I discovered my passion for midwifery when I was in college in 1971. I met a midwife from California, and she taught me that birth is a normal part of a women’s life and needs to be supported and encouraged. She inspired me to become a midwife and I started my studies in Boulder, CO, with Dr. Julie Carpenter. I loved the idea of being with women throughout the life process and especially during the miracle of birth.
Once I decided to become a nurse midwife, it couldn’t happen fast enough for me. I graduated from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO, in 1979, and began working in Labor and Delivery at St. Mary’s Hospital. I received my certificate in Nurse Midwifery from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, in 1982.
I returned to Grand Junction and with the support of Dr. Stephen Meacham and the physicians at Women’s Health Care of Western Colorado, began my practice. I delivered the first baby in the area “born into the gentle hands of a nurse midwife” in August of 1983. Since then, I have attended more than 5,200 births and every one is still special.
I have also worked hard to learn to communicate with women in Spanish. I love what I do and consider it a privilege to be able to support you in your journey to parenthood. I am so grateful and honored to be a midwife and to be included in this intimate moment in the life of a new family. Guiding a woman and her family through labor and seeing her emerge into motherhood triumphant brings me great peace and happiness.
I was privileged to deliver my sister’s baby 17 years ago. My husband and I are proud and loving parents of our two crazy Standard Poodles, Cosmic Charlie and Scarlet Begonias.