I grew up on a family farm in Paris, Illinois. I attended Greenville College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Religion. During college, I lived and studied in Egypt, Jordan, Israel, the West Bank (Palestine), Syria and Turkey while participating in a semester abroad program. I became so enthralled with that part of the world that I continued my studies at the American University of Cairo, located in Cairo, Egypt and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Middle East Studies. I spent two years teaching at the Arab American University in Jenin and lived on campus in the West Bank.
Before my own pregnancy, I honestly never gave midwifery much thought. All that changed, when I experienced midwifery care and birth at home. Giving birth was all at once the most difficult, most spiritually profound, and most empowering experience of my life. Knowing how important pregnancy and birth are, I found a new passion in serving women during the childbearing year. I became a doula, a childbirth educator and taught prenatal yoga. After supporting birthing families in these roles for several years, I decided to answer the call to midwifery.
I attended Southwest Wisconsin Technical College and graduated in December of 2017 with a Degree in Direct Entry Midwifery. During my 2 years of clinical training, I attended home births primarily in Indiana, but also trained under midwives in Daytona, FL. In 2018, I became a Certified Professional Midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives.
I reside in my hometown with my husband and two children. I enjoy reading, hiking, and practicing yoga. I love to travel and learn about new places.