I generally have one or two assistants/students with me at a birth. This enables things to flow smoothly, and provides help during the rare occasion when both mama and baby need attention at the same time. Midwifery is a skill that has been traditionally handed down via the apprenticeship model from one generation to the next. Having benefited from the midwives who trained me, and from the families who graciously allowed me to be part of their births, it’s my desire to help in training more midwives who can in turn serve others. Making you, the consumer, feel comfortable with your birth team is of utmost importance to me as well. Because of this, I discuss the birth team in detail with you, and give you the opportunity to meet the potential assistant(s) before your delivery. If you have a preference about who and how many are in attendance, please feel free to talk about this in person at one of your prenatal visits! And please note, the assistant fee is covered in the total price for services, so there’s no additional cost for clients. As of Spring 2016, I am also thankful to introduce a more regular back-up midwife…so you can rest assured that during the rare times I am unavailable (such as when two babies decide to come at once) or out of town, you will still be competently cared for!
Current Student (attending most births as my assistant and apprentice):
Lynelle Martin ~ Lynelle has had an interest in midwifery for some time (she had all three of her children at home with midwives!), and she began assisting me with births in the summer of 2015, when I needed an extra set of hands AND a competent baby-sitter for my youngest (who was nursing, thus attending births with me!). With her own personal experience, as well as significant knowledge from self-study, she adds a gentle touch and intuitive input at births. She recently gained her Neonatal
Resuscitation Certification, adding to the skills she brings to births. Besides her work assisting me, she also stays *busy* juggling many different activities, including homeschooling and helping with her family’s recent business venture Sowers Harvest Cafe, a lovely cafe located in downtown State College. Check it out, and be sure to say hello to Lynelle or her husband, Bryant-they love to make new friends!
Current Back-up Midwife and Assistant (present at high-risk births and/or when Lynelle is not available):
Rose Marie Spicher: Rose Marie was a licensed midwife in TX since the mid-1980’s, and has lots of experience caring for moms and catching babies! She recently relocated to Belleville, PA, where she has her own practice and assists other local midwives. If you’re looking for a midwife in the area, I can highly recommend her, and I’m grateful to have her expertise for high-risk situations, as well as knowing she will provide great care for my own clients during times I am unavailable.