I remembered midwifery when I read Ina May Gaskin’s Spiritual Midwifery. I completed my degree in Comparative Literature (something fun when you have no idea what to do) and applied to nursing school. I’d never thought about being a nurse but midwifery as I understood it was largely illegal in Virginia (until 2005) so nurse-midwifery seemed prudent. While completing my degree in nursing I fell in love, married and left the country. My first child was born in a freestanding German birth center on what we call an exam table (!?!). I worked as a nurse for 12 years, moving with my military husband. Funny, that could derail a career but jobs found me. Working in so many places I could see how “truth” was regional and how women were strong. When we finally moved back to Virginia (I am a native), it was time. I enrolled in class 13 of the Community-Based Nurse-Midwifery Education Program (CNEP) with the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing School for a certificate in midwifery. I received my Masters in Midwifery from The State University of New York at Stonybrook. I practiced for three years before joining WomanCare Centers. Since joining WomanCare Centers in 2000 I have worked with a team of midwives and doctors who practice with a deep, abiding respect for birth and the unity of the growing family. I am still married to the man who won my heart in 1984. We have three daughters and two grandsons. I love to read, to garden, to watch the sky and thanks to the tireless enthusiasm of my dear husband, I am learning to love to play tennis.