I have been involved in midwifery since 2003, and working in birth since 1997. In my practice I have attended over 175 births, both here in the US and abroad during my privileged time to attend women in rural Senegal, Africa.
The formal education for licensed midwives such as myself is a three-year didactic and clinical training program in a school approved by the Medical Board of California. I have attended the National College of Midwifery, in Taos, New Mexico, and then applied to take the National Association of Registered Midwives (NARM) exam, which in California is applicable for state and national licensure. I currently hold both a Licensed Midwife (LM) license for California and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) license from NARM. In addition, I am formally trained in neonatal and adult resuscitation, fetal monitoring and obstetrical emergencies. I review these and other skills biennially as a part of continuing education requirements. I also hold a certification for Specialized Waterbirth Training from Waterbirth International.