Meet our Newest Birth Assistant – Allison Williams

Posted on Mar 8, 2019

 A L L I S O N   W I L L I A M S ,  C D ( D O N A ) Hi beautiful mamas! My name is Allison and to say I am a birth junkie is an understatement.  I love birth, babies and mamas.  My family and I moved from Canada (eh… lol) to follow my husband’s career.  I was working in Canadian as a pediatric nurse and truly loved my job.  Prior to Pediatrics I worked in maternity and emergency.  After the birth of our daughter and our move to the US I knew I needed to follow my heart.  After the birth of our son I took the plunge and became a Birth doula.  I felt at home and at ease back to working with mom and babies. As a birth assistant I bring my vast experiences as a nurse with me as well as my critical thinking and love of birth.  Being present and connected with mamas if what makes me strive to be good at my job. My other hobbies include chasing after two small little tykes, photographing anyone and everyone (I do love birth and newborn photography), learning more about birth videography, traveling and spending quality time with my family and friends.  I loved the mountains back home, but I love the beaches here! Xo...

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Meet our Newest Birth Assistant – Rachel Tybor

Posted on Mar 8, 2019

R A C H E L   T Y B O R I’m thrilled and honored to be joining the Sacred Birth Midwifery team as I re-enter the birth world since moving to Central FL in 2018. I was called to midwifery both by it’s inherent holism as well as the alarming reality that the conventional US maternity system is failing to provide the best care, as evidenced by rising maternal mortality rates. Before becoming a midwife, I earned my Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Illinois in Psychology, with a minor in Anthropology, including Pre-Medicine and Herbology courses. Before midwifery school, I also worked as an environmental organizer, natural builder, native plants propagator, doula (trained and certified by DONA International), and placenta encapsulator for hundreds of new parents. I’m humbled and full of gratitude for every birth I’ve been invited to attend since 2010, and for the mentors, including CNMs, CPMs, and Traditional Midwives alike, who have entrusted me with their wisdom. My Direct Entry Midwifery Degree is from the only publicly funded school in the country accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC). I became a Certified Professional Midwife in 2013, and practiced midwifery in my previous state of Wisconsin (where I am still licensed) at my own home birth practice, Open Arms Midwifery. In addition to providing prenatal, labor, birth, and postpartum care, I also offered in-home fertility support, including helping folks using donor sperm. Since becoming a midwife, I’ve experienced the ecstatic joy and intensity of birthing my own two radiant babies at home in 2014 and 2017. Their pregnancies and births were both utterly unique and served to enhance my first hand empathy with the laboring people that I serve. The care I received by choosing to birth at home in the empowering embrace of skilled midwifery expertise was very different than if I had chosen a non-individualized path dictated by hospital protocol. My first was born almost 4 weeks early and my second was almost 10 and a half pounds! Both were beautiful, healthy, normal labors without any fear and full of bliss, and with no separation of mom and baby. Since becoming a mother to two, my partner Luke and I decided to move closer to my own parents in Florida, in search of a sustainable balance between being on-call as a midwife while also being a present mother for my own family. We love being outside, cooking, reading, and crafting. When I’m not attending births, you can find me playing with my kids at Free Forest School of Central Florida, where I am a founding co-director and weekly facilitator. Thank you for the honor of witnessing your...

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Sacred Pregnancy Day: April

Posted on Mar 7, 2019

https://www.facebook.com/events/260653468205434/ Sacred Pregnancy Day is a time to connect, nourish, and honor your pregnancy in sisterhood! We will create a space to connect with our bodies, our babies, and each other through meditation, movement, dancing, and feasting. In addition, we will work on a project together that will be insightful and nourishing to your pregnancy and birth journey. This will be a time to celebrate your changing body and a time for creating sisterhood on our mama journey. Motherhood was not meant to be journeyed alone and in isolation. Instead it was meant to be walked in community and with the support of our village. We hope you will join us in creating that “village”…your Sacred Birth village! Here’s what some beautiful mamas had to say about our last Sacred Pregnancy Day: ~”Sacred Pregnancy day was exactly what I never knew I needed. I was accepted into a beautiful space of women, where I felt heard, welcome, and safe. Women came from different walks of life and were able to relate, dance, and laugh together during a pivotal point in their lives.” ~Alyzza, first-time mama ~”Sacred Pregnancy Day was such an incredible event. I have been in need of a safe space where I can connect with others and I had not been able to find that until this day. We ended up bonding and sharing our stories and we all stayed later than expected, but that wasn’t a problem because we were all having such a wonderful time!” ~Alana, second-time mama Time: 1-6pmLocation: Spaulding Family Chiropractic in Downtown SanfordCost: $48 (Early Bird $38 by March 30, PayPal.Me/michelleisla) Note:All supplies and nourishment included. You will be free to move, eat, hydrate, and use the restroom as needed throughout the duration of our time together. Please bring a yoga mat, floor pillow, water bottle, and anything else that will make you feel...

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Two Years Later

Posted on Jan 10, 2019

Lake Eola Farmer’s Market on Sundays Wow…having a baby can certainly put a hold on a lot of things! In the last two years rather than slowing down, I have been a very, VERY busy midwife. I thought I would have the opportunity to savor my children more by joining a large, multi-midwife birth center practice and putting my small, private practice on hold. At the time, with a new, barely one year old baby I was struggling with the demands of owning a business and practicing as a midwife within that business. What I learned during these last two years both from a clinical standpoint and as a business owner was invaluable. I’m grateful for the experience in more ways than I can say. One of the things I realized in the process was how I had put my own vision on the back burner out of just plain fear. I am a huge advocate for people living life more fully, being happy, following their bliss, and creating what it is we want in life NOW. Yet, there I was, not living out what I truly believed in my heart. I was serving families…many, many families, yet I felt stretched thin with hardly anything left for myself or my children. Something had to change. Something had to give. I knew I would not let that ‘something’ be mine or my children’s emotional well-being. We are much too precious and our relationship much too important for me to let that happen. It was time to return to my vision and to my beautiful, cozy, and intimate ‘Sacred Birth’ practice. It was time to re-calibrate and re-align with my beliefs. It was time to build the sisterhood I really craved in midwifery and to build community around that sisterhood. I had some additional clarity in the process. I remembered that I am also a true advocate of bringing birth back home (for low-risk, healthy women). HOME is where I truly feel babies should be born. Not only to protect their precious micro biome but because I feel it is the natural order of things. After all, home is where the love that made this baby likely grew. Home is where this baby was likely conceived. Home is where it’s mama likely feels most comfortable, thereby ‘feeding’ her baby all those wonderful, feel-good hormones. Home is likely where it’s mama feels safest to ‘let go’, a process she must do in order to give birth. I know home birth is not for everyone and I appreciate the institutions that are in place for those families that don’t align with the idea. Birthing centers are a beautiful option for some families and serve as a cultural ‘in-between’ comfort zone between home and hospital. I feel they are needed in all communities. In re-aligning with my beliefs I realized I need to place my energy and attention on the change I actually wish to see. I need to ‘do’ midwifery in a way that feeds my soul and that will only be possible by balancing it with my needs as a mother and as a woman. It will be possible by slowing down and savoring my children, prioritizing my self-care, savoring those relationships I create with my clients, savoring my wonderful friendships, returning to my deep-seated desire to help the planet evolve, and doing the things that feed my spirit on the daily! I have a renewed determination and love for these hashtags (Luna would make fun of me for saying that!) #slowliving #slowpregnancy #simplicityparenting #intentionalliving #slowpostpartum #simpleliving #sacredbirth and above all… #matriarchalways I am determined to be a model for a new way of doing business, a new way of supporting women and it will be while also supporting and loving myself as a woman and as a mother….#matriarchalways (told you it was my...

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Sacred Pregnancy Day

Posted on Jan 10, 2019

https://www.facebook.com/events/2422806371124003/ Sacred Pregnancy Day is a time to connect, nourish, and honor your pregnancy in sisterhood! We will create a space to connect with our bodies, our babies, and each other through meditation, movement, dancing, and feasting. In addition, we will work on a project together that will be insightful and nourishing to your pregnancy and birth journey. This will be a time to celebrate your changing body and a time for creating sisterhood on our mama journey. Motherhood was not meant to be journeyed alone and in isolation. Instead it was meant to be walked in community and with the support of our village. We hope you will join us in creating that “village”…your Sacred Birth village! Time: 1-5pmCost: $45 (Early Bird $35 by Jan 19, PayPal.Me/michelleisla)Note- All supplies and nourishment included. You will be free to move, eat, hydrate, and use the restroom as needed throughout the duration of our time together. Please bring a yoga mat, floor pillow, water bottle, and anything else that will make you feel...

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