I have been an active birth advocate for my local community for over 15 years. I received my undergraduate degree in 2013 from Maryville University in St. Louis, and worked as a childbirth educator, doula, and family coach before I began working in the hospital as a cardiac and labor and delivery nurse. I received my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in Nurse-Midwifery in 2019 from Frontier Nursing University and my Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Missouri State University in 2023 and am a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM).
My midwifery journey began when I opened a small, community-based homebirth midwifery practice providing out-of-hospital birth and women’s healthcare. I absolutely love creating connections to the women and families in my community and have established some amazing, lasting relationships with families. Through that practice, I was able to provide holistic care and create a space where women and families felt safe and heard. I came to FMCC to expand my reach and care for even more families, and hopefully have an even greater impact.
My approach to pregnancy and birth is to encourage and inspire women to make informed decisions about their care. I seek to be gentle, warm, and lead with love. Nursing has been a part of who I am since I was little. I remember making a mini hospital in my bedroom with my dolls and teddy bears, making them all little casts. I love being a nurse, because it allows me to do so much with very little: a kind touch, a warm blanket, or a listening ear can make the biggest difference in someone’s day.
I love being a nurse-midwife because I am able to combine traditional and holistic practices with modern medicine and science. I can provide low-intervention care for those that desire it and provide more support and medical help for those that want or need it.
I am also dedicated to perinatal and women’s mental health and seek to support and offer hope to new families navigating the ups and downs of fertility journeys, new parenthood, or even the challenges of daily life. For those that are struggling with anxiety, depression, or other perinatal mood disorders, it’s my desire to let them know that there is help and there is hope. And it is possible to feel well.
I am happily married to my husband, John, and we have four children. I love spending time with my family, traveling, studying languages and cultures, and enjoy most of the arts. I am also fluent in Spanish and love working with culturally diverse populations. It is my hope that my optimistic outlook can help inspire those around me.
I am so honored to be joining FMCC and look forward to caring for many women and families to come!