WHAT I BELIEVE
Women have the right to informed health care decisions. They deserve evidence-based care and support as they lead their own path into motherhood. I am a midwife because I believe in the sanctity of self-determination and autonomy in care. Every choice that is made in care is made by the mother - she is the leader in her journey.
My ethical duty as a midwife is to provide the most current, evidence-based data -the risks, benefits, and the alternatives- to every choice. Then it is up to the mother to choose her next best step, and up to me as a provider to support her within my scope of care. In this way, the boundaries and wishes of both the mother and midwife alike are honored.
Why Advanced Midwifery
I integrate intention, education, and intuition into my comprehensive midwifery care model because it is sustainable, supportive, and the safest option for mothers and midwives alike. Giving birth is a rite of passage that a woman or birthing person must do alone, for herself, through herself. But she does not need to be without support while she walks her path. Facing these rites of passage pulls deep on the sense of self, bravery, and capacity in every woman. Bravery is not an inherent skill. It is a learned skill that takes practice and support and guidance to master and employ in one’s life. As a midwife, I take my role of being "with women" very seriously. Walking with women means that I never get behind them and push, nor do I get ahead of them and pull them faster than they want to go. I show them the reverence, autonomy, sovereignty, and respect that they deserve as they craft their best birth journey. I walk with them, I walk to them in their homes, I meet them where they are at. By creating a space for education, social connection, and healing in combination with prenatal and postpartum care, I hope to help mothers feel held and guided through how they craft, value, and create community and sacred space in their lives, both with others and within themselves. Never do they have to feel lonely, isolated, or scared while doing navigating these very normal waters of transition. These women learn the strength that exists in leaning into the newness and meeting it with grit and grace. They learn that their mental and emotional health and a firm sense of belonging are just as important to their health as coming in for a prenatal check-up. They learn the cycle of reciprocity - of giving and receiving of themselves, which in turn helps them to understand how to develop boundaries around their energy exchange in all of their relationships. They learn bravery, and through bravery, they develop a deeper sense of self worth and self love.
Founder, CPM CDM
I am a woman in love with life. My phenomenal, midwife-loving husband Dan and I have two precocious, hilarious children, our son Asher and our daughter Lucy. We live a fun-filled life in East Anchorage, playing in the sun, growing veggies all summer long, living in flow with the seasons, and traveling when we can. We are all born and raised Alaskans, and we adore our beautiful home state.
When faced with the question, "Why midwifery?", all I can think to answer is this: My path to midwifery began as a result of my myriad path of life experience, adventures in holistic health, and an unshakable knowing that our bodies are governed by an innate intelligence that deserves reverence and attention.
I earned my undergraduate degree as a pre-medical and natural sciences student at UAA. I came to a cross roads - I adored science, but Western medicine was not the healing path toward which I was called. I took time, I followed my heart and traveled, spending months in India learning Reiki and energy healing modalities, and completing a teacher training in Kundalini yoga under Gurumukh Kaur Khalsa. I came back stateside and knew that following western medicine was not my next best step. I began to teach yoga in Anchorage, and fell deeply in love with prenatal yoga.
As I began to contemplate starting my own family, I found the practice of midwifery and I felt an absolute sacred YES ping for me. This was the quality of care that I saw in my mind's eye when I daydreamed about what healthcare should look like. I began my clinical and didactic training in professional midwifery in 2015 and I haven't stopped learning since! I earned my state and national certifications in 2018 and launched my intentional, sustainable, perfect-for-me boutique prenatal home birth practice. Additionally, in 2019, I co-founded the Pacific Birth Institute with the primary goal of educating, training, and activating the next generation of community birth professionals, regionally and beyond. Bringing birth back into the community by bringing the community back into birth!
I truly live a blessed life - I educate, care for, and attend fantastic, healthy clients at home; I am so deeply honored to be a part of welcoming their babies Earthside, whether I catch them or they just want prenatal and postpartum love. And when I'm not midwifing moms, I am pouring my love and attention into the Pacific Birth Institute, midwifing the legacy and longevity of midwifery and community birth in Alaska and beyond.
Surrounded by the people I love, supported in the work I love, living on the land I love, I delight in the beauty of life and I am eternally grateful today and every day.
Jessica is such a dedicated midwife, I know because I have seen her in action, we attended births together, and I have seen her compassion in action. She loves her “work” (more like a calling really), she has so much patience with women in labor, but most of all, her love and light shine thru and she has this ability to tune in and “click” with the energy of birth. Any woman will be lucky to have her as a midwife, I sure feel lucky to have her as a friend and sister midwife.-