In thirty years of birth-work, I’ve learned to TRUST that with excellent nutrition, fresh air, exercise, low stress and avoidance of harmful substances, you and your baby will grow in harmony through pregnancy, leading to very healthy outcomes and rare need for medical interventions. I BELIEVE IN YOU and your ability to create a safe, home oriented plan for the birth your baby. I PROMISE to inform you of the benefits, risks and options involved with your care and to PERSONALIZE your midwifery experience to the best of my understanding of your needs and wishes.
I was born and adopted in 1966 by Donald and Nancy Vandenput and grew up in the shadow of Lambeau Field. We spent summers and weekends around northeastern Wisconsin at the homes, farms and cabins of our extended family in Mountain, Lakewood, Townsend, Oconto, Suring and Gillett.
My first job, age six, was planting 2000 blue-spruce saplings on my Grandpa’s Christmas tree farm, adjacent to the Nicolet National Forest. My grandma managed a coat manufacturing plant, “North Trail Sportswear” at 129 South Washington Street, Green Bay where I accompanied my mom during school vacations. Mom let me help her in the shipping department, packing crates of coats and snowmobile suits for distribution.
I graduated from Ashwaubenon High School in 1984, completed an associate degree at NWTC in 1985 and completed my Bachelor degree at UWGB in 1993, simultaneously pursuing midwifery education outside of college because formal programs for home birth midwives were not yet being offered through colleges.
I’m a mom of three adult children, Sage, Jade and Raven and “gramma” of two, all of whom were born at home, with the help of caring, competent midwives. I’ve been involved in midwifery and home birth since 1988 when I began studying in preparation for the birth of my eldest child.
In my free time I love being with family, traveling, reading, writing and doing renovations on my 1890’s-built home. I play banjo, ukulele, bass and piano and like to hike or bike the trails with my Newfoundland, “Daisy”.
In 2019 I discovered a love of open water swimming and am working toward the goals of taking open-water swim vacations in which participants swim three to ten kilometers per day in the most beautiful bodies of water. I’ve worked up to two kilometers and at the end of summer 2020 I hope to be able to take my first group excursion.
- 1993 University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Bachelor of Arts, Humanities Major, Women’s Studies and Native American Studies Double Minor.
- 1990-2002 Certified Bradley Method® Childbirth Educator
- 1991 Labor and delivery doula training
- 1992-1999 Student midwife under Traditional Midwife, Alice Hall Skenandore
- 1993 Midwifery School and clinical internship: Maternidad La Luz, El Paso, TX
- 1994-1997 Regional Program Director March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
- 1992-2003 Board of directors at Wise Women Gathering Place
- 2002 Administrative assistant, Wise Women Gathering Place
- 1995-2000 Volunteer with Brown County Breastfeeding Coalition
- 1999-2005 Volunteer with The Wisconsin Public Health-Home Birth Work Group
- 1994 Oak Grove Midwifery established
- 2008 Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential renewed every three years
- 2008 Wisconsin Licensed Midwife, license renewed every two years
- 1993-2020 CPR and neonatal resuscitation certification every two years
- 2019 Michigan Licensed Midwife, licensed renewal annually
- 2021 Starting at San Jose State University, School of Library and Information Sciences, Masters of Archives and Records Administration Program