Carol is a mother, teacher, birthkeeper and traditional midwife. She began her career as a social worker and educator and transitioned to supporting women in birth after the birth of her first child.
During her first pregnancy, she knew deep within that she needed to birth outside the medical system. She found wise-women traditional midwives to support and guiding her birth and was able to birth autonomously outside the hospital. Since then, she has made guiding women through birth her work and journey.
Carol completed a 5 year, apprenticeship with a home birth midwife and has attended births in all settings. Although she is trained in NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation) as well as other emergency skills, what she has to offer is far outside the medical sphere. Carol believes normal birth is not an illness, ailment or emergency and, therefore, does not require medical care, treatment or hospitalization.
Carol provides care to families wishing to birth on their own terms, in their own home. She works with people who are looking for a normal, undisturbed, blissful and autonomous pregnancy and birth experience.
Mayumi is a mother, healer, traditional midwife and radical feminist. She has had the honor and pleasure of serving families in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas for the last decade. In 2010 she started attending births as labor support person and began studying midwifery with midwives in the area. She began her formal apprenticeship with midwife,Terri Simmons in 2016.
She has spent the last 20 years learning about holistic health, herbal medicine and energy work and brings this knowledge to the practice. She received her BA in Sociology from Barnard College/Columbia University and her studies in sociology also inform her understanding of birth. The societal context in which we birth is largely influential. For this reason, she sees birth as extremely personal and political act.
Like Carol, she believes birth is a normal event and works best when undisturbed. As a midwife she seeks to support families with a deep reverence for their personal preferences.
She loves nothing more than holding space for families as they navigate the expansive process that is birth and parenthood.