Michelle has always been interested in reproductive health and for a while thought she wanted to work in public health and advocate for midwifery care as a way to decrease health disparities. However, she wasn't sure she wanted to provide care herself. While she was living in Cape Town, South Africa, Michelle met two midwives who treated her like their own student and she witnessed her first midwife-attended births. She fell in love with helping pregnant people through this great transition. As soon as she returned to the U.S., she enrolled in nursing prerequisites to start her midwifery education. Michelle's drive to practice midwifery is born out of a commitment to not only empower individual birthing people but also to change a system that has disproportionately affected the health and safety of Black and Indigenous women.
Michelle’s undergraduate degree in Medical Anthropology also helped lead her to midwifery care and a deep respect for medical models and cultural health practices outside allopathic medicine. Since graduating, she has served on the board of the Washington chapter of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and has been an active member in Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health.
Michelle has worked in reproductive and abortion care and as a full-scope midwife attending births in the hospital setting. As a proud member of the queer community, Michelle also works very hard to support all families and feels passionately about queer family building and creating not only a safe, but affirming and celebratory space to grow our families. Clients working with Michelle would describe her as bubbly, warm, and empathetic. She meets people where they are in their pregnancy journey, always has time for that one last question, and is often emphatically telling people to trust their instincts and their bodies.
University of Connecticut,
Bachelor of Arts in Medical Anthropology
Masters in Nursing
Additional Clinical Interests
Queer Health, Miscarriage Management, Perinatal Mood Disorders, Family Planning