Ruth was born September 27, 1957 in Texas, but has been a resident of Oklahoma since she was a child. She has three wonderful children. Russell Paul (her firstborn), was born at home in 1975 when she was 17 years old. She had two lay-midwives in attendance. Ruth labored 12 hours, and he weighed 8 lb. 4 oz. Stephanie (2nd), weighing 7 lb.12 oz. was born in 1981 at Hillcrest Medical Center following 24 hours of failure to progress in a planned homebirth. She believes her posterior position, and the fall she had taken two days prior to the birth was responsible for the failure to progress. Clayton (last, but definitely not least) was born in 1983 at home with midwives attending. He weighed 9 lb. 6 oz. and she labored for 9 hours.
Ruth was actively catching babies through her last two pregnancies. She has 6 grandbabies! She was honored to actually catch two of them. Grandchildren are such a gift, she is loving it! Ruth’s family has been, and continues to be, very supportive of her practice, especially when the hours get long and tiring. She has to give them credit for the many sacrifices they’ve made to supporting having a midwife for a mother. Ruth is asked many times if she ever gets tired of the job and she can honestly say she gets tired, but never of the job. Midwifery is much of what defines who Ruth is.