My family immigrated from Assam, India to the US almost forty years ago and instilled in me the ways of life that keep me rooted to community, to natural processes, and to instinct. Both of my parents were born at home, as were their siblings.
I attended my first birth when I was 16 to assist my childhood best friend. I will never forget the strength with which she brought her little girl into this world, nor will I forget the treatment she received at the hospital as a teen mother. Since then, I’ve followed home birth midwifery care with a passion to continue to bring emotional & physical safety, informed choice, dignity, and respect to the sphere of pregnancy and birth.
For a number of years I’ve worked to stop violence against women and to advocate for basic human rights, locally and globally. The safe space I advocate for in intimate relationships is the same space I advocate for between a midwife and a client. My role is to build relationships based on compassion, trust, and integrity and to help you make the decisions that are best for you and your family. I consider it an honor to build these relationships.
I chose the name Access Midwifery because it encompasses so much of what I strive for: to make midwifery care accessible to families of color, LGBTQ families, low income families, and truly any family that seeks out home birth care. In my efforts to treat people and their loved ones with dignity, I recognize I will stumble in my allyship and will continue to rise to the opportunity of making this practice a safe space for consistently marginalized populations. Consent is everything.
I completed my undergraduate bachelor of science degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. My last year of college, I moved to live with a host family in Kisumu, Kenya and to work for a maternal health program for the year. Upon my return to the United States in 2006, I became a doula and started midwifery school at the National College of Midwifery. My apprenticeship lasted four years and included working with five different home birth midwives as well as a six month apprenticeship at the Madison Birth Center. I became a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and Wisconsin Licensed Midwife (LM) in the fall of 2011. I am trained in Neonatal Resuscitation and Adult CPR. I’ve attended over 340 births in my community.
Currently, I am a member of the Wisconsin Guild of Midwives (WGOM) and the Mothers’ Milk Alliance. In an effort to increase equality in this community and in my neighborhood, I sit on the following committees and councils: Eken Park Resistance, Fetal Infant Mortality Review Committee of Dane County and the Latino Health Council. For 11 years, I was a facilitator for the Madison, WI Institutes for the Healing of Racism. In 2016, I became a foster parent for sweet canines through the Dane County Humane Society and Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims. Lucky for me, I’ve been able to foster 40 dogs, including one who had 13 puppies on my kitchen floor! I live on the northeast side of Madison and I am grateful to call this community my home.