“Kelsey was my midwife with her assistant Lynelle for my 3rd child’s birth, and my first home birth. It was an amazing experience compared to my first two hospital births, just being at home as a low risk mom. Kelsey is so sweet and easy to connect with, and she was always willing to answer my questions at any time. Kelsey is very educated on childbirth and I was very impressed by how she kept herself in the know on the most updated information and recent research. I felt very confident with Kelsey at my side through pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum time. I highly highly highly recommend Kelsey and would definitely use her services again if we decide to have more children.” ~Kristen
A Grandmother’s Perspective: “Kelsey was the midwife for my son Greg and daughter in law Lacy’s home birth on Jan 12. I was honored and blessed to be a witness to the miracle of my second grandsons home birth. My own four children were born naturally in birthing centers, so this was a new experience for me! As an IBCLC by profession, i see first hand every day, how hospital birth and labor protocol and practices often have a negative effect on birth and breastfeeding, So I was very supportive of their decision. Kelsey was so reassuring, knowledgeable, and encouraging when labor stalled several times. She did not rush them into making a decision to go to the hospital, rather, she kept a close eye on both mom and baby to be sure everyone was safe and healthy. Although we were getting concerned, we never lost confidence in Kelsey’s ability to help Mom and Dad make the right decision. Throughout Lacy’s progressing labor, Kelsey, the doula Maria, and Kelsey’s team , skillfully guided Mom, Dad, and baby Silas through a beautiful,peaceful (though really hard for Mom!) water birth. Tears of joy and relief all around! I will never forget the experience. This could not have been possible without Kelsey! Highly recommend!” ~Cathy
“Kelsey is a fantastic midwife who helped us safely and peacefully bring our second child into the world. Throughout my pregnancy, Kelsey took time to answer all my questions (and I always had a list). One of my favorite things about Kelsey is that all of her responses started with “The latest research I’ve seen…” or “In all of my experiences…” My husband was a bit more anxious about the idea of a home birth, and she very kindly fielded all his questions and our inquiries about the awful stories we heard. I always looked forward to appointments, not just to hear the baby’s heart beat, but to spend time with another mom who was excited to be on this pregnancy journey with me. Kelsey is so sweet and kind-hearted and is just the right dose of maternal love. When it came time to deliver, she was a calm but strong presence. Since we had discussed what parts of labor and delivery were important to us beforehand, she was able to make it all happen. I was so thrilled to have her directives to prevent any tearing (which made postpartum recovery super easy)! She and her assistant quickly cleaned up “the mess,” made us breakfast, and tucked our new family back into bed just 3 hours after delivery.” ~ Bethany C.
“My husband and I and our four children moved to the area four months before I was due with our fifth. We did not have any previous checkups before coming here. When we had found Kelsey right away, she was willing to take me and squeeze me in her busy schedule. I shared with her my previous births and how I desired this one to go. She has a heart to make the birth experience as meaningful as possible. She is gentle and is also very educated. She answered a lot of questions I had that were not answered from my previous midwife/birth experiences. She doesn’t get easily stressed; she carries a strong sense of peace within her. This was the best birth experience I had! I highly recommend her.” ~ Denise Note: check out Denise’s blog and read her birth story here at deniserenae.com
“Kelsey is the consummate midwife! She maintains the perfect balance of professionalism, expertise, empathy, and compassion toward her clients. Her tender heart for mothers and babies makes it clear that Kelsey has chosen the right profession. When I was experiencing severe morning sickness during my pregnancy, Kelsey was incredibly sympathetic and gracious toward me, and her encouragement helped me to survive several difficult weeks. After our daughter was born, I loved watching Kelsey interact with her. Kelsey’s face lights up every time she holds a baby, and she is very gentle and attentive with the infants that she delivers.
During our initial consultation and each prenatal appointment, I felt like I was meeting with a friend while also receiving excellent care for our baby and me. Many times when I asked Kelsey a question about pregnancy, labor, or postpartum recovery, her response would start with a comment along the lines of “the latest research shows” or “from what I have been reading lately.” Knowing that Kelsey works hard to stay informed and educated about current issues in her field further increased my confidence in her ability to provide excellent medical care. During our appointments, Kelsey was so sweet to converse with and provide toys for my 3-year old son who I would bring along with me. After just a couple of prenatal checkups, he grew to look forward to our appointments with Mrs. Martin!
Kelsey allowed my husband and me plenty of freedom to make decisions about how to handle labor and the delivery of our little one, and her calm demeanor and expertise made both of us feel at ease during the entire process. During early labor, Kelsey gave us the perfect amount of privacy but was also readily available to assist with any questions or needs that we had. When it came time to deliver our baby, Kelsey was a calm but encouraging cheerleader. I greatly appreciated her gentle reminders for me to breathe and relax, and my husband and I felt very reassured by how consistently she monitored the baby.
Kelsey’s practice is located in her home, and each time I came over for an appointment, I was amazed at how clean and comfortable she keeps her entire house. The room Kelsey uses to conduct prenatal and postpartum checkups is private and peaceful, and is adorned with dozens of pictures of the babies that she has helped to bring into the world. There are also a couple bins of toys available for kids who accompany their moms to checkups. Kelsey’s attention to detail makes her home a lovely place to conduct a midwifery practice.
My husband and I would highly recommend Gentle Delivery Childbirth Services to any expectant parents, and we can’t wait to work with Kelsey again if, Lord willing, we have more children.” ~Alison
“We chose Kelsey as our midwife while looking into various birthing options. Her ready smile and easy laugh helped this first time mom feel at ease. After each appointment we parted better friends, feeling that she personally cared about me and the little child I carried. Every word and remark was encouraging, boosting my confidence and spurring me on.
She showed great patience in answering my many questions as I navigated through my first-ever pregnancy, and again as I toiled through a 72-hour labor and birth. Her confidence mixed with professionalism shone through at every turn, to the point that my husband (a doctor’s son) became totally sold on the idea of a homebirth for all of our future children. I felt we couldn’t be in better hands. ” ~ Amy
“My husband and I have immense gratitude for our wonderful home birth experience that was only possible through Kelsey’s generosity, sensitivity, knowledge and confidence. Kelsey, to our great joy, was willing to take over our prenatal care when we contacted her at 32 weeks pregnant, even despite the fact that our due dates were fairly close together. From the moment we met her my husband and I were encouraged by her calm and competent demeanor. Kelsey is a wonderful person by nature; but she is also an incredibly knowledgeable and skilled individual. When it came time for our home birth, Kelsey again impressed us with her focused calm – intuitively knowing and respecting my desire to labor in my own way, but also providing very thorough care. Kelsey honored my instincts – a gift that was deeply empowering for me, and for which I am incredibly grateful. Kelsey gave us the gift not only of a safe, loving and intervention-free delivery, but an emotionally uplifting and sacred start to our son’s journey in life. In the days (and now weeks!) since our son was born, my husband and I frequently comment on how we believe that our son is as healthy and content as he is because of his peaceful entry into the world. Kelsey made this possible. We are forever grateful to her as she has had an incredible impact on our son’s life, and ours, by giving him the healthiest and most loving start possible. We would without hesitation give her the highest recommendation.” ~Sarah
“My son Isaiah’s birth was traumatic for me: after waiting for hours in transition for pushing contractions to kick in, all the while knowing someone else was in labor who needed my midwives, I yielded to the pressure and accepted pitocin. When my baby entered the world, I was out of control, crying (screaming?) with someone pulling on my legs. As I held my tiny baby in my arms, I felt disoriented and emotionally upset. I felt cheated and resolved to go with a different midwife next time. So three years later when I found myself pregnant again, Kelsey was my first choice for a midwife. Unfortunately a few weeks later she informed me that she wouldn’t be able to deliver my baby after all, because she was also pregnant and our due dates were just a few days apart. I struggled to decide what to do, and in the end, due to limited options in our area for a home birth (and i wasn’t willing to give that up), I decided to go the same route as before and hope for a better outcome.
The night I went into labor, things progressed really fast, and I soon realized my midwives (45 min away) weren’t going to be there in time. I called Kelsey and she came right over (we were neighbors), nine months pregnant herself but smiling and competent. I remember the feeling of relief when she walked in, like I knew she would take care of me. I delivered Ezra James in the Jacuzzi, with my back to Kelsey(I was thinking of my comfort, not hers). As Ezra was born she was right there, leaning over me in my deep tub to unwrap the cord that was around his neck to allow him an unrestricted birth. A feat I couldn’t have done nine months pregnant! I picked up little Ezra and held him to my chest, his little eyes peeped out at me in the dim light as he tried to make sense of what was happening. I loved him immensely as I stroked his little body and held his tiny hands, savoring the moment.
Ezra’s birth, though painful, was a gentle and positive experience. I cherish the moments directly following his birth and I thank God for his birth experience, although his was my fourth birth. I had always struggled to bond instantly with my babies, and often felt confused and disoriented in the moments after birth. Ezra’s birth was different, and Kelsey’s gentle nurturing presence contributed positively to my experience. She was a great midwife and i would definitely use her again.”
~ Rebekah F.
“Kelsey delivered for my home birth and I can’t say enough great things about her! She was fantastic and amazingly supportive throughout the whole pregnancy and birth and I couldn’t have hoped for a better experience. Anyone on the fence should go talk to her. I wanted someone who was invested in the experience *I* wanted rather than any preformed idea about what birth should be. It was on my terms and that was incredibly healing after my first birth at the hospital. It was like having a sister there sharing our birth– someone with genuine love for our family. She’s ah-maz-ing.” ~Ashley
“As we were looking forward to welcoming our fifth child, I was looking for a midwife closer to home. Kelsey had recently moved into our area and her little family was part of our church. So having a midwife only 10 minutes away made a lot more sense to me than having a midwife from an hour away. Especially because our fourth little one came suddenly and didn’t wait around for the midwife!
As I got to know Kelsey I was impressed by her knowledge and caring attitude. She always had time to chat and genuinely cared about me and my baby.Our sweet little girl came just as quickly as her brother and I was so thankful my midwife was close by! I can testify to Kelsey’s quick wit and calm manner even when our baby made a sudden appearance with no time to get into a proper position for her birth!
I have always enjoyed having my children at home and have been blessed with several great midwives throughout my life. I would definitely recommend this route to anyone. What could be better than giving birth in the comfort of your own home surrounded by love and excitement not only between you and your mate but also from your caregiver? Thank you, Kelsey, for being a midwife who has added to our list of pleasant home birth experiences!”
“Kelsey, I can’t thank you enough for the amazing experience of being able to have my baby girl at home this week! It has truly been wonderful and a blessing for my family and I to have met you and Emily! Thank You!” ~Chelsea
“Words cannot express how incredible Kelsey is! I am so grateful that my home birth was attended to by this talented woman. God truly has blessed Kelsey with a gift, and such a gentle soul. Thank you, Kelsey! You have really made a lasting impression on me and my family.” ~Lauren