Born and raised in the Ozarks of southern Missouri, Jenni is a recent transplant to Minnesota. She found her passion for midwifery through her early nursing career and time spent abroad in India. As a pediatric long-term care nurse, she saw the difference that prenatal care and education can make in outcomes for children, and in her encounters with women overseas she learned the need, value and importance of truly being “with women”—the essence of midwifery.
She completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2009 and after working a few years as a registered nurse, received her master’s degree with a dual focus of midwifery and women’s health from Georgetown University in 2014. For the last two years, she has been practicing in Central Illinois and is excited to continue her work with the families of Minnesota.
With a strong belief that the health of mothers determines the health of communities, she has made it her goal to educate and empower women to know their bodies, be aware of choices that impact their health, and feel informed and confident to make the best decisions for themselves. She enjoys partnering with women from adolescence through menopause to meet their needs and achieve their goals.
Special interests include teens, mental health, natural family planning and being present with women during labor. In her work with babies, she counts it an honor to be trusted with the care of one of life’s most precious gifts and a privilege to witness birth—a most sacred and meaningful event for a growing family.
She lives with her husband, Danny, and their Great Dane-Shephard mix, Oliver. She takes pleasure in traveling, coffee with the sunrise, evening walks with her family, and cooking meals for friends.