Pregnancy and birth with all the new mamas and babies is my hearts birdsong.
Outside of my highest calling as a wife and mother to six, within me runs a deep love for and connection with pregnancy and childbirth.
Since the earliest age I can remember, I was fascinated with babies and pregnancy. While growing up, I learned all I could about conception, the birth process, and all the little details I could find on the subject.
Since becoming a mother myself, I have run the gamut of birth experiences, from a terrifying birth with my first child to a great drug-free hospital birth with my second to confident, beautiful, all-natural homebirths with my four youngest. I have also had an unplanned pregnancy that was healthy and uncomplicated to two very much anticipated pregnancies that ended prematurely.
During my first pregnancy in 2002, I often watched TLC's "A Baby Story" and was intrigued by a few of the births. They all had one thing in common besides babies being born. These births had women called "doulas" in attendance. I was inspired. I began a doula training and certification program (DONA) after my second child was born and there my world of birth, that was so neatly constructed by the medical model, was blown wide open.
Midwives were a real, today's world, thing...??!! I was stricken. As much as my heart was for pregnancy and birth, I never had the slightest intention of entering that world through a medical profession. I didn't know any different and didn't know it could be any different, but working toward OB or L&D nurse never pulled on me. This though - midwifery - this sweetly called my name.
I worked happily as a doula for families in hospitals, birth centers, and homes for several years. I put midwifery up and away with my someday wishes and my too-big-for-right-now heart dreams. You know - where, when my children were grown and my frizzy, curly brown hair had finally given way to grey, I could pull it down and finally put it on. But, though I thought I had put it out of my mind for a different season - tucked away into those secret recesses of my heart, the pieces that refused to sit quietly by and wait would continue their calling and, eventually, I would answer.
It was in the fall of 2012... we were at one of those infamous forks in the road. We couldn't just keep going straight. There were no road signs indicating which fork led to what, so we prayed. And then God directed. And then my husband led the way... all the way to the Philippines where I would spend the next 2.5 years totally immersed in all things woman, birth, and baby. I studied through National College of Midwifery of New Mexico while getting my hands on skills training through New Life International School of Midwifery at a charity birth center in the heart of Davao City, Philippines where they deliver around 1,500 babies annually! Finally, at the end of 2015, we were back in The States with my NARM certified professional midwife (CPM) credentials in tow.
A whirlwind, to be sure, but the education and experience gained was unlike any other. High risk births made up the majority of the 150+ deliveries I attended in my time there. This offered me the unparalleled experience and confidence to anticipate and manage those difficult situations (that occasionally do occur, even here), but also a much greater appreciation for the wonder of witnessing and allowing natural birth, in healthy and well nourished mamas, to take place with no need for interference at all.
We moved to the Northwoods of Wisconsin in spring of 2016 and I recieved my Wisconsin midwifery license in July of 2016. I remain current in neonatal resuscitation (NRP) and CPR certifications, and participate in ongoing peer-review, monthly skills trainings, and various conferences. All these things to ensure I am keeping current in skill and the new research to best serve Blooming Birth Families.
It has been an amazing thing to see how all the little things I imagined and dreamed of as a little girl, God is starting to bring all together now. And I look so forward to every opportunity I am allowed to stand watch over birth and witness life in its most wondrous form
...here in the gorgeous north country of Wisconsin.
Midwife CPM, LM
We are here to support and guard
the most precious thing life has to offer...
That is, life itself.
Midwife CPM, LM
To live is the rarest thing in all the world - most people exist, that is all.
I have been drawn to things that grow for a long time, whether It be babies or plants.
I began my training in September of 2003 at the International School of Traditional Midwifery in southern Oregon, where I started attending births as a doula, and learned my basic midwifery skills. I assisted in two homebirth practices for 3+ years in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, which gave me my knowledge and understanding of homebirth. I studied at Maternidad La Luz birth center/school in El Paso, Texas for 8-months, where I received the majority of my hands-on training. I like to call my time at Maternidad La Luz my "Midwifery Boot Camp", where I worked 24-hour shifts every two days on the US/Mexico border. I worked (and played!) for 4+months as a resident midwife at the Authentic Birth Center and Wellness Collective in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin until January 2015 (but you may still catch a glimpse of me at Authentic Birth Center every now and then). I have returned back to the Northwoods, and Homespun Midwifery's doors have been open to the northern Wisconsin public as of January 1st, 2015!
I was licensed as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) in August of 2012, and have been a Licensed Midwife (LM) in the state of Wisconsin since September of 2012. And I have been certified in out-of-hospital Neonatal Resuscitation since 2003, and Healthcare Provider Infant/Adult CPR since 1999. I have gone through the NARM Midwifery Bridge Certificate Program as of May 2016 and am currently enrolled in the Midwives College of Utah Bachelors of Science in Midwifery (BSM) program, due to graduate April 2018.
*I am honored to have such a fully qualified midwife as Britton attending births with me as the second brain and pair of hands! We make a great team. However, she spends the majority of her time managing her own practice over at Homespun Midwifery. Visit her site to read more about Britton and all the great things she's doing for mamas and babies here in the northwoods.