(Gracewife is a 16th century olde-English word for midwife)
I believe pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding are natural, normal functions of a woman's mind, body and spirit. I believe a woman's body has been wonderfully designed. I trust birth and marvel at the miracle of it all. When allowed to follow its natural course, pregnancy usually results in the birth of a healthy baby and mother.
I work in partnership with my clients, establishing trusting relationships during the months of prenatal care. I fully support my clients in creating their own birthing experience.
I believe that families are strengthened when birth is integrated into life as a normal event.
Shiphrah and Puah, the midwives in Exodus 1 in the Bible, serve as examples for me. Their faith in God strengthened them to have courage and do a good work, and God blessed them. I aim to bear these fruit in my profession: Love (for the women and families I serve), Peace (in all circumstances), Joy (in celebrating new life), Patience and Self-Control (during trying times, long labors, and times of fatigue), Kindness, Goodness and Gentleness (always), and Faithfulness (for strength and blessing).
(That is a doll...see new baby sister in background!!)