About Barbara

“When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.

And he went WOW. That’s amazing! And I said, “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.”

And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before: “I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.”

And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them. I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could “Win” at them.”

– Kurt Vonnegut



Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner


M.S.N., Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, 2006, in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.

B.S.N., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1972, Nursing.


Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner: NCC, 2007. Licensed in Michigan, 5/07. Licensed in North Carolina, 10/2009.

Registered Nurse. Licensed in North Carolina (1972), Kentucky (1977), and Michigan (1984-2010).

Certified Childbirth Educator, Lamaze International (formerly American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics), 1983. Recertified since 1986. Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Educators.

Certified Doula with Doulas of North America (DONA), 1994; Re-certified since 1999. Doula Trainer with DONA, course approvals 1994 – 2012.

Certified CIMS (Coalition For Improving Maternity Services) Site Evaluator (CCSV), August, 2002.

Certified HUG Trainer (H.U.G. Your Baby), 2011.

IBCLC, certified Lactation Consultant, 2012.