Welcome Home participates in the training and nurturing of individuals interested in providing midwifery care to low-income communities.
The Future Midwives branch of the Apprentice Program begins with an 8-week classroom training. This training is focused on bringing to our apprentices the clinical skills necessary for safely assisting at out-of-hospital births, and fulfills the legal requirement for Midwife Assistants at Welcome Home Midwifery Services. Topics covered in this intensive classroom training include:
Medical Terminology for Midwife Assistants
Information Collection and Documentation for Midwife Assistants
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
Neonatal Resuscitation for Out-of-Hospital Providers
Medication Administration for Out-of-Hospital Birth
Venipuncture for Midwife Assistants
Equipment Setup for Out-of-Hospital Birth
Immediate Newborn Care for Midwife Assistants
Immediate Postpartum Care for Midwife Assistants
Fetal Heart Auscultation for Midwife Assistants
Specimen Collection for Midwife Assistants
Emergency Skills for Out-of-Hospital Birth
Transfers of Care
Following the 8-week training, Apprentice Midwives attend at least 6 client cases (including 2 prenatal visits, the labor and birth, and 2 postpartum visits for each client) with one or more Licensed Midwives through the program year. If enrolled in a MEAC-accredited midwifery school, the Apprentices also have the opportunity to have some of their clinical skills and experiences tested and signed off at this time. Participants in the Future Midwife branch of the Apprentice Program also receive individualized mentoring regarding enrollment in midwifery school, pathways to midwifery licensure, and emotional support on their path to midwifery certification.
Mariko Down, Midwife Assistant
Mariko Down has completed many trainings in her pursuit of fostering greater connection: massage therapy and health education, doula training, reiki, herbal nutrition and wild plants, and even permaculture design, or the ways in which humans can create self-sustaining ecosystems both in gardening and in community.
Birth is yet another way to bring humans into greater connection with the future, with heritage, in partnership, in community, with the cycles of our planet, and even with your body and your emotions. Or rather, that is what birth should be and isn’t always in our current time.
As a birth worker in training, Mariko is looking to take what works from the current model of medical care and to combine it with appropriate folk/cultural traditions and practices that give families greater confidence, soothe fears, and create support.
In her spare time, Mariko can be found in her garden, reading scientific articles and making cheesy memes out of them, or perhaps knitting with a cat in her lap while binge watching Parks and Rec.
Melisa Price, Midwife Assistant
Birth is one of the most beautiful, transformative experiences a person can go through. Ever since Melisa Price gave birth to her son in 2014 with a midwife she’s been convinced that everyone should have access to a midwife if they would like one.
Melisa has spent the last fifteen years coordinating and evaluating social and public health services for marginalized groups including African-American and Latino populations, families living in poverty, foster youth, LGBTQI youth, and homeless populations. In this role she has heard time and time again how pregnant and parenting women, especially adolescent and women of color, feel like they are judged, not listened to and disrespected.
As a Future Midwife she would like to use her experience with public health programs to inform her work with women, children and families and ensure that all families receives compassionate, dignified care and respectful care.
In her spare time Melisa likes gardening, dancing, grassroots community organizing, playing hide n’ seek with her rambunctious three year old and hiking with her energetic pit bull.
Keianna Laguna, Midwife Assistant
As a wife, nurse, and mother of four little ones I am passionately amazed by the naturalness of the birthing process. I am constantly in awe of the strength and beauty birth possesses. With such power to set the soul on fire, I feel such an amazing journey of empowerment deserves to be fully embraced.
Born and raised in the greater Sacramento area, I have lived a life of ups and downs. As a mother I have experienced the social and economic injustice within society, and as a nurse I have seen the racial divide within the healthcare field. I want to work within the community that I live, I want to serve those like myself, and I want to inspire awesomeness within those around me. My personal birthing experiences have changed my life, my children have given my world a new meaning, and the journey has sparked an unquenchable desire to be able to share in this passion with others. After several years as a family practice and pediatric Medical Assistant, I became a Licensed Vocational Nurse, and began training as a Doula in 2015. Currently on the path to RN, I possess an unyielding aspiration of becoming a Midwife.
I envision a community where young mothers, black mothers, single mothers, all mothers have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy. I have a desire to spread awareness, advocate, and educate, while standing for what is just and right. As I continue my education, I strive to learn in hopes of giving back to others in my community. Being a woman of color, I embrace the fear of failure and rejection to chance the possibility of acceptance and success. I am a lover of kitchen dance parties with my kids, singing in the shower, and breakfast for dinner. Horseback riding frees my spirit, and live music feeds my soul. I am slightly addicted to farmers markets and will never turn down a good meal. I believe life is capable of being amazing if we are willing to Love, Laugh, and Live It.