I have been working with mothers and babies for more than a decade in many different capacities, which ultimately led to my working here at the Charleston Birth Place as a Certified Nurse Midwife/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
My career began as a surgical scrub tech in the Birthing Center at UHS Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, NY. I worked there while finishing high school and throughout my undergraduate studies at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. I received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Juniata in 2010 with the original intention of going to medical school to become an OB/GYN. I loved my work and felt that that was the right decision for me at the time. That all changed when I was exposed to the work of one of the CNMs and paid attention to the difference in the care she provided, her respect for the woman and her family, and her overall trust in the natural process of birth. I was in complete awe of her, her skills, and her basic presence in the room. My mind was quickly made up that going to medical school was the wrong choice for me and that going to midwifery school was absolutely the right choice for me.
After finishing my education at Juniata, I moved to Cleveland, OH where I attended the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. I received a Master of Nursing in 2012 and a Masters of Science in Nursing in 2014 with a focus on midwifery and women’s health. I worked as a Labor & Delivery nurse at Hillcrest Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital, in Mayfield Heights, OH from 7/2012 to 10/2014, where I was blessed to work with a fantastic team of providers that taught me a lot about birth and how to handle emergent situations.
It wasn’t until the last semester of midwifery school that I realized my passion for out-of-hospital births. I had the opportunity to spend my integration semester here at the Charleston Birth Place as a Student Nurse Midwife. I can’t even begin to summarize my amazing experience here and how my trust in birth was rejuvenated. What I can say is that after working in a hospital setting for all of my career up to that point, I knew I didn’t want to ever leave a place where women were supported, the care provided was evidenced based, and the natural process of birth without many interventions was the norm. I was heartbroken when my integration was over.
Thankfully, in the fall of 2014, I was asked to be CBPs newest midwife. To say I was thrilled was an understatement! I am truly honored and thankful every day for this amazing opportunity to be a part of CBPs community. I look forward to meeting you, supporting you and your family, and helping you achieve the birth you desire!