Meet The Midwives

Rebecca Price-Wood, NHCM, LM, CPM

 

I have been a midwife at the births of over 300 mama-baby pairs. It seems unfathomable to me that this could be true, because this means I have known, cared for, learned from, and have been shaped by these six hundred... and hundreds more family members.

Here are some things I have learned about life and birth in my over ten years as a midwife and student midwife:

  • Women, seemingly always in service to others, have endless abilities when others are in service to them.
  • Babies are smart and I’ve been amazed ever since I was trained to listen.
  • Given all the information, women in my practice always make the best decisions for their families.
  • When the laboring partner is supported, a kind of trust is possible which creates a brand new, luscious family dynamic.
  • Birth is awesome, but rarely baffling. Prenatal care optimally managed by the client and midwife is the most control a person can have over their own birth.
  • I am one of the most fortunate people I know.

Postpartum care has comprised a large part of my continuing education. I have published works on the value of familial relationships as they inform postpartum psychological well-being, and I have also written works about the Maternal Mediation Hypothesis (how early maternal care and touch can have lifelong effects on the offspring’s nervous system.) Other research interests are prenatal epigenetics, effects of vitamin D deficiency in mothers and babies, and ketogenic diet during pregnancy.

 

I hold bachelor’s degrees in both Interpersonal Communications and Biology. I have two teenaged daughters, Elizabeth, whose birth awoke me to the crisis of gender inequality in obstetric care, and Lucy, whose home birth revealed to me the calling of midwifery. I also am the mother of two young sons, Ezra and Baxter, who were both also born at home into the hands of midwives. My husband is a professor of literature and French, and occasionally teaches childbirth classes with me. We all live in Chester, Vermont


Katie O'Day, NHCM, LM, CPM

 

I have been blessed to be involved with welcoming babies since the unmedicated hospital birth of my own firstborn daughter in 2001. The empowering experience of birthing her into the hands of my midwife opened my eyes to the amazing strength of women and instilled in me a lifelong awe that was contagious. Though I was raised by a pediatric nurse and general practice surgeon, I had never heard of midwifery until I was pregnant myself.


Realizing that birth work was my calling, I left my background in art and marketing and trained with my husband to become Bradley Method childbirth educators. This quickly led to becoming a lactation educator and birth doula, attending women in hospitals, homes and birth centers. However, it was the experience of giving birth to my son in my own bedroom 15 years ago, that catapulted me into the path of midwifery. After seven years of midwifery school, I graduated from the National Midwifery Institute in Vermont and passed my NARM exam to become a nationally certified midwife in 2008.


My national certification opened the door for me to become a licensed midwife. I began my career working at The Sanctuary Birth & Family Wellness Center in California (the one featured in "More Business of Being Born"). There, I had the delightful opportunity to work within a team of midwives (Racha Tahani Lawler, Aleksandra Evanguelidi and MollyJarchow) and one obstetrician, Dr. Stuart Fischbein. From The Sanctuary, I learned the importance of midwifery care provided within a healthy group setting. This allows midwives to provide client care while modeling the health and self-care they preach about. The family I found at The Sanctuary was amazing and supportive and it was one of the things I missed most when I moved to to my husband's home state of New Hampshire in 2013. I looked far and wide for another group to work with. Reluctantly, I founded Sacred Transitions Midwifery alone, embracing the duty of rural community midwife. After taking that little leap, I was blessed to finally find Rebecca Price-Wood, a sister midwife to partner with me.

 

I have attended over 650 deliveries and have been involved in over a thousand births. I have been honored to support women of all walks of life and have supported a wide variety of choices and identities. I have sought additional education in cultural competency, vaginal birth after cesarean, phytotherapy, supporting abuse survivors who birth, and various Sacred Living Movement modalities.

 

More recently, I've become passionate about the need to balance the prenatal and postpartum care that midwives provide. As a result, our practice incorporates the practice of Mother Roasting into every client's care. As a result, we've seen a drastic drop in postpartum depression rates and an increase in breastfeeding and bonding within the family. 


In my spare time I enjoy hiking, foraging, studying phytotherapy, writing and painting. But most of all, I love spending time with my husband and two teenagers in Fitzwilliam, NH.


What Others Have Said

"It was such an absolute gift getting to be under your care for the birth of Bracen. Transitioning into your quality support from a more traditional setting was such a blessing. Every part of your support is so AMAZING! Getting to have a home birth with you and your team allowed me to open and be more confident in ways I previously had not known. Your postpartum support was a really IMPORTANT part and was something we always looked forward to. Thank you for bringing your support, sharing your knowledge and self with us. We will forever be thankful to you and hope we have the opportunity to work with you again."

                                                                                                            -Sylvie, Archie and Bracen

 

"I wish I had the gift of words so that I could effectively communicate the depth of my gratitude for my home birth. the birth of Ava was an amazing experience. It was everything I ever wanted & I feel so proud that I fought the fight & finished the race in the Spirit. There were so many moments I will cherish - God was here & used you so mightily. God blessed me so much!"

-Janiene

"What you did for our family will never be forgotten - my home birth was truly the most incredible experience of my life so far. When we met you, I felt confident right away that all of this was meant o be because not only were you instantly likeable but your knowledge, wisdom and confidence was contagious and a true inspiration. I just think are totally RAD! Can you tell?!!"

-Katie

 

"On our big day, you were there to support us through all of the peaks and valleys that came along with 39 hours of labor. You have an intrinsic quality of calmness, dedication and a way of explaining that helped put us at ease through all of the hecticness. Once we finally brought little Michael home from the hospital, you were still there for us, answering our first time mommy and daddy questions, always being patient and reassuring. We are so thankful that you were with us on our journey."

-Tammy, Ben and baby Michael

 

"I can't thank you enough for all the support you offered us that day when we needed it. You never left our side, and you were worth your weight in gold!"

-Teresa, Frank and baby Frank Jr.

 

"I just really want to thank you so much for all you did for me and my baby boy. thank you for totally going out of your way to be there for me. Thanks for answering my questions time, after time, after time, after time. You gave me your 100% and I will never ever forget what you did for me and my baby. Katie, there will never be a way for me to repay you or thank you enough, but from the bottom of my heart, with all my heart, thank you so much."

-Rosie, 1st Lt. Jeremiah (who was stationed in Iraq at the time of his son's birth) and baby Seth

 

 

"Thanks so much for being a part of Shreeya's birth! You really and truly added to an environment that I felt was safe and you gave me strength to go along with the power I felt."

-Justine and baby Shreeya

 

"I've been waiting until I saw you again to let you know how much I truly appreciate your help when I was delivering Francesca. Your coaching really did help me to push her out! Even now my mind thinks back to her birth, and I remember everything, and I am so proud of how I brought her into the world. It fills me with wonder and happiness that you were a part of that. Thank you for taking such good care of me."

-Jamie and baby Francesca

 

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