Meet our Newest Birth Assistant – Allison Williams

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in Our Family | Comments Off on Meet our Newest Birth Assistant – Allison Williams

 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 by on Mar 8, 2019 in Our Family | Comments Off on Meet our Newest Birth Assistant – Rachel Tybor

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 by on Mar 7, 2019 in Events, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Sacred Pregnancy Day: April

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 by on Jan 10, 2019 in Business of Midwifery, Mothering as Spiritual Path, Spiritual Midwifery | 0 comments

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...

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Sacred Pregnancy Day

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Events, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

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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Precious baby Maggie

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in New Babies | Comments Off on Precious baby Maggie

Precious baby Maggie

This sweet baby girl almost came before the midwives could arrive!  She was born less than one hour after daddy’s call to alert me mama was in labor…less than one hour after that call!!  She was very eager to enter the world!  Born in her bathtub at home too!  Welcome to the planet beautiful girl ❤️   

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Welcome to the planet Naomi ❤️

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in New Babies | Comments Off on Welcome to the planet Naomi ❤️

Welcome to the planet Naomi ❤️

Sweet baby Naomi made her entrance in mama’s own garden tub.  Such a beautiful, undisturbed, and peaceful birth.  Her mama was so proud of her achievement and just radiated sheer beauty minutes after she was born <3         ...

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Introducing baby Hugo ❤️

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in New Babies | Comments Off on Introducing baby Hugo ❤️

Introducing baby Hugo ❤️

This precious chunker of a baby was born right in his bedroom at home in the water.  Mama’s third baby and first home birth!  His big sisters couldn’t be more elated at his arrival!  Welcome earth-side sweet little angel <3 ...

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Managing Motherhood in a New World ~ Guest Post

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Mothering as Spiritual Path | Comments Off on Managing Motherhood in a New World ~ Guest Post

Managing Motherhood in a New World ~ Guest Post

In 2006 as I was awaiting the birth of my first child and eager to continue my self-exploration and self-awakening, I was introduced to a set of tools and exercises that would change my life forever.  I was introduced to the Avatar Course by some dear friends who had recently attended.  I attended the course even though I was due to give birth within a couple of weeks!  Thankfully I finished the course without going into labor! What I gained from this experience has helped me immensely not just when it came time to birth my daughter but throughout motherhood.  It is why I refer to this journey of mothering as a spiritual path.  With these tools I have learned how to better control my mind, direct my attention, and deliberatly create my life.  I have learned appreciation for all experiences and compassion for all beings and their experiences.  These things have been invaluable to my motherhood path and life journey.  Without them I would fall victim to circumstance and old life patterns.  With them I am empowered and in charge of my life.  It is from this space that I wish to raise my children. Recently my friend Karen Noelle, with whom I am honored to help teach the Avatar Course to hundreds of people ready to make a change, had a beautiful and awakening experience connecting to a group of mamas.  She shares her experience in the following post which I am happy to share here! ~Michelle   I was invited to speak at the Tree of Life Birthing Center in Orlando last week. It was “National Latch On Day!” This meant that at 10:30am EST, mothers across the nation were breast feeding their children simultaneously. My original plan was to talk about personal development, how beliefs effect your reality and then lead them into a guided compassion exercise. Well that plan went right out the window! There were moms everywhere tending to crying or hunger or their preschool siblings who were busy exploring the facility. I did however have the opportunity to engage with them and ask them about their challenges and concerns as mothers. When one answered, the rest agreed. I was surprised and intrigued by their answers. One of the greatest concerns across the board was comparing their children. Wow, that was certainly unexpected and I was really interested in that. They were comparing how they were learning, their size, how they were breast feeding, if they were using the right methods or medicines, and the list went on. Not only do we compare ourselves as adults, but there was a comparison game happening with the children. It made me wonder if that’s where it really begins? What if we were all confident in our decisions, trusted our own path and intuition and were happy and content with our individual journeys? Would the comparison game end? I would imagine. This also told me why learning to control and quiet your own mind as a mother can be invaluable. There is a need for our sabatoging thoughts to be put to rest and to be at peace with ourselves, our children and the lives we are creating. They also expressed concern with losing their identity as a woman and not being able to create balance...

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Welcome baby Jaz Evelyn Marva Jem ❤️

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in New Babies | Comments Off on Welcome baby Jaz Evelyn Marva Jem ❤️

Welcome baby Jaz Evelyn Marva Jem ❤️

This beautiful brand new family was born in the wee hours of the morning! A most sacred and peaceful water birth for this baby girl.  Welcome to the planet baby Jaz Evelyn Marva Jem, prepare to walk the planet with an epic name and two beautifully tender parents ❤️   

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