My name is Jazmin and I am a Birth Doula at WHMS. Growing up we’re asked, “What is it you want to be when you grow up?” When you’re five years old that seems like an easy question to answer. When I was younger my answer was a Super Model. (Thanks Barbie!) However, the older I got, the harder this question became to answer but there was one thing I knew for certain. I wanted to be a mother and that I can thank my mother for. My mother is my role model. She’s inspired me to be the greatest mother I can be. My mother has taught me the importance of love, nurturement, and most importantly; patience. Along with wanting to be a mother I have always connected with being a healer. Now that I’m a mother, these things all have really come into effect and on a whole other level! Nothing compares to the love that a mother has for her child and now that I’ve become what I have always dreamed of, I have found myself craving more. This is where being a healer comes in…
My first experience with live birth was when my sister-in-law gave birth to my nephew. I was present in her hospital room along with her grandma, sister, best friend, and of course my mother-in-law. I saw everything! My sister-in-law, sixteen at the time, made childbirth look so easy! Three pushes and we welcomed my handsome nephew into the world. It was a beautiful experience. I think the overall best part of the experience was just the energy in the room of all of us women there to support my sister-in-law in such an emotional time. We all cried tears of joy and relief. It wasn’t until my personal birth experience I realized just how scary giving birth can be. It was a long twenty-five hours for me. I ended up having my son via cesarean. I was nervous, I was excited, I was afraid, I was proud, but most of all I was in love.
Through my experiences parenting my young son I have found myself doing some self-reflecting and asking myself “What is it that I WANT to do with life?” and here I am. I’m here to be that support system for those who need it most in these precious times. I want to give mothers and their families a memorable, comforting, and heart-warming experience. I find self-satisfaction in being someone to count on. I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure anyone I care about or care for is well taken care of whether it be physically, mentally, or both. That’s what brings me joy. Even if it’s for a stranger, I’ll go out my way because I feel everyone deserves comfort and love. You never know what battles someone is facing, and one small act of kindness can go a long way. I firmly believe in that.
Birth has been the central passion of my work my whole adult life. I have a total of six adult children and a small and diverse nation of their partners, and what my mother called grands and great grands. The first two were born in my teens in very different hospital settings, all of the others at home. The first time I was a college student I worked on labor and delivery where I liberated my first fetoscope - you could not just buy one then - when one of my roommates at the communal house told me she was pregnant, having the baby there at home, and wondering if I would like to help her since I had some kids and had seen some births. That was enough then. After that birth, I was committed for life and whatever else I was doing, I have never really left birth alone since. I have taught classes, developed an apprenticeship program, been a doula, and, of course, attended births wherever in the world I was living. Because every birthing person is the final authority on who and what they need for their own births, and they each should have it! The heart of the way that midwives everywhere approach birth offers safety and comfort for all concerned. That is what I hope I put into practice every time, and what I think it is so important for us not to lose sight of. Nowadays, we get degrees in this stuff - and that is what I am doing. I am a student at Midwives College of Utah, here at Welcome Home as a student midwife for the rest of my clinical time as I finish the BSM and head for the masters program preparing to be qualified to teach in the new professionalized world of midwifery education. This is how I am approaching the need of birthing people the world over for us to stay true to our own unique body of knowledge and approach to birth and to our own identity as midwives. The more we become another western health profession the less we will have to offer our clients, except in the superficial procedural sense, of course, in the way of safety and the things that give us an actual advantage. We do that by doing doing midwifery, When I am not at Welcome Home, I live in central Missouri on a few acres in an old farmhouse. We grow organic stuff, and heat with wood, all the things you expected me to say. I am passionate about diversity and inclusion work, rarely allowing friends or family members to get by unchallenged in my presence when they say stuff that needs to be discussed. I am vegetarian and do a lot of organic cooking from scratch. I try to be more active than depressed about climate change.
Janet is a Primary Midwife Under Supervisionstudent with Welcome Home, meaning Janet will be leading prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, and well woman care under the Licensed Midwife's supervision as the final component of her midwifery education.
Desiree has worked with various midwives in the East Bay and North Bay since 2014 and has worked with Welcome Home since 2018. She has experience with birth center and home birth practices. She has had two babies while in midwifery school and is excited to finally be finishing her midwifery training with Welcome Home! She enjoys being a mom and sharing her experiences and ever growing knowledge of deals and resources for parents.
Desiree is a Primary Midwife Under Supervision student with Welcome Home, meaning Desiree will be leading prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, and well woman care under the Licensed Midwife's supervision as the final component of her midwifery education.
Hello! My name is Courtnee and I am a Student Midwife at WHMS. After experiencing the transformational power of birth first hand and chatting with other new parents about their birth experiences I began to realize that there was a major gap in the level of support and care folks often experience during this time of amazing physical and spiritual growth. The more birth stories I listened to, the more passionate I became about becoming an advocate for pregnant people and their childbearing experience. In 2016 I attended my first birth as a doula and was hooked! Supporting pregnant folks and their families with holistic, judgement free, and culturally sensitive care during the childbearing year is my life's greatest passion.
Outside of birthwork you can find me exploring local trails with my family, eating way too much chocolate, drinking the blackest of coffee and spending time in my garden.
My name is Amy Adams and I am a Student Midwife and Midwife Assistant with WHMS. 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 Welcome Home and I am super excited to assist at births and clinic with WHMS. I have certifications in Basic Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation, and I am also a Certified Massage Therapist.
My name is Chloe Girot and I am proud to be a Birth Doula and Midwife Assistant at WHMS. Having completed the Birth Doula Apprentice Program myself in 2017, I strive to help WHMS train aspiring doulas and midwife assistants to thrive in their communities.
I have been fascinated with the natural process of childbirth from a young age. I remember nothing from 6th grade science class except that I was introduced to how babies were born and that amazed me! Ever since, I was hooked on the idea of helping a birthing parent achieve parenthood. After much research about birth experiences I kept finding how some are blissful and others are more traumatic. Before I even knew what a doula or midwife's purpose was, I instinctively knew that birth should be a happy, loving and rewarding accomplishment, not a scarring event. Once I was introduced to doulas and midwives, and what they are all about, I thought to myself I was meant to support and encourage women in their greatest time of need!
Although working in the birthing community is my passion, in my spare time I enjoy swimming, going to the movies or snuggling with my two kitties.
My name is Madeleine Wisner, and I provide care to families as Licensed Midwife and a Birth Doula through Welcome Home Midwifery Services, Inc. I also facilitate trainings for our organization's staff and help to oversee general operations of the organization with our Board of Directors.
I began supporting families as a doula since 2010. I became a doula because when families are supported by doulas during pregnancy and childbirth, these families tend to better advocate for their children, they have better and more secure attachments, and everyone seems to be more healthy. I decided to train doulas to support communities that otherwise did not have access to doula care.
The providers at Welcome Home often teach families for the first time what it means to receive nurturing, empathy, gentle touch, and helpful guidance. We remind families that their voices matter and that they are the experts on their own bodies. We help people ask their providers important questions, and we help families find answers and strengths they do not yet know they have. We help families find other people who also do all of these things. We normalize these behaviors for parents, then we sit back and watch parents normalize them for their children. We have the fortune of watching the world become a little more gentle, kind place one family at a time. I sometimes have to remind myself that my job is real life because it is just that special.
In 2017, I became a Licensed Midwife (LM), meaning I am 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. It's truly a pleasure to attend to families as their midwife or as their doula through Welcome Home.
In my spare time, I loves to cook and eat treats, spend quality time with my spouse, and play with my sweet pet bunny named Dennis Hopper.