Great question! Besides being a wife and mother, I’m a women’s health advocate and service provider. I have a Master’s degree in Health and Wellness, with a special certification in lactation care. I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and I have had the honor of helping mothers and babies by working at my local WIC office, in the labor and delivery department of my local rural hospital, and in my own private practice that specializes in home and virtual visits.
I founded the Guiding Star Project in 2012 as a non-profit organization to meet the practical needs of women through providing health care. Guiding Star has spread to affiliate centers across multiple states and continues to grow and spread the worldview of Wholistic Feminism through the vehicle of women’s healthcare. Wholistic Feminism, which is also the name of my first book, is a growing movement of diverse women all calling for a culture that sees women’s natural bodies as good and a valuable resource to our society. I love speaking, writing, and doing whatever I can to build up this movement to change the way women view themselves. Our bodies are not broken! Wholistic Feminism is the radical idea that women’s bodies are NOT the problem.
I also serve on the founding Board of Managers for the Pro Women’s Healthcare Centers consortium. This project has been near and dear to my heart as it’s allowed me the opportunity to get to know some of the best women’s health providers in our country and work with them on creating standards of care for excellent women’s’ healthcare. The PWHC standard is an important distinguisher of worldviews when it comes to women’s bodies and only those centers that actively support women holistically are certified.