I am a feminist nurse-midwife, educator and mindfulness practitioner and teacher. My work as a midwife is grounded the reproductive justice framework developed by Sistersong, and informed by research on trauma-informed care, interpersonal neurobiology, and Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting.
As a transracial and transnational adoptee born in Korea and raised in Minneapolis, I am uniquely situated within intersecting cultural identities. I use this richly complex “bridge space,” as I call it, to inform my work to advance racial justice and equity in maternal and reproductive health, including my role as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Chair for the Oregon Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
My educational journey has been a multi-disciplinary and non-linear process, for which I am grateful. I completed my clinical training as a registered nurse and nurse-midwife at Oregon Health and Science University. Prior to practicing as a midwife, I was a full-spectrum doula, providing support to people in the contexts of pregnancy, birth, postpartum, abortion, miscarriage, and adoption. My passion for pro-choice, full-spectrum work began with my time as a volunteer and trainer with Backline (now All-Options), a peer pregnancy options counseling Talkline, and as a clinic volunteer with Planned Parenthood.
I also have a graduate degree in Montessori elementary education and completed my AMI Elementary Training at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota in 2007. My undergraduate focus in geography and sustainability studies at Mount Holyoke College first introduced me to the frameworks of environmental and reproductive justice and the use of spatial analysis as a tool of critical inquiry. All of these frameworks and tools continue to shape my work as a clinician and aspiring researcher as I explore novel, community-generated ways to address health disparities in family planning care and perinatal mental health.
In August 2020 I will be joining the clinical team at Quilted Health in Tacoma, Washington, a start-up clinic dedicated to creating innovative models of prenatal care grounded in birth equity and justice.
When I am not in clinic or at a conference, I can be found at home with my family. Like many fellow midwives, I enjoy cooking, reading, hiking, knitting, and yoga. I also maintain my own daily mindfulness practice and sit zazen at Dharma Rain Zen Center, which continues to transform my personal and professional development.