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The model of care at Small Things Grow is based upon several principles:

Partnership

I delight in creating a spirit of cooperation, knowledge sharing, and collaboration.   My goal is to communicate to you the things you need to do know to be an active participant in your own health care, to allow you to be heard as the ultimate authority in your own physical and spiritual well being, and to safely facilitate your sense of agency and power in the sacred experiences of pregnancy, birth, and parenthood.   

 

Intentionality

I believe that pregnancy and birth are fundamentally normal, yet also a vulnerable time of great growth.  Because of this, I believe that every word, decision, and touch matters and I am thoughtful in my language and actions.  I pride myself in developing a respectful, trusting partnership with my clients that both brings comfort to them during a time of change and facilitates their emerging from their experience healthy and empowered.  I strive toward holding a space during prenatal visits and births that is relaxed and high-touch in a rushed, high-tech world.

 

Evidence

I integrate the best of current research and practices with holistic midwifery wisdom.  I have a deep trust in labor and birth, but I also bring the clinical knowledge and experience that is so important for a healthy pregnancy and a safe homebirth.  

 

Inclusivity and Justice

I honor the diversity of human experience.  My ultimate goal is to provide personalized and compassionate care where all individuals feel safe and respected regardless of racial or sexual identity, class, background, family structure, circumstance, or belief system.  

I am firmly committed to making homebirth accessible to all who want it and are good candidates.  I believe respectful midwifery care to be a part of the solution to the United States' health care disparities, a problem rooted in the systemic racism and sexism that have existed in our country since its founding.  I believe I have a responsibility as a health care provider and human being to continually challenge these systems.  I am passionate about working toward the health equity and reproductive self-determination of all individuals. 

It is my sincere conviction that empowering well-person care and pregnancy, labor, and birth experiences have the potential to transform not just the person cared for, nor simply the baby they birth, but their partner, families, and larger communities.

Let's work together towards making birth and life safer, kinder, and more empowering for everyone here.

 

These places of possibility within ourselves are dark because they are ancient and hidden; they have survived and grown strong through that darkness. Within these deep places, each one of us holds an incredible reserve of creativity and power, of unexamined and unrecorded emotion and feeling. The woman’s place of power within each of us is neither white nor surface; it is dark, it is ancient, and it is deep.
— Audre Lorde