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Jan Tritten

Jan TrittenI am Jan Tritten, homebirth midwife, mother, founder and mother of Midwifery Today. I have been called to the work I do for mother/baby by God. It is through a horrendous hospital birth compared to stunningly beautiful homebirths that I was called to this mission. Every cell in my body cries out to help mothers and babies have their BEST birth possible. I will do this until there is no life left in me.

Pregnancy, birth and the first year after birth are absolutely critical to healthy families and a healthy society. Midwifery Today's mission: "Through networking and education, Midwifery Today's mission is to return midwifery care to its rightful position in the family, to make midwifery care the norm throughout the world and it redefine midwifery as a vital partnership with women."

I love to garden~flowers, vegetables and fruit. Growing ones own food and preparing it is a joy to me. I go to a mostly Mexican Spanish speaking church. I love the Lord and I love people. I am specially called to work with the children in church. They are our future whether in utero or growing up in this often tough world. I want to try to make the world a little better for them.

 

Carol Gautschi, CPM LM

Carol GautschiCarol has attended homebirths since 1978 and has worked as a Traditional Holistic Midwife on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula since 1979. For her first 25 years Carol served as an unlicensed midwife. Her teaching style is unique because not only does she teach the nuts and bolts of her subject, but also emphasizes the unseen (or intuitive) realm of birth. She fosters the importance of the midwife relationship, not just with the mom, but with the baby. Carol believes that the unseen world is more real than the seen, especially with regard to birth.

Carol trained in California with, among others, Dr. Nial Ettenhausen in the 1970s and early 1980s. She is co-founder of the Washington Alliance of Responsible Midwifery (WARM), and chairs Olympic Peninsula Birth Matters.

 

Elena Piantino

Elena PiantinoI am a Doula, Childbirth Educator, Hypnobirthing practitioner, activist, and Student Midwife.

I have a degree in communication sciences.

I am a mother of 3 and it was the birth of my children that inspired me to do this work.

I had a Caesarean section followed by a birth center VBAC and finally a home water birth. All were amazing in their own way.

I consider childbirth to be a crucial moment in the life of the person being born and in the womanhood of the mother.

It is a human right and our responsibility to make sure that mothers and babes don't miss out on the power that stems from physiological birth.

I believe that there are many ways to achieve this - midwives, freedom to homebirth, and respect for families are key.

 

Sharon K. Evans, CPM

Sharon EvansI am a direct entry midwife (CPM) and a midwifery educator. I apprenticed with a Native Alaskan midwife, Shirley Davis, a Registered Nurse and self-taught direct-entry midwife who came from two generations of Athabascan and Tklinget midwives. I received the best of both worlds, the nursing-type (medical) training as well as the traditional midwifery training (that included herbology and homeopathy), all that I hold dear to my heart.

My passion has been and always will be the nurturing and educating of tomorrow’s midwives, the apprentice midwives. My years on the NARM Board as Director of Applications, watching the struggling student midwives and the challenges they faced with finding good and dedicated teaching midwives (preceptors), reinforced my dedication to the future of midwifery. Our children and grandchildren for generations to come need midwives!

Today, I am retired from licensed midwifery practice, but I retain my CPM certification and am not retired from attending and presiding over births in other countries. I am devoted to my goals of teaching tomorrow’s midwives by offering an online midwifery academic course called Via Vita Midwifery Foundation. With GMC, those goals are worldwide and include all of humanity.

My husband and I were married in 1970. We reside in Alaska and have seven grown children and twenty grandchildren. We live in an old homestead log cabin twenty miles from the closest town, with our three Miniature Pincher dogs. Besides family and midwifery, I love reading, quilting, knitting, spinning, weaving, stained glass and fused glass work, bead making and gardening.

I believe GMC is about to make a difference, and together we can create a better world with a kinder, more gentle beginning for mother/baby every day and in every part of the planet. Our children and grandchildren worldwide deserve that, don’t you think?

 

Gail Hart

Gail HartGail Hart is a semi-retired midwife in Oregon. She says 'semi-retired"
because she now lives in a rural district where the elk outnumber the
humans. This gives her more time for writing, teaching and gardening. Ate age 17 she apprenticed to midwives in the Catskills, then graduated from a midwifery school/training program as a "Certified Practical Midwife" in 1976. She has been in community practice ever since.

As other certifications became available she added them: Certified
midwife and Oregon Licensed Direct Entry Midwife (retired).

Although she has been a midwife all her life, she has never been a "lay" Midwife, a term which means "uneducated and untrained". Most midwives around the world are educated and trained even if they are not recognized or licensed by their governments. (There are very few 'lay" midwives).

One of her main missions is to attempt to hold, recover, and teach, the practical knowledge of Physiological Birth and the midwifery skills which are being forgotten.
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