Q: What led you to work as a CNM?
Answer: I had originally studied to be an elementary school teacher. During my last semester, I was student teaching, and pregnant with my first child. I experienced a "high risk" pregnancy, and the entire process was terrifying. I felt like my questions weren't being answered, I felt scared and uninformed, and decided I wanted to make a career change, so I could help other women in that position. I went back to school, earning my undergraduate degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Chamberlain College of Nursing. I went on to graduate with Presidential Honors as a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society from Shenandoah University with a Master's of Science in Nursing with a specialty in nurse midwifery. Also, my great-grandmother was a lay-midwife, and I drew inspiration from that.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: I grew up in Mercersburg and worked at Chambersburg Hospital as a Labor and Delivery nurse for eight years before moving to Georgia for a job opportunity. Eventually, I wanted to return home, to be closer to family and friends.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about midwifery?
Answer: I would say people assume that we only deliver babies at home, where I only deliver babies in a hospital. Also, some people think midwives only help with delivery, whereas I do full-scope OB/GYN care, well-women visits, etc.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
Answer: I'm most looking forward to being closer to my friends and family and to help expand the community's knowledge about midwives.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: I enjoy spending time with my family, my husband and my four children, riding horses, gardening, chicken-keeping, cooking, and being outdoors on my farmette.