Heather Hilton-Melancon -LM, CPM, Doula

0215 I have known for many years that pregnancy and birth were something that I wanted to be a part of. As a young girl I dreamed of becoming a labor and delivery nurse. As I went on to have my own children I realized that what I wanted was something much more.

It was in 2002 that I learned about home birth. One of my girl friends was planning a natural birth with a Midwife at home. I have always had an innate trust of nature and the human body, and this just seemed so right. Home birth makes sense!

The more I learned about natural childbirth the more passionate I became.

Newly pregnant with my second child, I decided that it was time to start following my heart. I hired a Midwife and planned my home birth. I also went on to become a Birth Doula and began supporting women and their families through out their labor and births. I had finally found my passion, and had a new goal in life; to become a Midwife!

In 2009 I enrolled in the Midwifery College of Utah and started my formal Midwifery apprenticeship. I have been attending and assisting births ever since. My training has allowed me to work with many different midwives, in many different settings. In the spring of 2012 I had the honor of traveling to Haiti to volunteer at a high volume Birth Center. In 2013 I became a NARM certified Midwife and California Licensed Midwife. I have been working at PachaMama Midwifery serving the HomeBirth community of Napa and surrounding areas since 2011.

In addition to being a Licensed Home Birth Midwife, Birth Doula, and Childbirth Educator, I also offer breastfeeding assistance and placenta encapsulation services.

 

Brandi Lauher – LM.CPM.EMT

My path to Midwifery started in Taos, at the Northern New Mexico Women’s Birth center. I attended my first birth there in 1998. My eyes were opened to the amazing power the birthing mother has. From that birth on I have been serving pregnant moms and their families through this most important and sacred time of their lives.

For 5 years I supported families through labor and birth as a doula. Learning the mysteries of the women’s body and eventual beginning my formal training to become a Licensed Midwife in California.

After the birth of my second daughter, in 2003, I enrolled at The National Midwifery Institute. I also started my apprenticeship attending HomeBirths in Napa and the surrounding areas, while fulfilling my academic requirements through NMI.

Being a Midwife has taught me so many lessons. It has taught me how incredibly strong women are and how truly amazing our bodies are. It has taught me patience beyond words. Midwifery has strengthened my two daughters and has shown them to trust in their bodies already.

I have been incredibly fortunate in my career as a Midwife. Midwifery has given me medical skills and training that I have been able to take with me to countries like Mexico, Vanuatu, and Uganda to provide midwifery aid to women and babies who are desperate for good quality care. Sharing & receiving knowledge and wisdom with traditional birth attendants has expanded my experience in the birth world far beyond what any class room or book could have taught me.I trust in our bodies ability to birth our babies safely. I believe in choice, and that we as women should be given the right to choose where and with whom we will give birth. I always feel blessed and honored to be able to witness a new life emerge into this world, and support a new family through this sacred transition.

In addition to licensure, Brandi is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) a nationally recognized certification uniting midwives throughout the country, as well as an active member of the California Association of Midwives (CAM) and the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA).

It is my wish that every woman be given the opportunity to have the birth they desire and that no matter how or where the birth takes place, it be nurtured and protected. This is what I hope to bring to each family I serve.