Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Honoring Sarasota's Practicing Midwives

Today we celebrate International Day of the Midwife. In recognition, I am honored to introduce the midwives in our community currently practicing in our birth centers, and in your homes.

Christina Holmes, LM, CPM
Christina Holmes is a Licensed Midwife, attending homebirths in Sarasota since 2002, and since 2007 at her own Birthways Family Birth Center. Christina is also a doula, childbirth educator, massage therapist, and mother of three, the youngest of which was born at home with midwife Cathy Matthews, LM. For more information, please visit www.birthwaysfamily.com.

Harmony Miller, LM, CPM
Harmony Miller is a Licensed Midwife, serving Sarasota's families at Rosemary Birthing Home and in their homes since 2006. Harmony has attended midwifery conferences worldwide and continues to learn from the practices of other cultures. In January she gave birth to Rio at home, with midwife Anne Hirsch, LM. Miller plans to volunteer with the new Birthing Project at the Genesis Health Clinic in the Newtown community. For more information, please visit www.roseemarybirthing.com.

Cathy Matthews, LM
Cathy Matthews is a Licensed Midwife, serving our community for over twenty years. In 2006, she began the Alternative Medicine Program at Everglades University. Cathy is the mother of 5 children, 4 born at home, and 1 grandchild, born at home. For more information please visit www.cathymatthewshomebirth.com.

Alina Vogelhut, LM
Alina Vogelhut is a Licensed Midwife who joined the Rosemary Birthing Home midwifery practice in November 2008. Alina graduated from the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in Gainesville, and interned for three years at the Birth Cottage in Tallahassee, where she attended nearly 200 births. For more information, please visit www.rosemarybirthing.com.

Sabrina Zehr, CNM, ARNP
Sabrina Zehr is a Certified Nurse-Midwife at Birthways Family Birth Center. Sabrina just returned from spending two months in Davao, Philippines, volunteering at Mercy Maternity Center where she provided prenatal care and delivered babies for the underserved Filipino women. Zehr also plans to volunteer at the Genesis Health Clinic. For more information, please visit www.birthwaysfamily.com.