After completing my nursing degree from Valparaiso University in 2010, I jumped in feet first to get experience as a registered nurse. My passion had always been labor and birth but my first job took me to an oncology unit in St. Louis. I quickly realized that working without passion is quite hard, so I took a leap of faith and moved back to Wisconsin to begin my midwifery degree at Marquette University.
Over the next 3 years I attended school and worked as a registered nurse on a busy labor and delivery unit. I LOVED it! It was such an honor to witness incredibly life-changing events for so many families.
In 2013 I married my husband, Josh, and the following spring I finished my Masters of Science in Nursing as a Certified Nurse Midwife. In January of 2015 Josh and I moved to Fort Wayne and I came on staff at Fertility and Midwifery Care Center. It is a joy and privilege for me to work closely with patients and families, providing them quality care and education during pregnancy and beyond.
In 2016 Josh and I welcomed a son, Theo, into our family. As a midwife, you can imagine I had a great birth plan. However, sometimes the birth process has twists and turns, and doesn’t go exactly as we may anticipate. For this reason, I am exceptionally grateful I had the education and care team that I did. My birth experience has intensified my passion to educate families on their options to have the birth they desire. I am thrilled to be able to help provide this education through Birth Matters.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I received my degree from Indiana University, and I see clients in a private practice setting where I work primarily with couples. I am a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and I'm Northern Indiana's regional representative for the Indiana Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
I am a certified instructor of The Gottman Institute's Bringing Home Baby, a workshop targeted to strengthen the relationships of new parents, and I have also received training in perinatal mood disorders through Postpartum Support International.
In 2007 I completed my degree at Purdue University and tied the knot with my sweetheart, Jamie. I became truly excited about coming alongside families when we began our own in 2008. As I learned, struggled, and triumphed, I grew a deep passion to help others. In 2012 I became a certified birth doula through DONA International and in 2017 I became a Birth Arts International certified doula. Since that time I have been providing continuous support during labor for families in the Fort Wayne area. I am thrilled to join the teaching team at Birth Matters. I look forward to delivering the quality, evidence-based information that area families deserve to receive.
When I am not spending time with other families, I am busy making moments with my own. As a family we love to spend time outside, time with friends, and time watching a good movie or playing games.
I received my Bachelors Degree from New York University in Spanish and my Masters Degree from Columbia University in Spanish Education.
I have always been fascinated by pregnancy and birth, relishing the opportunity to hear women’s stories in their own words. My husband Dave and I were married in 2006, the following year it was our turn to welcome a baby. I learned first-hand just how emotionally complex the experience can be. The birth didn’t go exactly as I had hoped, and fueled my passion for serving birthing families.
In 2005 I graduated from IPFW with a bachelor’s in Human Services. I initially worked as a substance abuse counselor, before moving to a position working with at risk children. In 2011, just weeks before the birth of my third child, I left my job in order to stay home and enjoy motherhood. The birth of my third child was drastically different than my other experiences, and set the stage for my formal training as a doula. In 2013 I completed training through DONA International and began working as a birth doula. I later certified as a birth doula through Birth Arts International and trained as a bereavement doula through Stillbirthday. Currently, I am studying midwifery through National College of Midwifery and apprenticing as a student midwife with Agape Birth Services, LLC.
I look forward to serving families as they plan their next birth. I believe in the body’s ability to birth and the family’s ability to plan and achieve a satisfying birth experience.
After the transformative births of my first two children, I was inspired to pursue a career as a birth attendant. I attended births as a doula and a midwife’s assistant from 2000-2015. I am an educator at heart and I’ve taught everything from newborn care and childbirth education to nutrition and cooking classes. I also work as a Standardized Patient for IU Medical School, helping educate the next generation of physicians. In addition to teaching at Birth Matters, I currently work as a professional actress, both on stage and in local commercials. In my free time, I enjoy making music and performing with my husband and four children.
With a Bachelors Degree in Marketing, I began working in product management for a local business and enjoyed all of the challenges and teamwork that were involved. After finding out I was pregnant, I experienced immense joy. Woven within the joy was the slowly emerging reality that I was going to actually have to give birth. Crazy, right? I was faced with either continuing through pregnancy in fear, or educating myself on both the physiology of birth and my options. I chose education and have never looked back.
My husband and I are blessed with three children that changed our lives forever, as children always do. The joys and challenges of birth and postpartum drew me into restructuring my career to be involved with this transforming time. I now own Fort Wayne Doulas, a postpartum doula service, and enjoy teaching Birth Matters' Childbirth Education and Newborn Care classes serving families from pregnancy through postpartum.
I am trained through ProDoula as a childbirth educator and postpartum doula and look forward to serving you in this journey of a lifetime!