After graduating from OSF Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2006, I started my nursing career at OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center on their Comprehensive Care Unit. I worked there for two years before continuing my nursing career at The Center for Outpatient Medicine. In 2009, I became pregnant with my first child and experienced the heartbreak and disappointment of an anticipated vaginal delivery turned cesarean section. Desiring to increase my own knowledge and offer other laboring women the support I had so desperately needed, I worked towards and completed certification as a birth doula through Childbirth International around the same time my second child was born by VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) in 2012. The following years of working as a birth doula, along with the care I received by Certified Nurse-Midwives during my third and forth pregnancies and home births, only confirmed the need women have for childbirth education and labor support, as well as my own calling to become a midwife. In 2014, I enrolled in Frontier Nursing University’s midwifery program and graduated 2016 with my Masters of Science in Nursing. As a midwife, my greatest desire is to provide women and their families the individualized care and knowledge necessary to facilitate ownership of health and informed, shared decision-making.
Born and raised in Roanoke, Illinois, I and my husband, Mark, now reside in Hudson with our four kiddos; Braden, Selah, Willow, and Faith. When I’m not at the Birth Center, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, baking, thrift-shopping, and browsing Pinterest for craft projects I’ll never have the time to complete.