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 adult 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. I am lucky to work with my husband, Dafydd here at Sacred Transitions. We all live in Chester, Vermont"
Heather Hilton CPM, LM
Heather is a licensed midwife in Texas and Vermont working towards certifying in New Hampshire. She owned and worked in a birth center just north of Austin, which is where she connected with Becca many years ago. When she relocated to New Hampshire she took a pause to certify here and Sacred Transitions excitedly welcomed her to the team.
"I believe that when a woman is given space to labor and birth in her own time, in her own surroundings, and supported by those around her, birth can proceed in a safer and more efficient way."
Heather is very busy in her time away from work, lovingly raising her children, piglets, and chickens. She has fully embraced New England life with her gardening, sour dough baking, and cozying up by the fire for some knitting.
Allyson is our current student midwife and future CPM. She is nearly done with her training and will be remaining part of the Sacred Transitions team. Allyson attended MCU and was a LNA for 12 years, working with children with disabilities. Allyson has given birth in a hospital, a birth center, and very soon will be welcoming her baby at home. She resides in Langdon, NH with her husband and children.
"I am becoming a midwife because I strongly believe that how a baby is born is important to creating a healthy and happy family."
Tonia Bowman, APRN, CNM, PMHNP-BC
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. In March of 2017 she completed her master’s degree in nursing from Frontier Nursing University as a certified nurse-midwife and returned to the Monadnock Birth Center to provide women’s health and maternity care.
Shortly after completing her midwifery program, she recognized that the need for mental health providers was great and so she returned to school to complete additional training as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. As a dually certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse she recognizes the symbiotic relationship between women’s mental and physical health, and how even subtle breakdowns in either system can compromise well-being. As a provider who embraces a holistic approach to healing, Toni is able to assess, diagnose and treat women in all stages of life from the childbearing years through menopause with a variety of mental health concerns. Her multifaceted approach includes nutrition, lifestyle and behavioral change, psychotherapy and psychopharmacological management when appropriate.
Amber has worked as a doula, herbalist, and placenta encapsulator in New Hampshire for twelve years. In that time she has felt strongly called to explore as many paths and methods of supporting her clients as possible. This has lead her to extend her offerings into Reiki, Shiatsu, herbal support, classes, Red Tents, and intuitive offerings.She will be bringing this experience to Sacred Transitions and the Monadnock Birth Center to join us in providing an even deeper level of care and support to our clients and the community.
Amber had an attempted home birth with her daughter, which showed her the importance of continual and empathetic prenatal, birthing, and postpartum support. She delivered her son in a birth center, and three years later birthed a sweet surrogate baby for another family in the very same room.
"I believe that every birth is an invaluable opportunity to find healing and empowerment as you encounter the magnitude of your own strength, while trusting in your body and inner wisdom. As a doula and educator I strive to always provide unbiased and up-to-date information, while also focusing on truly understanding my clients and their wishes, concerns, and priorities. A doula's role is not to empower those she serves, because that power can only come from within, but rather to give them the tools and support they need to find their own innate fortitude."