I grew up in a family of 9 children in rural Minnesota. My father was a family practice physician and I spent my teenage years working in his clinic. I also worked in many capacities at a family practice clinic in Corvallis for 7 years and have taught childbirth classes. I have participated in the Oregon Midwifery Council since 1985, serving as president for 2 terms and regional representative for 6 years. I am the mother of 5 grown children and the proud grandparent of Sebastian and Isaac .