Functional Medicine meets Midwifery:
Midwifery literally means with woman. It means having a health care collaborator who honors your unique needs and constitution. Instead of one size-fits all solutions, midwives strive to meet you where you are, and to be with you on your journey. Traditionally midwives have been guardians of the sacred process of birth, but today midwives are also safe-keepers of your health and life journey.
Functional medicine is a whole body approach to western medicine that focuses on optimal functioning of the body, viewing the human body as an intricate and inter-connected organism, instead of a list of organs that do not relate to each other. Functional medicine aims to achieve vibrant well-being, not just put out fires.
I work with women of all ages, teens through menopause, as well as some men (including trans-men). I am also trained in newborn wellness through 6 weeks of age.
Over the past 14 years I have spent time working in various capacities in 3 hospitals, 3 birth centers, 2 home birth practices, 1 sexual health clinic, and gave birth to two boys at home with midwives. I earned both my Master of Nursing and Healthcare Practice and BA in International Studies from The University of Iowa. In 2011, I became credentialed as a Certified Professional Midwife through NARM after working at a birth center in Jacmel, Haiti. And finally I earned a Master of Midwifery from Philadelphia University, and became credentialed as a Certified Nurse Midwife in 2016. I am licensed as an APRN aka a nurse-practitioner in Texas. I am also a prenatal yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance and was nominated a top 10 yoga instructor through Lessons. At the time of writing I am the only “Mold Literate practitioner” certified by Dr. Crista, an expert in the field of treating mold illness in Texas. And I am level one certified in John Barnes’ style of Myofascial Release.
I feel there is a loss of human connection and quality in so many aspects of society today. Women’s health is a vulnerable realm, and begs to be addressed with dignity and individualization. I believe in both evidence-based care, as well as making women’s health a positive and comfortable experience. My desire at Functional Midwifery is to offer the care I feel women deserve, and the care that I would want to receive.
I grew up like many Americans: with processed foods and shame-based parenting. As such, I struggled for several years with a slew of autoimmune conditions, but have since healed myself of a thyroid condition, an eating disorder, systemic yeast…which I later discovered was actually mold toxicity, IBS, life-crushing insomnia, and hormonal imbalance. Let’s see what we can do for you!
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