The Board of Directors is the governing body of Welcome Home Midwifery Services, Inc, providing support and oversight to the organization, its programs, and its activities.
Decisions made by the Board of Directors are closely guided by votes from the Advisory Board.
President: Madeleine Shernock Secretary: Katelyn Scott Treasurer: Chloé Girot Community Education Coordinator: Chayo Lavín
Madeleine Shernock, LM, CPM In 2010 Madeleine began attending births in hospitals, homes, and birth centers as a doula, and soon after founded Welcome Home Doula Services, a 501(c)(3) that provides affordable doula services primarily to low-income families in Sacramento county. She later attended Midwives College of Utah and worked in two home birth practices as well as a freestanding birth center. From 2015-2016, she served as an AmeriCorps member with the Child Abuse Prevention Center, facilitating in-home parenting lessons and social service referrals to low-income families in North Sacramento. It was while she was working in this neighborhood with one of the highest infant death rates in the county that she came to realize the true importance of adequate perinatal healthcare, and got a grasp on just how underserved Sacramento’s Medi-Cal population is during the childbearing year. She is a Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife, and serves as the President of the Board of Directors.
Madeleine has worked to increase access to evidence-based care for all families regardless of class or background. Her goal has always been to not let cost be an issue for expectant families; everyone has a right to a safe, healthy, and satisfying birth experience free of trauma. In founding Welcome Home Midwifery Services, Inc. alongside a dedicated team, it is her plan to strengthen the workforce of midwives in our state by facilitating high-volume training for midwives, particularly for students from marginalized communities.
Katelyn Scott Katelyn brings creativity, knowledge, and passion to this organization as the Secretary of the Board of Directors. Her interest for community health first sparked when she was interning with a low-cost reproductive health clinic in the Central Coast in 2012. Her overwhelmingly positive experience working with the patients at this clinic helped to pinpoint exactly how she wanted to apply her personal passions for reproductive health to a career. In 2016, she graduated from Sacramento State University with a degree in Health Sciences, emphasizing in Community Health Education.
She originally became involved in the local birth community through Welcome Home Doula Services in 2016, where she completed a year-long doula apprenticeship. This apprenticeship gave her the opportunity to explore her passions for birth and serving the community together. At the end of 2016, she served as the Community Outreach & Education Intern for WHDS, teaching a childbirth education series and aiding in their first annual fundraiser.
Chloé Girot Chloé has been fascinated with the childbirth process from a very young age, and through personal research discovered many stories of birth and how some experiences are blissful and others are more traumatic. She then set out with the passion to help educate families about how birth should be a happy, loving and rewarding accomplishment for the mother, not a scarring event.
Chloé graduated with a Bachelor's in Leisure Management in 2013 which focused on organizing and executing community events. Her education background coupled with her passion for maternity care makes the position of Treasurer and Community Clinic Program Manager more than fitting. Her ultimate goal is to become a midwife who facilitates positive, encouraging and evidence-based maternal care. In 2016, Chloé trained as an Apprentice Doula with Welcome Home Doula Services and continues her work in that organization as a Birth Doula in the greater Sacramento area.
Her intent for her role at Welcome Home Midwifery Services is to provide the opportunity for safe, supportive and accessible care for expectant mothers and their families.
Chayo Lavín Chayo began working with WHMS as part of their degree program. They chose their Field Study with our organization because of their passion for serving low-income families and reducing disparities in birth outcomes among marginalized populations. Chayo's experience with grassroots organizations in advocating for economic and racial justice spans several counties, and includes program administration, membership coordination, event coordination, and fundraising.
Since starting with WHMS, Chayo has attended doula trainings, trained as a Midwife Assistant, and participated in projects with local professionals specific to language inclusivity pertaining to Transgender and Gender Nonconforming parents. Chayo moved from their role as Programming Intern to be the Community Education Coordinator on the WHMS Board of Directors in September of 2017.
Chayo currently studies at University of California, Santa Cruz, majoring in Community Studies with an emphasis in Health Justice.
Interested in Joining the WHMS Board of Directors?
Current Members of WHMS may submit a letter of inquiry via e-mail if they wish to nominate themselves or another WHMS member for the Board of Directors. Letters of Inquiry are due by 10/31/2018 for an 11/30/18 election date.
Positions on the Board of Directors may be held by the following:
2- Licensed Healthcare Providers (one of whom must be a CA Licensed Midwife) 1 VACANCY 2- Midwife Assistant 2- MEAC-enrolled Student Midwives 2 VACANCIES 2- Previous WHMS or WHDS Clients 2 VACANCIES 2- Sacramento or San Joaquin County Residents/Community Members 2 VACANCIES