Lynnette began studying midwifery when she became pregnant with her first child, only she was not aware of that at the time. One of the books she read during that pregnancy was Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin, and she secretly hoped that the birthing school bus would stop by when she was ready to deliver. When that didn’t happen and her first birth seemed chaotic, she went on the pursuit of finding a better way.
The search led her to find a midwife who did births at home for her fourth child in 1993. That baby was one of the first delivered legally in Colorado by a Registered Midwife. A few years after that, in 1996, Lynnette attended her first birth as a student midwife.
Lynnette was fortunate to be able to work with many different midwives over the next 10 years when she achieved the CPM credential and a Colorado Registered Midwife in 2006. In the meantime, she was increasing her education and in 2009, graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN.) She has also done some graduate course work in nurse-midwifery and public health.
Lynnette’s primary goal in her midwifery practice is to create an environment of shared decision making with her clients. Ultimately that means she works together with families so that they maximize their ability to birth without unnecessary intervention, but with safety for mother and baby still the foremost priority.
At this time, she is interested in making midwifery education more standardized and rigorous, and is committed to helping Registered Midwifery in Colorado be safer, professional, and more integrated into the health care community.