About Us

ELLIE

Ellie at FrontierMy path to midwifery began when I first held my firstborn daughter’s glistening newborn body. I became entranced with anything and everything involved in birth. I am grounded in the natural childbirth movement that arose from the tumult of the 1960’s and 70’s when women began to reclaim birth as their own sacred rite of passage and took bold action to give birth in their homes or birth centers, rather than hospitals. The books I devoured were those written by the leaders of this movement – Ina May Gaskin, Elizabeth Davis, Carol Leonard, Suzanne Arms, Nancy Cohen, David Stewart, Marsden Wagner and Anne Frye. Each of their voices inspired in me a quest for knowledge and experience that would last a lifetime.

Serving mothers, fathers and babies is the highest calling of my heart. I love to inspire in women an awakened trust in their bodies and to see them flower during their pregnancy, birth and new motherhood. In addition to my clinical skills as a midwife, over the years I have amassed a knowledge base that includes nutrition education (including omnivore, vegetarian, and whole food plant based diets), herbalism, prenatal yoga, complimentary healing modalities, breastfeeding support, and a deep understanding of the hormonal physiology of childbirth.

Because I have given birth “naturally” five times, I understand in my cells what it feels like to have a physiological a birth, and for the past 25 years have helped other women give birth in the same way, as a doula, a childbirth educator, and more recently as a midwife. Four of my children were born at home, and my two grandchildren were born at home as well. My husband Steven, who I met when I was 19, has walked this path with me and has been a wonderful and devoted father to our children. And he has caught a baby or two along the way!

I am a joyful person, and aside from my fascination with all thing birth related, I love to read (preferably in a candle-lit bathtub), and spend as much time outside as possible. I am an experienced organic gardener and spend some of my happiest times with my hands deep in the soil growing veggies, flowers and herbs for my family to enjoy.

 

EDUCATION

Frontier Nursing University
-Postmaster’s Certificate in Women’s Health Care, 2014
-Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery, 2011
Western Carolina University
-Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2006

CERTIFICATION & LICENSURE

Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner: National Certification Corporation
Board Certified Nurse-Midwife: American Midwifery Certification Board
Registered Nurse: NC Board of Nursing
Certified Childbirth Educator: BirthWorks
Certified Doula: Doulas of North America