Emme’s passion for birth began with the birth of her first baby in 1991. Birth was transformative and empowering and she loved being a mom. In 2000 when her last baby was weaning Emme started attending births with plans of one day becoming a midwife. Emme became an active doula sitting on the board of the Childbirth Collective and attending hundreds of birth in the home, birth center and hospital setting.
Early in her doula career Emme witnessed her first home birth and knew immediately that she would be a homebirth midwife. Emme started her formal midwifery apprenticeship in 2003 and earned her Certified Professional Midwifery credential in 2008. Emme has had the privilege of working with many community midwives both traditionally and formally trained. Along with learning directly from midwives at over 100 births Emme attended the Farm Midwifery Training Center and was thrilled to learn directly from Ina May Gaskin, Pamela Hunt and the rest of the Farm Midwives.
In 2005 Emme was accepted into an intensive internship at a busy birth center in the Philippines. While living and working at Mercy Maternity Center Emme was able to learn directly from mothers, babies and many foreign midwives. In addition to her apprenticeships and internships, Emme is trained and certified in advanced neonatal life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Emme is a board member of the Minnesota Council of Certified Professional Midwives (MCCPM), Midwives Alliance of North America, The Childbirth Collective. Emme is the owner of Trillium Midwifery Care.
Emme lives in south Minneapolis with her husband Paul and a few pets. Her kids Noah, Levi and Sydney are big now and keep her endlessly entertained with their grown-up antics.