Emmy’s calling into Midwifery began at a very young age. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska where her mother was a very busy homebirth Midwife. Wanting to grow up to be a Midwife too, Emmy was her mother’s shadow. She tagged along to appointments, births, and childbirth education classes and even dressed up as a Midwife for Halloween one year!
Once in high school, after spending time in Argentina as a foreign exchange student, she had forgotten about her aspirations to become a Midwife and set out to become a human rights activist. In 2006, she moved to Albuquerque to study Latin American Cultures and Human Rights at the University of New Mexico (UNM). During her time at UNM, Emmy’s passion blossomed as she learned how to better serve communities. She became aware of the human rights issues surrounding maternal health care and access to Midwifery care.
Emmy chose to cease her studies at UNM and move to Mexico to work with a Catholic Workers Community to serve people hands-on and to find her true calling. While working in Mexico, she met many women whose lives had been greatly affected by the medicalization of birth. She also witnessed traditional Midwives in the community being given the cold shoulder. After meeting Midwives from all over Latin America and seeing the importance of community Midwives, Emmy discovered that her true calling was to follow her mother’s footsteps.
After moving back to the states, Emmy began her studies at Maternidad La Luz Midwifery School in El Paso, Texas. She graduated with her credential as a Certified Professional Midwife in 2012. Emmy spent a year traveling and attending births until she was led to an opportunity to join the team of Midwives and community at New Beginnings Birth Center. She has participated in over 80 births, including more than 30 as primary Midwife. In 2013 Emmy earned her credentials as a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) and LM (Licensed Midwife) in Idaho.
Emmy is passionate about providing culturally competent, evidence based care and is honored to be a guardian of birth for the families at New Beginnings. When Emmy is not catching babies, she enjoys reading, making art, learning new languages, salsa dancing, and sleeping!