• What a blessed year 2018 has been!  I have been honored to have supported 20 families grow this year through their deliveries, as well as welcoming our longed for IVF rainbow baby.  You can read about our journey here if you want to know more about my story!  I am pretty amazed that despite a […]

  • F and J started care with me in the first trimester of their fourth pregnancy.  This was F’s third pregnancy with me.  You can read about her previous journeys here and here. F’s pregnancy progressed better than any of her others due to therapy for her diastsis recti separation which helped strengthen her core and […]

  • L and P started care with me in the first trimester of her fifth pregnancy.  This was to be L’s third home birth with me.  You can read about her previous journeys here and here. L’s pregnancy progressed along normally.  L’s previously had delivered about her estimated due date, and we assumed that this little […]

  • S and R started care with me in the second trimester of their third pregnancy.  S had previously experienced two cesareans in her birthing history, and was excitedly planning a VBAC for this baby. S’s pregnancy progressed along normally.  Four days before her estimated due date, S’s water broke at 830pm.  Since everything was reported […]

  • K and M started care with me in the first trimester of their fourth pregnancy.  K had her previous baby at home with me, and we fully anticipated this little one to be born at home as well, but sometimes you are thrown a curve ball in there.  You can read about K’s previous journey […]

B and S started care with me in the second trimester of their third pregnancy.  B experienced barely making it to the hospital with her last birth, and wanted to have her last baby in the comfort of her home and have a waterbirth.

B’s pregnancy progressed along normally.  B had her previous two babies in her 38th week, so was surprised to make her 39 week appointment with me.  She requested an exam and a membrane sweep.  She was 3cm dilated, 90% effaced, and baby at a 0 station. I felt like her body was preparing for another quick birth this time around too.

At 9am on September 28th, three days later, B sent me a text saying contractions had just started, coming about every 15 minutes, but she felt like this was it.  She was at the grocery store trying to finish up to get home as she was expecting things to move quickly.

Thirty minutes later, B sent a text that contractions were now coming every 8 minutes, and she wanted the birth team to head that way.

I arrived at 1025am, and found B listening to music, laboring peacefully at her counter side.  Contractions were coming every 3 minutes now, and seemed intense.  S was not home, as he had left to do a job before contractions had started.

My birth assistant, H, and I worked hard to get everything going with the birth pool, as B really desired a waterbirth.  However, neither of us are very handy when it comes to the hose attaching to the faucet, and it took sometime, and for my apprentice S to arrive for the attachment to work.

S arrived right after 11am, and B moved to laboring on her stairs.  Things were intense, and contractions were coming every 3 minutes, lasting over a minute.

B stated at 1113am that she was beginning to feel pushy.  When she found out the birth pool was not ready, she was determined to hold out for the birth pool.  The birth team worked hard to get the pool filled as quickly as possible for B to be able to get in.

The pool was deep enough for B to get in at 1125am, and she readily got in and sat in the warm water.

B was laughing and chatting between contractions, but was working hard when the next wave would be upon her.  S was always at her side, supporting her through the waves.

B’s bigger kiddos were at the house, and her daughter was a little scared with everything happening and wanted her mama.  Sweet little one held on to her mama’s hand through contractions.  I told B if we would be helpful her little one could definitely get in the pool with her if she wanted.  She decided it might help, so soon to be big sister got in her bathing suit, and went for a swim in the birth pool for a few of her mama’s contractions.  She was a happy girl being by her mama and getting to swim.

B was feeling more pressure, and was starting to moan with contractions.  She requested an exam at noon, and I found her to be 8cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a +1 station.

B was focused as the throes of transition were upon her.  She did beautifully listening to her body, and doing what her body was telling her to do.

She began to spontaneously push at 1221pm.  After the first push, her water broke in the birth pool.  The pressure intensified, as her sweet baby began to crown a minute later.  She paused, allowing her body to stretch, and then her sweet baby was born a minute later, quite wrapped in his cord!  I unlooped him out of his cord, and brought him to his mama’s chest.

After some stimulation with a towel on mom’s chest, baby K came around and started to pink up and cry.  After all her hard work, her sweet boy was here.

Welcome to the world, Kahvey!   Born earthside on September 28th, 2018 at 1223pm, weighing in at 6lbs 10ozs, 19.5 inches long.  He made quite the fast and furious entrance earthside.  His mom was grocery shopping at 9, and holding him three hours later!  It was a privilege to get to support this family welcome their third little one into the world.  #sacredjourneymidwifery

Apprentice Led Care
Apprentice Led Care can be a win win for the midwifery team and you, the patient. You get amazing and personalized care while a senior student gets the experience and opportunity they need, and I get to fulfill my wish to share my knowledge and teach future midwives to my high standards.
Sacred Journey has decided to include a new service that aligns with our values, and offers many benefits to you the patient.
The visit schedule will be the same, every four weeks once you enter care, every two weeks starting at 28 weeks, and every week after 36 weeks. One postpartum visit in home at 2 days, then in office at 2 weeks and then 6 weeks.
I attend all your care, am always physically present while my senior student provides the care under my watchful but gracious eye (somewhere between fly on a wall and the laser focus of the hawks scrutiny!). When communicating not in office, we will utilize a three way text with my senior student answering questions, and I will jump in if a correction or additional information is required.
At your birth I will be a few steps away during delivery, close enough if needed, but far enough away to not be a back seat driver!
How you will know if this style care is a fit~
  • You are confident in birth,
  • Have had a prior vaginal birth
  • Are called to help the next wave of midwives get experience
  • Want midwifery care but can’t afford the full rate

Interested in having a senior student be your midwife under supervision?  Contact us today for more information!

C and J started care with me in the first trimester of their fourth pregnancy.  C had her last baby at home with me.  You can read about that journey here.

C’s pregnancy progressed fairly normal.  Two days before she went into labor, C reached out to me over not feeling well and getting a couple borderline blood pressure readings.  She came in and I took her blood pressure, and found it to be normal.  I did a cervical exam and found her to be 1cm dilated, 60% effaced, and baby at a -4 station.  C had an ultrasound scheduled for the next day, and we agreed to keep her regular scheduled appointment for in two days with me.

At 123am on September 21st, one week before her due date, C’s water broke.  She called and talked to me about the blood tinged fluid.  She said baby was moving normal, and she was having some cramping.  I told her I would come that way, as I wanted to check in on baby with the bloody water she was describing.

I arrived, as did my senior apprentice, at 210am, finding C laboring standing, contractions coming every 1.5-2 minutes, lasting 50 seconds long.  It was clear her body was getting the memo that it was time to have a baby.

Mom and baby’s vitals looked great.  I did a cervical exam at 220am, and found her to be 4cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a -1 station.  I assessed the fluid, and found it to be something to watch closely.  Everything seemed perfect, and C was not presenting any worrisome signs.  So we set to assess heart tones every 10-15 minutes while C swayed through her labor waves.

Things moved very quickly from this point. C’s doula and birth photographer filtered in before 3am.  C continued to move around her bedroom, leaning on to J for some contractions, but she was very much doing her thing and coping beautifully.

My birth assistant and junior apprentice arrived after 3am.  It is a story worth remarking.  I was telling them my van was unlocked and for someone to grab the pool bag (this is my bag of supplies used to clean the birth pool after delivery), but my phone kept autocorrecting to pool “vag” every time I would correct.  It definitely gave some laughter.

C moved to the toilet at 325am to try to empty her bladder per my recommendation, but it caused a lot of discomfort, and C found herself soon moving to standing in the bathroom.

C continued to move around her bedroom.  I heard a contraction that was clearly pushy, and went into the room to look at her.  C was next to her bed, and with the next contraction began to spontaneously push at 349am.  The birth pool was no where near ready, so it was clear a water birth was not happening this time.

I heard some decelerations with heart tones, and encouraged C to push with all her strength.  She birthed the head at 353am into my senior apprentice’s hands, followed by the rest of her baby a minute later.  I helped my apprentice bringing the baby up to C’s arms.  Since C was standing at her bed side, we helped C get into her bed and then jumped into initial assessments.

It was quickly apparent to me that little Zeke was not doing okay transitioning to earth side.  I began to work on him after getting his vitals by stimulating, suctioning, and then bagging.  A birth team member initiated 911, while I worked on keeping his heart rate up.  After a couple minutes of working on him, I got some very labored respirations out of him.  I continued working on him until EMS arrived to take him to the hospital.  Zeke was admitted for Respiratory Distress Syndrome, but was able to come home two days later.

I finished C’s postpartum care at home, before taking her up to the hospital to be with her baby.  She got to breastfeed him soon after arrival, and he breastfed like a champ!

Welcome to the world Ezekiel (Zeke), born earthside on September 21st, 2018 at 354am, weighing in at 7lbs 11ozs.  It was such a joy to help this sweet couple welcome their fourth boy into the world!  #sacredjourneymidwifery

Photos taken by Coffee and Cream Photography.

The Details!

The training for 2019 consists of three days done in a cycle throughout the year.  You can join the training schedule at any point, you just have to complete the three days to meet that part of certification.  Here is the 2019 schedule:

  • Saturday, January 5th, 2019 from 930-430 Day 1 of 3
  • Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 from 930-430 Day 2 of 3
  • Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 930-430 Day 3 of 3
  • Saturday, May 4th, 2019 from 930-430 Day 1 of 3
  • Saturday, June 1st, 2019 from 930-430 Day 2 of 3
  • Saturday, July 6th, 2019 from 930-430 Day 3 of 3
  • Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 from 930-430 Day 1 of 3
  • Saturday, September 14th, 2019 from 930-430 Day 2 of 3
  • Saturday, October 12th, 2019 from 930-430 Day 3 of 3
  • Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 from 930-430 Day 1 of 3

Interested?  Send me an email for more information!

L and P started care with me in the beginning of the second trimester of L’s first pregnancy.  L had one less than pleasant appointment with an OBGYN that solidified to her that she wanted a different course of care for her pregnancy.

L was such a delight at each of her appointments, always ready to learn how to best care for herself and her baby.  When anemia and gestational diabetes joined the picture, L readily began her new supplement regimen and made a complete over hall of her diet, and was able to manage her gestational diabetes with diet and exercise.

L sent me a text in the early morning hours of September 15th, five days before her estimated due date, letting me know that she was having some irregular contractions with bloody show.  I encouraged resting, eating, and drinking while waiting for things to get more active.

L came over in the afternoon for an exam and membrane sweep.  Mom and baby’s vitals were perfect.  L’s cervix was 3cm dilated, 100% effaced, 0 station with her cervix anterior and stretchy.  I swept her membranes, and recommended L see her chiropractor N for an adjustment to help make labor more progressive.

L got adjusted, then decided to try a bath for relaxation at 645pm.  Contractions became strong and regular in the tub.  P began to text me, and shortly after 8pm, they requested me to come.

I found L standing, leaning on P for support, moaning with contractions.  Baby sounded perfect, and mom’s vitals looked equally great.

L agreed to a cervical exam at 915pm.  She was 5cm, 100% effaced, and baby at a +1 station.  There was some rigidity on her cervix, and L agreed to allow me to break it up during a contraction to help progression.

L moved to laboring on the birth ball after the exam.  She said the pain was in her back, and one of my apprentices applied essential oils to her back to help the pain. Contractions were coming every 3 minutes, lasting a minute long at this point.

L, P, and I had a conversation about potential emotional triggers when L moved to the toilet.  I reminded L that she was safe and strong, and I was there to help her through this sacred journey.

L sat back on the birth ball to labor, waiting for the birth pool to be ready.  At 11pm, l moved to laboring on her knees in the birth pool.

Contractions were coming every 4 minutes, lasting 90-120 seconds, and had increased greatly in intensity.  L leaned onto P for support, and asked me to talk to her through each contraction, as the words of encouragement were helpful.

Close to midnight, I encouraged L to change position and try semi reclining for a few contractions.  This position increased the pressure she felt in her bottom, and I reminded L that was a good thing, and encouraged her to stay there for a few contractions.

Nausea and vomiting rolled in, making it clear that L was in the throes of transition.  The birth team began to administer homeopathy which helped calm the nausea.

L was feeling some strange sensations, and asked to be checked close to 1am.  She was 7cm dilated, and baby was a +1/+2 station.  Her cervix was very stretchy, and the baby was putting perfect pressure on her cervix with contractions.

L did a great job snacking and drinking in between her contractions, and her blood sugar handled labor moderately well.

L began to labor on her knees, holding on to P with every contraction.  I needed to step away to pump, and L requested my apprentice S to sit in the chair in my place, but soon requested me to please pump beside her.  I pumped, and continued to talk her through contractions.  It was around this point that L really began to respond well to affirmations that focused on her being powerful and strong, so through out the rest of her labor, we focused on her power and strength.

L said contractions were feeling much different at 2am.  She became more vocal, and responded well to double hip squeezes.  At 247am, she began to bear down at the peaks of contractions.  At 259am, L began to spontaneously push with contractions in the pool.

L’s water broke at 305am, and baby sounded like a champ.  At 313am, l moved to semi reclining to continue to push in the pool.  She did well listening to her body, and moving her baby down.

L got out of the pool at 327am, and pushed for a couple contractions in a standing position before moving to the bed.  L moved positions very frequently in the bed, moving between left and right side, semi reclining.

My assistant H began to assist L with pushing using the rebozo for tug of war, which was very effective.  L found H to be a calming focal point, and a couple contractions later, we could see the head sitting on the perineum.

I reminded L as the burning set in that the burning was her baby, and she birthed the head at 358am, followed by the rest of her sweet girl at 359am.  She did it!  She had her baby at home!

Welcome to the world Sophie, born earthside on September 16th, 2018 at 359am weighing in at 7lbs 6ozs, 18.25″ long.  L was so proud of her strength, and empowered by the journey she took to bring sweet Sophie earth side.