Of all of the things I love about God, His artistry and creative nature have to be one of my favorites. Here He designed this woman to grow and carry her child, to labor for that which she has guarded in her womb, and to birth and bring forth something He spoke life and purpose to long, long ago. And then, this baby brought earthside is again nourished by the one who carried him. What an amazingly powerful design. I witnessed my first birth at the age of 15, and it is even more exhilarating today than it was the first time! The sight of a mother allowing her body to labor and work according to its perfect design to bring forth life is indescribably humbling. And the harvest….oh what a harvest! There is this moment when a mother takes that first look into the eyes of her sweet baby. Time stops…just for a moment.
I believe that every woman should have easy access to quality midwifery care, regardless of her demographic background. My heartbeat is to eliminate the racial disparity in birth outcomes among African American women and their babies. Making prenatal care easily accessible to every woman is essential in seeing this change come to fruition. Kennasha and I have the pleasure of being able to serve clients in both English and Spanish, and we take pride in being able to minister to women in their native language.
My formal midwifery training began in 2012, but my work in birth started in 2003. The first 10 of those years were spent serving as labor support for families during birth and the immediate postpartum. For approximately 3 ½ years of that time, I also served as a patient care technician in labor and delivery, postpartum, and newborn nursery. I have completed a rigorous midwifery clinical apprenticeship and had the privilege of being trained under the wisdom and instruction of some of the most amazing midwives this side of Texas. I maintain a good relationship with my preceptors, and they continue to be a source of wisdom, counsel, and encouragement as I continue to walk in my calling as a licensed midwife. I have attended over 300 births. In 2015, I received my national Certified Professional Midwife credential from the North American Registry of Midwives after passing my certifying exam and was also decreed a Licensed Midwife by the state of Texas. I am a member of the North Texas Midwives Association. I maintain current certification in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation as a healthcare provider.
I have the distinct honor of being called “Mom” by 4 mighty little men and one courageous little princess. It is out of the outpouring of my first ministry of motherhood, that I am called to the sisterhood of midwifery and birth.