Kathryn became a midwife long ago in 1978. She was not one of those “knowing it in-utero” type of midwives; the passion unfolded slowly as she embraced feminism and became disillusioned with nursing and the US health care system.
Her first years as a CNM were spent in a midwifery practice in Tucson serving the Hispanic population in a county hospital. In 1982 she and another midwife left that practice and started Arizona’s first freestanding birth center, which 10,000+ births later continues to serve southern Arizona families. Kathryn remains active on their advisory board.
Kathryn had been very involved with birth centers on a national level: board member for the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC), faculty for AABC’s How to Start a Birth Center workshops, and a volunteer site visitor for the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers.
In 2002 she moved from Tucson to a rural community an hour south of the city, and joined the faculty for Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing (name has since changed to Frontier Nursing University). She also added a FNP certificate to her credentials, and worked in that role in a small hospital on the border with Mexico. Since 2007 she stopped working as a FNP and became full time faculty at Frontier
Kathryn met her husband in 1982, and is a devoted stepmother to his daughter and aunt to eight nieces and nephews. She loves living in the charming and eccentric village of Patagonia (where for 15 years she and her husband have been building their house), escaping to their family cabin high in the mountains outside of Tucson, and whenever possible traveling around this beautiful country and the world.