I have always been interested in wellness and the body’s ability to heal itself. I have always felt that it was important for women to support and empower each other. I became a nurse in 2004 because I wanted to really make an impact on people during tough times. I also enjoyed the challenge that critical care provided. As my career progressed, I decided to continue my education and become a Nurse Practitioner. This career decision has placed me in a position where I counsel and educate my patients on health and wellness, as well as treatments and alternative approaches, empowering them to take charge of their health.
I gave birth to my daughter in 2012 via midwife-assisted water birth in Colorado. This was a life-changing experience. It was also heart-wrenching when she did not latch onto the breast and I spent my first 5 weeks as a mother, attempting to get her to latch, “failing”, then pumping, feeding, and repeating. At 5 weeks, she latched and breast fed for the next 18 months, but this experience was very isolating for me as a new mother, and I was grateful for and inspired by the support that I had received from my community. Aside from becoming a mother and experiencing all of the wonders (and stressors) of being a new mother, a new passion ignited in me. I wanted to be able to speak with and relate to new Moms, as I realized, if we share our stories, we may not find ourselves feeling as isolated.
While still living in Colorado in 2013 my son was born, again via midwife-assisted water birth. This was a completely different experience than my first, but I was again, fortunate and overjoyed to deliver a healthy baby boy. At this time, I had a difficult time adjusting to a second child, just 20 months younger than my first. I realized that although I was a “pro”, I had absolutely no experience managing the emotions and needs of two children, and myself during the postpartum period. This period reinforced my need to relate to and speak with other Moms in a similar position to my own.
In 2015, my family and I moved back to NJ to be near our family. I was pregnant with my third child and switched care providers at 26 weeks to the Midwives of NJ. This experience was life-altering for me. They cared for and helped me deliver my second son in the water at 10lbs 8 oz. Lisa and Chrisy supported me, empowered me and waited for my body to be ready to deliver my beautiful baby boy.
Shortly after my last birth, I wrote these wonderful women a thank you letter, attached my resume and told them that I would be honored to be part of their practice in any way possible.
So began my journey as an Adult Nurse Practitioner with the Midwives of NJ. I am excited to be working with women who are choosing a different path in thoughtful births and thoughtful health. My commitment to our clients is to continue to practice in alignment with the philosophy of the Midwives as I provide quality healthcare to our clients. I will listen to you, I will learn from you and I will guide and encourage you to seek the path in health that resonates with you. My practice is a truly integrative approach to Women’s Health.