I founded North Star Midwifery in 2005 after finishing school in 2004 at the Seattle Midwifery School (now the department of Midwifery within Bastyr University). I am a Certified Professional Midwife and a Licensed Midwife in MN and WI. Having been in practice for over 10 years, I can say that I have seen a lot. However, it is amazing how unique every each birth is, and I learn something from every family I work with! The first time I heard the word “midwife,” I knew it was my calling. To me, being a midwife means holding the space and fiercely guarding the safety and experience of the birthing family. In my practice, the people giving birth are at the center of their care. Families feel empowered to make the choices that are right for them for their prenatal care, their births, and beyond. I have been serving families for long enough to help some welcome their new babies multiple times! This has allowed those relationships to deepen over time; I often feel like a part of the family! I have two children who were both born at home in the water (in 2007 and 2010), and giving birth myself, after I was already a midwife, deepened my understanding of the process and the transformational power of birth. As a midwife, I am actively involved in supporting the art of midwifery. Since 2007, I have actively served on the Advisory Council on Licensed Traditional Midwifery to the Board of Medical Practice. I am also a former board member of our state professional organization, the Minnesota Council of Certified Professional Midwives (MCCPM). Recently I have been honored to be named one of Blooma’s Care Providers of Distinction both in 2014 and 2015. I also was a nominee for the Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo Best of the Twin Cities Awards in 2015. It is a privilege to serve this community and it is an honor to be recognized for doing the work I love!