Stephanie was born and raised in Sacramento and has been serving her community for 4 years as a doula, including as a full-spectrum doula in a clinical setting. Stephanie works with two home birth practices, attending births throughout the Central Valley as a student midwife and Midwife Assistant, and is dedicated to this transitional experience for all families.
Stephanie's goal is to become a Licensed Midwife by 2020 and to continue to serve Sacramento, focusing on reaching the Spanish-speaking community. She is also passionate about increasing access to midwifery care for undocumented families in her region. She comes from a matriarchal family with many strong women surrounding her with birth stories, and recently through her own research found that she has multiple family members who were parteras in Mexico.
Stephanie has also had the privilege of serving as a social worker and Spanish-speaking advocate at the Central Valley's only domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking shelter catering to Asian Pacific Islander survivors. In addition to working with WHMS as a Student Midwife and as the Advisory Board Chair, Stephanie is also a student midwife with Big Valley Midwives, a home birth practice that serves San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties.
When she is not on-call, she likes to explore nature with her son, go to live music shows, read, and travel.
Stephanie habla español.
Amy Adams, Midwife Assistant
I have two children of my own, with two vastly different birth experiences. Being a teen mom the first time, I didn't know I had choices! I knew as I got older that I wanted to help people have the experience they deserve, the one they want. I want to see everyone treated with respect and dignity. In my second birth, I had two incredible midwives helping me along the way from beginning to end. I planned a home birth, but as it progressed we chose to go to the hospital. Being informed about what was happening and what my choices were and then giving consent to my treatment made all the difference in the world. What could have been a traumatizing and demeaning experience was changed by my midwives and the strength they believed I had.
I want to help give that to everyone. If I can be even a small part in changing the way people are brought into this world, with a loving and respectful environment, I will do it. I know that WHMS provides this to people. I know that ALL people regardless of income, age, gender, ability, etc. deserve this.
I trained as a Midwife Assistant with Maddy and am super excited to assist at births and clinic with WHMS. I have certifications in Basic Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation, and am a Certified Massage Therapist.
Chloé Girot, Midwife Assistant
Although not yet having personally birthed, Chloé has been fascinated with the natural process from a young age. Ever since she was introduced to childbirth in her 6th grade science class, she has been hooked on the idea of helping whomever achieve parenthood. She knows that birth should be a happy, loving, and rewarding accomplishment for the family, not a scarring event.
Chloé has been attending births since 2016 and has since completed her doula apprenticeship with a non-profit doula service in July 2017. She has additionally trained as a Midwife Assistant, and is certified in Basic Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation.
Chloé loves trips to new places, watching movies, and cuddling her kitties in her downtime.
Madeleine Shernock, Licensed Midwife
Madeleine is a Licensed Midwife (LM), meaning she is licensed to provide midwifery care services (including prenatal care, labor and birth care, postpartum care, and family planning care) to families during the childbearing year. She also has a background in sexuality education and social services, having worked as a home visitor, a peer educator, and a reproductive health worker. As Clinical Director of WHMS, Madeleine oversees services provided by our clinical staff.
Madeleine obtained her academic midwifery education at Midwives College of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah and National College of Midwifery in Taos, New Mexico. Both are MEAC-Approved midwifery programs. She became a Certified Professional Midwife in August of 2017 and received her California Midwifery License in September of 2017.
In her spare time, she loves to cook and eat treats, spend quality time with her spouse, and play with her sweet pet bunny named Dennis Hopper.
Madeleine is now seeing clients in her office at 2830 I Street, Suite 106 in Sacramento. Visits are available by appointment only.