- American Midwifery Certification Board
I practice as a Nurse Midwife and Mid-Level Provider.
I was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada where I still live with my husband and son, commuting daily to Detroit. After graduation from high school, I attended the Radcliff Infirmary in Oxford, England for my nursing education, then Plymouth School of Midwifery. This was a fabulous opportunity to live in another country while completing my education. My first job on returning in 1980 was as a labor and delivery nurse at Grace Hospital in Detroit. In 1981, I completed an education program for foreign educated midwives and became certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. I then opened an in-hospital birthing center and started a midwifery practice.
During this time I completed by BSN and my MSN. In 1991, I joined the Henry Ford Health System, bringing 6 other midwives with me to start a practice with deliveries at Cottage Hospital in Grosse Pointe. I have been the practice director here since that time. From Grosse Pointe, we have spread to many of the HFHS Medical centers to provide outpatient care. Deliveries were moved to Henry Ford Hospital in 1999. In 2009, we opened a second delivery site at the Henry Ford Hospital West Bloomfield.
Through the years I have been very active professionally in both the State and on the national level with the American College of Nurse-Midwives. I have served as the ACNM Chapter Chair for Michigan, as the Chair of the National Quality Management Section, as the Chair of the Division of Standards and Practice, and on the ACNM Board of Directors most recently as Vice President. I have also represented midwifery to the National Quality Forum and as a member of Joint Commission Expert Panel on Perinatal Measures.
As a certified nurse-midwife I work with women through their life span including family planning and STD treatment, pregnancy and delivery care, and routine gynecology care. I believe my role as a midwife is to help a woman achieve the health care experience she wants while maintaining safety. This involves educating women about their bodies and about their health while monitoring for any changes from the norm. I believe pregnancy and birth are normal processes when a woman needs education and support, but it is not an illness.
Awards and Honors
6/03 ACNM Dorthea Lang Pioneer Award
5/98 Fellow, American College of Nurse-Midwives
4/87 Sigma Theta Tau, Theta Psi Chapter