We are lucky in Vermont to have a thriving community of homebirth midwives. Families here have choices when they want to work with a homebirth provider, and midwives have a cooperative group of peers to collaborate with, back up, and peer review with. I feel very supported by my colleagues in Central Vermont. I know I always have the assistance I need, and I love being part of such a friendly close community.
Sienna Flanders CPM, LM is my assistant at most of my births. Sienna owns her own business, 8generations Birth Services , and I assist at her births as well. I treasure this mutually supportive relationship. We each bring our own set of unique strengths to each birth, but compliment each other well, and work together with an ease that is unmatched.
"I believe in supporting the natural processes of birth and taking advantage of the tools we have at home or in hospital as needed. After having my 3 children at home I was drawn to becoming a midwife to make sure that families continue to have access to safe nurturing pregnancy care options.
I have a Bachelors of Science degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. I then taught high school for a year before becoming the accountant for Annie's Naturals. After my second son was born I was lucky enough to stay home full time. We then began homeschooling which continued until my eldest was 10. When my second decided he would start school that fall I started on my path to becoming a midwife.
I trained at the National Midwifery Institute, a MEAC certified midwifery program. Spent my clinical hours working with homebirth midwives in Vermont and at a Freestanding Birth Center in Utah. Over my 3.5 years of study I had the pleasure of working with 10 different midwives. Each with different expertise: homeopathy, herbs, hypnosis (calming for birth) alongside their awesome midwifery skills. My own 'skills' basket brims over with all they have shared with me. My education continues as I work with other midwives and attend conferences and trainings regularly.