I believe that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" by the Creator, and that pregnancy is a natural, normal state.
Childbirth is not a medical event, but a normal process, that should be supported by the family and the midwife, with the least amount of intervention possible.
I am greatful for my experience in both hospital and home birthing, as it has given me a balanced training and experience. As I walk with you through your pregnancy & delivery, I will safeguard the normal process, but also be able to recognize when things have deviated from normal, and provide guidance, counsel and referral as needed.
"You were an amazing midwife; guiding me, holding me, re-assuring me and helping me progress. I felt loved and protected."
I have been a midwife for over 30 years!
My story began at the birth of my first child. I was living in Israel, and planned to have a homebirth. After 3 days of labor, I had to go to the hospital for augmentation and eventually delivered by forceps. This experience led me to want to become a Midwife myself; to learn more about the process of birthing, and to provide more options for pregnant women.
This lead us back to Oregon, where I gained Midwife experience through apprenticing with a homebirth midwife, and working as a labor & delivery nurse. I delivered my first baby in 1985 and continued with my own homebirth practice for 12 years, both in Oregon and in Israel. During that time, I also had 5 other children - all born at home with a Midwife (3 of which were waterbirths)!
In 1997, I had an opportunity to return to school to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. I was excited to expand my scope of practice to include Gyn and Family Planning. Since then I have delivered babies in numerous settings, including hospital and out of hospital practices.
In 2015 (and with my children now grown), I fulfilled a dream of mine to open a Homebirth practice in SD. Due to financial concerns, I had to close the practice in 2017,
BUT I AM HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT AS OF SEPT 2020, I AM BACK IN THE RAPID CITY AREA, ATTENDING HOMEBIRTHS. I hope to hear from you soon??
"You made one of the most important experiences of our lives, a very remarkable, God centered, natural celebration, that we will remember all our lives!"
Certificate of Midwifery
Birthsong School of Midwifery - 1985
Certified Nurse Midwife
University of California San Francisco
School of Nurse Midwifery - 1999
American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)
Neonatal Resuscitation Provider Program (NRP)
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)