I am a Certified Direct-Entry Midwife (CDM), licensed by the State of Alaska Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives, and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), registered with the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM).
My education involved the completion of all curriculum work at Via Vita Midwifery Foundation, a state-approved midwifery education program, passing an 8-hour national midwifery exam, completing all requirements for the State of Alaska’s occupational licensing board, and acquiring all the necessary practical skills while under supervision. I am apprentice-trained, having been blessed to participate in three different apprenticeships with more senior, supervising midwives-an experience which amounted to a total of 5 years of training, beginning in 1998. During my training I was able to work with a wide range of midwives in both Oregon and Alaska, from whom I learned a variety of skills, such as all aspects of maternal and infant care as relates to the childbearing year, normal physiologic birth, and common variations within the broad range of “normal.” Also, in addition to all things-midwifery, I have been lucky enough to learn and practice many complementary healing modalities, such as nutrition counseling, massage, herbal medicine, and homeopathy, which I enjoy integrating into my practice. Prior to becoming a licensed midwife I worked as a DONA Certified Doula for 4 years.
I define a wholistic (or holistic) approach as one which appreciates that there is room for every kind of tool, but uses the most gentle interventions first. I firmly believe prevention is the best medicine, and that nourishment is a primary means of prevention. I view the human body as an organism that is constantly seeking to self-right. With your permission, I employ the use of plant medicine and homeopathy to gently assist with that process whenever possible, before applying the use of drugs or more invasive procedures. That being said, I am grateful for the advent of modern medicine, and do not hesitate to enlist help from this arena when appropriate, when it can serve to preserve the health and safety of a mother or baby where other methods cannot.
I carry current certification in Neonatal Resuscitation, Adult and Child CPR/ Basic Life Support Skills, and IV Therapy, and participate regularly in continuing education. Before becoming a midwife, I worked as an herbalist, providing herbal consultations and remedies to people from all walks of life, at many different stages and phases of their life-cycle, with an emphasis on women’s health. I weave all of these skills together in my midwifery practice, in order to offer a variety of natural options for your care.
I am the mother of two beautiful, mostly grown-up sons. My own birth experiences-the first in the hospital, and the second one at home, were each fantastic, life-altering experiences, which called me to the path of midwifery, and inspired me to work to bring more options to the table for childbearing women. Childbirth is a momentous occasion in a woman’s life-one she will never forget. I am in awe of the endlessly creative and individual ways each woman finds to birth her baby. I find childbirth also to be a great “leveler;” an event that brings each of us to our very core, leaving us with lessons and memories that last a lifetime. I am honored to witness the transformation of women into mothers, babies into being, and couples into families.
It is my belief that family health rests on the foundation of empowered parents, and I do all that I can to provide my clients with the information, support, space, and time they need to make the decisions that are best for their own unique circumstances.
“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” -Laura Stavoe Harm