Sarah’s journey to midwifery
My name is Sarah and I am a mother, doula and a midwife that serves women here in the Twin Cities. I began my journey as a birth worker shortly after the birth of my first daughter in 2000. I wasn’t happy with the birth that I had at a local hospital and found out about doula’s the day after my daughter was born. I never went back to work, and instead chose to train with DONA and become a birth doula.
I started attending births and was happy to serve other families during their birth and postpartum period. I found out that I was pregnant again when my daughter was five months old, and quickly realized that the birth that I wanted wasn’t going to be found in a hospital. I switched to a homebirth and never looked back! My daughter was born peacefully at home with a midwife and doula and my family.
I maintained an amazing friendship with my midwife that eventually led to an apprenticeship after the birth of my third daughter. I believe that midwifery care should be holistic and mother led and I love that by apprenticing with a traditional midwife, I was able to learn all about continuity of care.
I took some time off to give birth to my twins (also born at home) and went back after they were well established nursers! I finished my six year apprenticeship by sitting for my NARM test and getting my CPM. I call myself a traditional midwife because I believe that midwifery isn’t medical, and that birth is not a medical event. I am there to serve women and help them to find the right sources of information that fits their needs. Every family in individual, and should be seen as such.
I nursed all five of my children, ranging from a short four months with my first, to four years with some. I think that breastfeeding is an amazing thing and I am happy to watch and help that relationship grow with each mother and her baby.
Erin’s Journey to Midwifery
I’ve always been interested in natural healing, but it was the experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting my own child that motivated me to dive deeply into the world of natural health.
I became a doula in 2001, 2 years after the satisfying homebirth of my daughter. I had never experienced healthcare like homebirth midwifery before, friendly and caring, authentic, personalized, honest and collaborative. I strive to bring those same qualities to my own work with families.
In 2003 I gave birth to my son, also at home and even more empowering as I brought to that birth the confidence of having given birth before. After a hiatus to focus on my own young family, I returned to birth, reentering private practice as a doula and as an apprentice and student of midwifery. My midwifery education took place exclusively in this community, under the guidance of several midwives. My training and experience is deeply rooted in the long tradition of midwifery knowledge and skills being passed down woman to woman and the abiding commitment to continuity of care.
I hold the Certified Professional Midwife credential (CPM), the nationally recognized credential for out of hospital midwives, granted by the North American Registry of Midwives.
I’ve attended many births in hospitals and homes around the metro areas. I’ve been with VBAC moms, single moms, moms pregnant with twins, first time moms and moms of many. I’ve been to swift and straightforward births, long and challenging births and everything in between. It is always an honor to be with families in childbirth. I’ve met so many wonderful people in this work and enjoy watching them powerfully birth their babies and grow in confidence as mothers.
I had great experiences breastfeeding both of my children. I believe that breastfeeding offers mothers and babies so many benefits. It saddens me to see so many women struggle through breastfeeding and often giving it up before they had planned to. Breastfeeding doesn’t have to be an ordeal, with gentle birth, sound information and common sense support breastfeeding can work for almost everyone. All of my clients receive breastfeeding support and guidance when needed. I was trained and accredited as a La Leche League leader in 2005 and volunteered with that organization for several years.
My Natural Healthcare Work
I began my study of natural healing and herbal medicine over 14 years ago. I studied with Sage Mountain and the East West School of Herbology and I’ve studied with Minnesota’s most prominent herbalists and received my clinical training through a traditional apprenticeship.
As an professional herbalist I have been offering consultations, herbal education, and plant-based medicine to the Twin Cities community for over eight years. I am available for private consultation and provides my clients with handmade wildcrafted herbal products gathered from the fields and forest of the upper Midwest or grown in my St. Paul organic garden. I am committed to safe, collaborative, respectful natural health care that treats the whole person.
I teach extensively. I enjoy introducing beginners to the world of plant id and medicine making and enjoy digging into the big questions of herbal medicine and helping advanced students take their herbal work to the next level. I am the co-organizer of the community event the Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival, which takes place annually in Cannon Falls, MN.
I blog about plants and other herbal topics at www.minnesotaherbalist.wordpress.com
Blue Vervain Botanicals
I offer a line of handmade, small batch artisanal products under the name Blue Vervain Botanicals. As an herbalist, I began by providing my clients and the public with handmade, wildcrafted tinctures and salves. Blue Vervain Botanicals is an outgrowth from that original work. I create and sell cold-process soap, first aid items, herbal syrups and natural botanical cosmetics and bath and body products. My products feature local honey, natural beeswax, dried herbs and spices, natural clays, luxurious oils like organic cocoa butter and expeller pressed rosehip seed oil. I create evocative fragrances with 100% pure essential oils. I love this work–it allows me to let my inner girly girl shine and gives me an opportunity to be creative. It’s satisfying to make things that are both useful and delightful and promote health and safety for my customers and minimize harm to the environment and other creatures.
You can find some of my product at https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueVervain. Like Blue Vervain Botanical on facebook or call me to see what’s available and stop by to shop my kitchen table.
I look forward to the opportunity to work with you. Give me a call or drop me an email! I welcome inquires about my herbal consultations for you, your baby or children, products, herbal classes, interviews for doula or midwifery services or simple questions I can answer over the phone.