I graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2012 with a bachelor’s in cultural studies. It was there where I developed a passion for family centered, culturally relevant health care.
I began my midwifery education in 2012 at MEAC (Midwifery Education Accreditation Council) accredited Birthwise Midwifery School. I spent two years in Maine attending classes on campus, and in 2014 began my apprenticeship. I have trained with midwives in Kentucky, as well as at clinics in Pennsylvania, and New York. I graduated in 2018 and received my certification as a Certified Professional Midwife.
About Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs)
CPMs are the only type of midwife specifically trained to attend out of hospital births. CPMs have been nationally credentialed since 1994 and are licensed in 34 states. Kentucky passed a bill this year to license CPMs. This will make it easier for midwives to collaborate with other care providers, and will facilitate easier transfers of care when required.
CPMs typically train three to five years and are required to attend at least 55 births. CPMs provide prenatal, labor, postpartum, newborn (up to six weeks), and well woman care for healthy women with low risk pregnancies. For more information about the training of CPMs visit https://kentuckyhomebirthcoalition.com/resources/cpm-education-info/