Hi! I am excited that you are interested in midwifery care and a natural birth, and especially that you are looking into Katy Birth Center. My journey into midwifery began fairly early, I am the oldest of 5 children and I credit my mother for laying a foundation of interest in taking care of ourselves nutritionally and naturally. She was proactive in the breastfeeding and natural birth movements of the 60’s & 70’s. I was 16 when I saw my first out of hospital birth and received Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin for my birthday that year. The following summer, I started nursing school at 17 with the goal of becoming a certified nurse-midwife. There were not any direct entry schools at that time. The journey to becoming a midwife was longer and more circuitous than I had imagined, but the Lord is wise and I believe He took me the route that has best prepared me for caring for the women I serve.
I graduated from nursing school and had my first baby 5 days later, then 2 more babies in 2 years. I looked for an internship in L&D at the time but ended up working CCU and then subsequently ICU/ ER for several years. I was one of the first nurses to qualify for critical care certifications in 1984. This gave me a foundation in physiology and emergency care that has been invaluable. I ended up working all areas related to moms and babies, even a level 3 NICU. I was fortunate that most of the 80’s care was focused on helping moms have more natural births; we rarely induced and VBAC, Breech and twin vaginal deliveries were not uncommon.
I have had the opportunity to work in city hospitals, rural hospitals, birth centers and home births. In the mid-90’s we saw the pendulum swing back toward a more interventive and medicalized model of birth care, the epidural becoming popular. By the early 2000’s my children were mostly grown and the Lord and my husband nudged me to finish my education and move on to answering my call. It was fun to see how excited my children were that I would finally get to do what I had set out to do so long ago.
I received my midwifery license after completing the Association of Texas Midwives Distance Training Program (ATMTP), apprenticing with Cathy Rude LM, CPM and several other local midwives. I am active in our local midwifery community and continue to help train midwives through teaching for the ATMTP and being a preceptor.
Cathy and I continued to assist one another after I was licensed , Connie assisted us until she became a licensed CNM. In December of 2010 we officially opened the Katy Birth Center together. It has been a blessing to walk with these ladies and the families we serve. As God continues to add to our staff, we find that He is uniquely blending the gifts and talents He brings in through each one. I believe that any knowledge that we possess is only available to us because the Lord has allowed us to discover it. Therefore each discipline has its place and purpose, all of which we draw on as we walk with families through their pregnancies, labors and beyond.
- Associate Degree in Nursing, San Jacinto College Pasadena, Texas, July, 1980 – RN National Certification Corporation; self- study for CCRN, national exam for certification in critical care nursing.1984-1987
- ACLS certification; advanced cardiac life support certification-1985, current again in 2007
- ALSO; course; advanced life support in obstetrics. B.C., Canada – 1999
- National Certification Corporation: self- study for RNC, national exam for certification in Inpatient Obstetrics, 2002- 2012
- Certification in Limited Third Trimester OB Ultrasound 4/2003M
- The Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Education Program 8/2003–4/2005.
- North American Registry of Midwives national exam 08/2005. Birth Emergency Skills Course 2008, 2017
- Licensed Midwife, Texas, original 9/17/2005 renewed every 2 years
- Certified Professional Midwife original 10/2005 renewed every 3 years
- Registered Nurse, original July 1980 renewed every 2 years
- Neonatal Resuscitation – renewed every 2 years
- Adult CPR- renewed every 2 years
- Association of Texas Midwives
- Midwives Alliance of North America
- Greater Houston Midwives’ Alliance- past Secretary and past President
- Association of Women’s’ Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
- Education Committee Member of the Association of Texas Midwives
- Instructor for Normal Labor and Delivery for the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program since 2007
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