Hearts and Hands Women’s Care
69 Main Street
Peterborough, NH 03458
18 Constitution Dr Unit 4
Bedford, NH 03110
Pregnancy Related Calls: 603-801-9485
Well Women's Care/Annual Exams: 978-309-9485
I am a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licensed in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, accepting clients for well-woman and pregnancy care.
I’ve wanted to be a midwife for as long as I can remember. It’s not a stretch to say my journey into midwifery began with my own birth. I was born by home birth in the Netherlands, where the majority of births are still with midwives and many take place at home. As a child, I thought all babies were born at home. Only later did I learn from friends and classmates how unique my home birth was.
My roots in New Hampshire run deep. I attended Pine Hill Waldorf School and graduated from ConVal High School before attending the University of New Hampshire, where I earned a batchelor of science in Nursing. I live locally in the Monadnock Region, where most of my family still resides.
After getting my nursing degree, I worked as a labor and delivery nurse for five years. I worked in a variety of settings, including Darthmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (in Lebanon, NH), Monadnock Community Hospital (in Peterborough, NH), UCLA and Kaiser Permanente hospitals (in Los Angeles, CA), Providence Medical Center (in Everett, WA), and as a homebirth assistant with Cindy Dunleavy, CPM (Southern NH). During this time, I attended hundreds of births and learned through experience many of the technical, labor support, breastfeeding, and postpartum skills needed for full scope midwifery care. I also built relationships with many local physicians and nurses, and gained a solid understanding of the values and procedures of the hospital setting. These experiences have strengthened my commitment to evidence-based medicine and help me anticipate and prepare for the unexpected.
I returned to school and earned a Masters of Nursing in 2010 from the University of Washington, where I spent most of my clinical time in out of hospital settings, including two birth center practices and a solo midwifery practice. I began my own full scope solo midwifery practice shortly after the arrival of my own daughter, delivered in the care of a midwife at home in Peterborough.