Home Birth Midwife Montpelier Burlington Vermont. Pregnancy, birth, postpartum care.  Insurance and Medicaid accepted.

I have a fiery passion for birth work, families, and babies.  I would love the opportunity to talk with you about the birth you are envisioning.  I enjoy walking with families in a relationship of equals.  I aim to empower you to make the best decisions for your own family by sharing my knowledge of evidence and practice with you.  I bring fresh skills, safe care, deep knowledge, and all of my respect and love.

 

I offer complete pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and newborn care for low-risk normal pregnancies and clients.  I have offices in Montpelier and Burlington and serve a 1.5 hour radius of either town. I accept VT Medicaid. I was the first CPM, LM in the state to become a participating provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield VT.  I am in network with Cigna Healthcare.  I accept self-pay clients. I strive to make my services widely available by maintaining a flexible fee structure including barter/trade opportunities. I offer free no-pressure in-office consultations, and I have regular daytime and evening office hours so you don't have to use your time off until after the baby.

I have worked hard to build skills and knowledge to provide midwifery model pre-conception care to LGBTQ clients or clients who have struggled with infertility.  I offer guidance around assisted reproductive technologies including guidance around home IUI (intrauterine insemination).

There really is no one “kind of person” who plans a homebirth.

Whether you live in an apartment, a yurt, a trailer, or a house, eat calamari for breakfast, hate celery, listen to Katy Perry, wish you worked for the circus, listen to baseball on the radio, work in an office, enjoy coffee, secretly hate chocolate, feel younger than you are, or older than you look, like contra dance, can't carry a tune, love coloring in coloring books made for adults, or all/none of the above.  Homebirth is for people like YOU!

Let’s talk.

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Email me at: bornhomebirth@gmail.com

Call: 802.552.8687

 

My lifelong love of babies is what drove me to midwifery. I want families to have choices about their care during pregnancy, for birth, for their babies, and in postpartum care.  I want you to feel empowered through the process of care with me, and this is constantly reflected in my practice.  

 

I acquired my training through the time-honored tradition of apprenticeship.  I first started attending births as a labor support person in 2006.  I was busy raising my own family at that time, so I studied slowly, going to a few births a year to help out, reading texts, taking midwifery courses when I could, attending workshops, skills labs, and conferences until my kids were old enough for me to begin a formal full-time apprenticeship.  I spent two years apprenticing with a homebirth midwife in Vermont.  During this time I studied all aspects of client care, pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, and newborn care formally on my own to meet the detailed didactic requirements of the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) to complete their Portfolio Evaluation Process (PEP)--an alternative route to licensure for those who excel at self-motivated study.  During my apprenticeship at home I practiced all clinical aspects of client care under my preceptor's supervision, and from her I learned the true art of caring for families. Because Vermont is a small state, I supplemented my clinical study with 3 month-long trips to freestanding high-volume birth centers in Utah.  At these centers I was part of the care for 20-30 births each month (first trip as the assistant and in subsequent trips as the primary midwife under supervision).  The hands-on experience in the more clinical atmosphere of the high volume birth centers was the perfect compliment to my more organic, artful, and personal education here in Vermont.


I have three of my own children, all born at home, and I gave birth to three babies at Fletcher Allen as a gestational carrier (twins then a singleton).  I earned my Bachelors degree in Motherhood and Sustainable Living from Goddard College in 1998 and received my Masters in Radical Alternative Pedagogy from Goddard College in 2003.  I received my CPM (Certified Professional Midwife--the national credential given by NARM) in October 2014, and my LM (Licensed Midwife--the Vermont credential) in November 2014.  I regularly pursue continuing education above and beyond my licensing requirements and have a real passion for evidence-based care. 

 

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