26674 Meadow Ridge Drive Elko New Market, MN 55020
I grew up in Prior Lake, Minnesota. I graduated from Prior Lake Senior High School in 1983. In 1985 I attended Hennepin Vocational College in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, for Office Occupations. After completing my program, I worked as an Administrative Assistant in Downtown Minneapolis. In 2009, I earned an Associate of Liberal Arts Degree from Normandale Community College, in Bloomington, Minnesota. I then transferred to the University of Minnesota, to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Family Social Science, with minors in Maternal Child Health, Public Health, and Sociology. During my academic career at the University of Minnesota, I was honored to receive an award for Volunteerism from the Community Engagement Scholars program. I have specialized training and experience working as a battered woman’s telephone crisis line advocate, a Doula and Childbirth Educator for homeless, as well as for at-risk expecting mothers with a Non-Profit Agency. I have also worked as a volunteer Doula for the Philomena House, which works with expecting homeless mothers who are sponsored by Catholic Charities. I have great respect for the families who serve in our military, and have worked as a volunteer Doula for Operation Special Delivery. My work with these many new parents has been enriching and rewarding, and I hope to continue my volunteer work throughout my career as a Childbirth Professional. In my spare time, I enjoy mentoring and training new doulas, placenta encapsulation providers childbirth professionals, and student midwives.
I am currently a full-time Student Midwife, and I attend National College of Midwifery. Since 2007, I have worked and trained with several home birth midwives, each one enriching my birth knowledge, and my experience and education in both in-hospital and out of hospital birth. In addition, to several certifications as a Childbirth Educator, I am also Certified Massage Therapist and additionally, have experience with herbs, aromatherapy, and Reiki. One of my passions is providing service in Placental Encapsulation. I believe placenta encapsulation is a wonderful tool for a healthy and positive postpartum recovery.
I pride myself in working with clients from cradle to grave. As a result, I am a State Registered Nursing Assistant, and have worked with some wonderful aging and elderly residents in an Assisted Living Facility in Burnsville, Minnesota.
As a student Midwife, Doula and Doula trainer, as well as a childbirth educator, I believe that birth is a key life event that should be powerful, informed, and gentle. It is my hope that Treasured Birth will offer clients consistent presence, endless patience, a family-friendly approach to pregnancy, labor, childbirth and the postpartum “baby-moon” time. Every woman should have access to the most up-to-date evidence-based and scientific information during her childbearing years, as well as informed consent, and choices in childbirth. Every birth should be a “Treasured Birth.”