "birth world"! I was toying with the idea of going to back to school to become a nurse but, something just didn't feel right. When I witnessed my first unmedicated birth, then my first out of hospital birth, I knew! This is where I wanted to be! I began as a birth assistant in 2002 for Cascade Birth Center. I instantly fell in love with helping families bring their newest addition into their lives. I attended a little over 100 births in 2 years (which included many friends to whom I didn't assist). In 2004, my oldest daughter was born and I took a break from being on call. I took time to be a mom and continue growing our family. In 2008, my husband and I became Foster Parents. I held on to my passion of once again being amongst the Midwifery community. I just needed to be patient. Meanwhile, I continued to study all the benefits of out of hospital births. My best friend was accepted to the Bastyr Midwifery program in September 2010. I thought that I might have to live vicariously through her for a while when.... in October of 2011 I received a call from Puget Sound Birth Center. They were looking for a few birth assistants! So, here I am....attending births again! I feel very at home in this community. I am also blessed to be the mother of 3 beautiful girls and wife to a fantastic man.
I look forward to educating others about this amazing profession.