What professional experience did you have prior to working at the Minnesota Birth Center?
My nursing career began as a labor and delivery nurse at a women’s hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Then I had the opportunity to work with a doctor in northern Morocco providing care to women through rural health clinics. When I returned to America, I worked in a women’s health/family planning clinic at a health department in Denver, Colorado. While I was doing graduate work in nurse-midwifery, I worked in a family practice clinic to learn more about health care for the whole family.
What brought you to the Minnesota Birth Center?
My connection with the birth center started when I met Steve, our medical director, when I was doing my midwifery clinicals while living in Arkansas. We discovered our shared philosophy of midwife-led birth center care, empowering women and their families to share responsibility for their health care choices, supporting natural labor and childbirth and providing greater access to out of hospital birth for healthy pregnant women. I moved to Minneapolis from Fayetteville, Arkansas to work as one of the CNMs at Minneapolis’ first free-standing birth center!
What inspires you professionally?
At every step of the journey to parenthood, I’m inspired by women and their families. The emotional and spiritual aspects of pregnancy, labor and birth, and the postpartum period are as equally important as to what is going on physically. As a midwife, I’m continually amazed at the strength women have, the support their husbands/partners/families give, and the beauty that comes from welcoming a new little human into the world in a peaceful, supportive, and positive environment.
What is the main piece of advice you like to share with pregnant Mommas?
Rest A LOT and accept as much help as you can in the first few weeks after giving birth. It really is amazing what a nap, a warm bath, and a cup of tea while nuzzling with your newborn can do for your spirit and body!
What are your interests outside of work?
I love reading (currently From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman), eating good food at ethnically diverse restaurants in the Twin Cities, being outdoors doing anything active with my husband Joe, traveling to new places/cities/countries, and spending as much time as I can with my family.
Do you have a family? Tell us about them.
This past summer, I got married to the kindest, funniest, most wonderful and supportive man, Joe!
What is your favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities?
Gandhi Mahal has the BEST Indian food in town. I could eat their food every day.
What is the CRAZIEST thing you have ever done?
Scuba diving in the Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan!