New business, new website

November 24, 2014

Hello!  Please visit me and Susan Mickley at


We are staring a new partnership and opening a small birth center in the heart of St. Louis.  You can find us on facebook at


I plan to leave the content of this website up for a few months, but please check out the new site for up-to-date information and announcements.



Birth announcements on facebook

June 9, 2011

Its so much simpler to post announcements on facebook, so thats what I’m doing now! Check my facebook page for recent updates. Thanks!

What homebirth is all about….

February 25, 2011

This is a wonderful (non-graphic) video montage put together by a midwifery assistant. It does a better job explaining why people choose midwives and homebirth than I ever could. Enjoy with the whole family!

Birth positions

February 22, 2011

This is a great little article about different birth positions using actual pictures of the positions instead of illustrations.

Waterbaby dodges ice-storm!

February 1, 2011

Little Ian was born today. 8 pounds, 10oz just a day shy of his “due-date”.

He arrived gently in the water with a little hand up by his ear :) We were all excited that he decided to come before the big storm. A sweet family and strong, graceful mama made this such a sweet birth.

Congratulations M family! Congratulations mama on your HBAC!

Baby boy

January 27, 2011

Welcome to the world, not-so-little one! Baby K was born peacefully at home this morning at 7:49. After a couple hours of nursing and much speculation, we discovered he weighed a long and healthy 10 pounds 14 ounces. Congratulations to the wonderful M family :)

I’m trying to remember to post birth announcements and today I even remembered to take a photo! Posted, of course, with permission.

Baby Girl

December 18, 2010

We welcomed a baby girl yesterday.  She was born at 41 weeks and 2 days.  I love 41 week babies!  They are almost always so alert and calm, often seeming two or three weeks old already.  This little one took to nursing right away and spent the next three hours or so looking around, staring into mama and papa’s eyes and finding her fists.  Its hard to hear when you are past the due date, but “late” babies can be such a good fortune for first time moms  – it is much easier to nurse a baby who is wakeful and organized in her body.

She weighed 8 pounds on the nose.  Her mama labored easily throughout the morning.  Her active labor was shortish and she gracefully pushed her little one out just as the sun was starting to go down.  A sweet and simple waterbirth.

Inspiring HBAC story

December 13, 2010

I ran across this post in the Unnecessarian and had to share with you all.  An HBAC (Home birth After Cesarian) of a 12 pound 4oz baby boy!

Woman are amazing and birth works…

Welcoming one little one

December 3, 2010

….waiting for two more.  I’m very excited to meet both babies “due” in about a week.

I am also excited to look at my calendar and see almost 6 weeks with no due dates.  I am thrilled (and a little nervous!) to have all this time to catch up on paperwork, handouts and to just think about all the recent births.  It has been a very busy fall, and I am looking forward to falling into a more laid back schedule for the winter.  This would be a great time to stop by for a casual visit – come check out our office space and Community Center!  Just give us a call – 314-677-9998.

Have a great Holiday Season everyone!

Two new little ones this week!

November 17, 2010

In the last 7 days we have welcomed two beautiful new babies.  Both little ones were in funny positions and caused their mamas much consternation.  I hope to get permission to add a picture to this post, so stay tuned.

Baby#1 arrived a week ago, the second baby for this strong mama.  Her first birth was pretty straightforward, so we were surprised to see a longer, more challenging birth for her.  But he did come!  Once he decided to straighten out his head, he arrived in short order, a full pound bigger than his big sister!

Baby#2 arrived earth-side yesterday.  This first time mom worked so hard!  She was incredible – hard, active labor at home for more than 25 hours and almost as much time again at the hospital.  All her hard work paid off, and she gave birth to her little girl vaginally after more than 4 hours of pushing.

Women are so strong!

Welcome to the world little ones!