Meet The Midwives
Christy Martin CPM, LM
Gentle, safe, joyful and miraculous; these are my desires for how you experience your birth! As your midwife I will work with you in providing prenatal care for your pursuit of a healthy pregnancy so that you can prepare for the birth that you desire. My love for working with families during this special time came about as I was completing my training as a nurse and attending both in hospital and out-of-hospital births. The dramatic difference I was seeing firsthand as I worked with a certified nurse-midwife helping families welcome their babies at home was amazing. These experiences provided me with a strong foundation for understanding pregnancy and birth as normal, healthy processes, with midwifery care being an excellent and safe option for women and their families.
After obtaining my nursing degree I worked as a Registered Nurse for four and a half years, with time spent in Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, and Newborn Nursery. I experienced a variety of situations during this time that allowed me to continue developing my passion, skills, and heart for serving women during pregnancy, birth, and afterwards. My heart felt called to do something more, and in 2004 I began my training in midwifery through a program that allowed me to serve in developing countries. For the next two years I worked towards my Certified Professional Midwife certification, providing free maternity services to impoverished women and their families in Manila, Philippines and Tanzania, East Africa. These experiences were invaluable and life changing for me as a person and as a midwife! In 2006 I became Certified Professional Midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and began serving families in both birth center and home birth environments.
Your pregnancy is a significant time in your life and I’m honored each time a family chooses to include me as a part of their journey. I’m so excited that you are considering choosing a midwife to care for you during this time, and can’t wait for you to experience the unique and wonderful difference that the midwifery model of care offers!
Jamie Hinton CD(DONA) - Student Midwife
Life oftentimes leads you in unexpected, but wonderful, directions! As a pregnant first time mom who taught 7th grade mathematics, I didn’t see myself giving birth any way other than by going the route of the standard American model of childbirth. I found an OBGYN, planned to birth in the hospital, and worried a little bit about how I would be able to manage the feat of birthing my baby. My husband was worried about how he would react to being in a hospital environment and was afraid of the thought of me having an epidural. He encouraged me to read about midwifery care and expressed his desire for us to use a midwife for the remainder of my care, and after some research, I agreed. What an unexpected and life changing decision!
In November 2007 I gave birth to my first child, a daughter, in a freestanding birth center. I was so excited to have experienced a labor and birth that had exceeded my expectations of what childbirth was that I wanted to empower other families to explore their options and learn about childbirth. My career in and passion for teaching led naturally to becoming a childbirth educator, and in 2008 I trained and began teaching childbirth classes to expectant couples birthing in hospitals, birth centers, and at home. Teaching classes was the gateway that led to me realizing I still had much to learn about birth so that I could be as helpful as possible in educating parents. It was then that I decided to become certified as a doula, and in August 2008 I attended my first birth. My journey as a doula led to me attending around 200 births before deciding to pursue midwifery in early 2013. I value the experiences I have had in each aspect of caring for families, in each role I serve, whether it be through providing education, doula support, or midwifery care.
I joined Celebrate Birth to begin my apprenticeship in April 2013 and attended 137 births as a student midwife before becoming licensed in May 2016. My goal for families to is to provide safe and loving care, information for you to be able to make truly informed decisions for yourself and your family, and an experience that you are satisfied with!