What we do is about far more than birth. We have parent groups twice a week (one in each location), a nutritionist who offers classes and consultations to our clients, a masseuse who offers very reasonably priced pregnancy massage at our center (or your home), and we host special events and birth classes for the community on a regular basis.
We also have a lending library, and do our absolute best to be a point of contact for any resource someone might need. Our goal is that everyone in the community knows that they can call Beginnings to find out who to call for whatever it is they need related to their health and well-being and that of their families.
My journey to midwifery started with the birth of my daughter in 2003, although I didn’t truly realize the direction I was heading until I officially got into birth work after my son was born in 2010. At one point I remember my husband asking me when I was going to become a midwife and I told him that I was too old (ha ha!) to start over with a new career and didn’t need yet another degree (I already had two!). Never doubt the power of a calling…
My own personal birthing experiences are an important part of my journey to becoming a midwife, delivering my oldest in the hospital with an OB and by the time I had my youngest I was at home (with the midwives who trained me).
I truly believe that everyone should have the right and ability to birth where they want, with whom they want, in a safe, caring, and compassionate environment.
I have spent more than half of my life educating and supporting women and families in pregnancy and childbirth. My own two home births were straightforward, empowering and celebratory. My main mission has been to let all women know that they too can celebrate in their pregnancies and births; that there really isn’t anything to fear; and they are perfectly capable of having the birth that they imagine. Much of my journey, besides gaining knowledge and skills, has been to develop empathy for other women’s experiences and to support them where they are in whatever way is needed.
My exploration and study of childbirth began over 30 years ago , when I picked up a book entitled Birth by Caterine Millinarie. It lit a fire and passion that has never left me. In the ensuing years I completed three years of study at the Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery in San Diego, CA, four years of apprenticeship in two home birth practices and a busy birth center and most recently completed the MEAC accredited program in midwifery at Maternidad La Luz in El Paso, TX. I also practiced for 15 years as a doula. I have attended over 400 births in varying capacities in home, birth center and hospital settings.
Originally from the east coast, I have called the southwest, specifically northern AZ, home for the past 30+ years. I have two adult children and two grandchildren.
My calling is to support birthing families within their own unique unfolding & transformative journey of birth, while connecting deeply to each other and their own inner power.
I’m a Pacific Northwest native who was lucky enough to complete my doula & child birth education training in 2015 under Seattle’s best [Penny Simkin] before transplanting to Arizona in 2017.
When not attending births as a Northern Arizona doula or an assistant Midwife, I can be found hiking with my favorite people + german shepherd puppy, savasana-ing in hot yoga class, escaping to an herbal + salt bath with a good book in tow, dabbling in herbalism- teas, tinctures + salves (oh my!) & barefoot in the kitchen-cooking up a storm with my family members who all share a common love language: good food.