Rebecca Price-Wood, NHCM, LM, CPM
I have been a midwife at the births of over 300 mama-baby pairs. It seems unfathomable to me that this could be true, because this means I have known, cared for, learned from, and have been shaped by these six hundred... and hundreds more family members.
Here are some things I have learned about life and birth in my over ten years as a midwife and student midwife:
Women, seemingly always in service to others, have endless abilities when others are in service to them.
Babies are smart and I’ve been amazed ever since I was trained to listen.
Given all the information, women in my practice always make the best decisions for their families.
When the laboring partner is supported, a kind of trust is possible which creates a brand new, luscious family dynamic.
Birth is awesome, but rarely baffling. Prenatal care optimally managed by the client and midwife is the most control a person can have over their own birth.
I am one of the most fortunate people I know.
Postpartum care has comprised a large part of my continuing education. I have published works on the value of familial relationships as they inform postpartum psychological well-being, and I have also written works about the Maternal Mediation Hypothesis (how early maternal care and touch can have lifelong effects on the offspring’s nervous system.) Other research interests are prenatal epigenetics, effects of vitamin D deficiency in mothers and babies, and ketogenic diet during pregnancy.
I hold bachelor’s degrees in both Interpersonal Communications and Biology. I have two teenaged daughters, Elizabeth, whose birth awoke me to the crisis of gender inequality in obstetric care, and Lucy, whose home birth revealed to me the calling of midwifery. I also am the mother of two young sons, Ezra and Baxter, who were both also born at home into the hands of midwives. My husband is a professor of literature and French, and occasionally teaches childbirth classes with me. We all live in Chester, Vermont
Bethany Witten, NHCM, LM, CPM
Bethany is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), New Hampshire Certified Midwife (NHCM), and Vermont Licensed Midwife (LM) who was born and raised in southern Ontario, Canada and lives in a tiny house in Alstead, NH. She began her training by volunteering as a doula in Ontario and spending time as an intern at a busy birth center in El Paso TX. She then enrolled at Birthwise Midwifery School in Maine to complete her formal training and apprenticed to many rural home and birth center midwives there. She then finished her clinical rotations at the Birth Cottage of Milford, in New Hampshire. She earned her NH license in January of 2015 and has been serving birthing families in this state ever since.
Bethany’s primary goal as a midwife is to provide families with everything they need to make confident decisions and feel respected and cared for in their experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting a newborn.
When not in the office or at a birth, Bethany can be found knitting, brewing herbal salves and remedies, growing organic vegetables, hiking mountains, and caring for her small flock of ducks and her two young children.
Lacey Heasley, CPM, LM, NHCM
Lacey's passion and life’s work to serve families and her community. She joined the practice in October 2019. She grew up in the Midwest and moved to Atlanta in 2011 to start her apprenticeship. She
was trained by two incredibly competent and caring midwives with decades of experience. She attended over 200 homebirths with them before finishing and becoming certified in 2018.
She has been in birth work for over 13 years, serving families in variety of capacities. She started her journey as a doula, worked in a hospital setting on L&D as an OB Tech and Unit Coordinator, and has attended homebirths and birth center births as a student and a midwife.
Her philosophy as a midwife is based solely on informed-choice based care. Lacey strives to educate families on the physiological-psychological-emotional aspects of the pregnancy, birth, newborn, and postpartum periods and support them in their choices surrounding their own health and the health of their babies.
She is working to obtain her CNM/ ARNP in order to serve our clients with a broader scope of
practice. She will still be in clinic and attending births, just at a reduced capacity.
She has been married to her husband for 13 years and they have two children. They live in Keene, NH.
Tonia Bowman, CNM
Since 1995, Toni has been inspired to provide care and support for women throughout their childbearing years. She began her midwifery studies as an apprentice with direct-entry midwives both locally, and in Pennsylvania’s Amish and Mennonite communities. In 2001, after completing her nursing degree, she began working as a maternal child health nurse in the hospital and for various community agencies, providing prenatal and postpartum support for mothers and babies, as well as childbirth education. In 2008, following the birth of her third child she became involved with the Monadnock Birth Center, as both a childbirth educator and assistant to Mary Lawlor, CPM. Last March she completed her master’s degree in nursing from Frontier Nursing University as a certified nurse-midwife. Toni has worked with women from all walks of life, an experience she credits with providing her the opportunity to offer clients empathetic care that is respectful of their individual circumstances. She is excited to once again be working at the Monadnock Birth Center, providing both maternity and wellness care, as well as childbirth education for women seeking a holistic, realistic approach to their health.
Jess Kimball, Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Birth Assistant, NCS
Jess attended her first birth at 15 and certified as a doula at 16. After graduating high school at 16 she began traveling the world; training in France, Hawaii, and all over the East Coast. She always knew she would settle in Vermont.
She resides in Springfield with her three pups, bunny, chickens, and cat. She adores her little house in the woods and embraces the positive chaos that fills her life. She wouldn't have things any other way.
Jess is one of seven children and grew up hearing amazing birth stories, like a car birth and a home shower birth. From a young age she knew she belonged near mothers, babies, and birth. It just made sense.
She is incredibly passionate about providing a safe and easy transition from womb to world and a village style of support for all families.
She specializes in overnight postpartum support at her practice Sunflower Postpartum Care. At Sacred Transitions she can be found assisting at births, teaching newborn care and babywearing, leading centering in pregnancy, and writing the monthly newsletter. If you message us on Instagram you're probably chatting with Jess!
Jess is the producer of the documentary "The Vermont Birth Experience" and author of "My Pseudo College Experience". She is a talented birth and lifestyle photographer too. In her free time she competes and trains in Muay Thai and MMA. She enjoys time at home with all her pets, baking, creating pottery, and enjoying the beautiful nature the twin states have to offer.