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Midwives

Our Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) are trained in labor support and delivery techniques appropriate for out-of-hospital birth, including delivery in various positions: standing, full squat, hands-and-knees, whatever the mother may choose, in or out of the birth pool. Our Midwives and are Certified in Neonatal Resuscitation by the National Heart Association.

Our midwives personally visit with the mother throughout her pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. It takes about an hour to complete each prenatal visit because we have a lot to discuss! Prenatal visits aren't just about checking vital signs and measuring the uterus. They are filled with questions about life, activities, food, dreams, fears and storytelling. The mother, her family, and the midwife get to know each other very well during these visits.

During labor, the mother calls the midwife to come whenever she is ready for help. We physically, emotionally, and spiritually support the mother and her family as she works to give birth. We monitor the well-being of the mother and baby and keep the family informed of our findings and recommendations along the way. Together with the family, we truly become a birth team.

Deborah holding baby

Deborah Smithey, CPM

Midwife

Deborah is the founding midwife in our practice. She has been practicing since 2009.

Striving to balance modern technology with the ancient midwifery practices of her Native American ancestors, she relies on her hands and simple tools for most routine examinations, reserving the use of technology to assist only when necessary.

She is a wife of 29+years; home-birthing, home-schooling mother to three now adult children; and Mimi to four grand-children, hopefully more to come!

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Jessica holding baby

Jessica Reighard, CPM

Midwife

Jessica joined the practice in 2017.

She believes birth is a transformative process from which a woman can evolve into a better version of herself. It changes the way in which we see ourselves, our partner, children, life, and our place in the world.

Jessica loves spending time with her husband of 15 years, and is a homeschool mom of three.

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Crystal holding two babies

Crystal Ferguson, CPM

Midwife

Crystal joined the practice in 2020.

She is a homeschooling mother of 5 and follower of Christ who believes in gently supporting families through the powerful and natural process of pregnancy and birth. Her passion for studying natural birth and supporting women began as a teenager when she first learned about water birth and has grown with the experience of each of her own pregnancies and while supporting the women of the community. When not attending births, Crystal enjoys spending time with her husband and children, baking, and working her homestead in Polk County, MO.

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Joanna with baby

Joanna Rocker, CPM

Midwife

Joanna is joining the practice in 2021.

She is a wife, mother of two beautiful children, and passionate disciple of the Jesus. She loves supporting women through their labors and births and never ceases to be in awe of the miracle of birth. She began studying midwifery in 2013 and since has been privileged to witness birth in many different settings with many different midwives. This has given her an appreciation for variety of techniques and ways that birth can take place. When not attending births, Joanna enjoys spending time with her family, quiet times with the Lord, walks, and studying the Bible and midwifery.

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Office Staff

When you come to our office, our friendly staff will be there to greet you. All our staff has first-hand experience with home birth and breastfeeding. They are home birth mothers like you!

Candi

Candi

Office Manager

Kalee

Kalee

Office Assistant

Kylie

Kylie

Office Assistant

Birth Assistants

We have trained our birth assistants to assist at home births. They are our first choice for assisting our midwives at births! Our birth assistants are not on-call for large blocks of time (like our midwives are) but serve more as a tag-team of backup help at births when both midwives are not available.

Eren

Eren

Birth Assistant

Lindsey

Lindsey

Birth Assistant

Melanie

Melanie

Birth Assistant

Lindsay

Lindsay

Birth Assistant

Sarah

Sarah

Birth Assistant

Birth Doulas

We have added a birth doulas to our staff! In 2020, Package A & B will include Birth Doula in the list of premium services to choose from. For those with Package C, you can still use one of our birth doulas and pay for this service separately. Use of an outside doula is not included in any package, because we do not have agreements in place with outside doulas. You can always hire an outside doula and pay her separately.

Lindsay

Lindsay

Birth Doula

Jessica L.

Jessica L.

Birth Doula

Postpartum Doulas

We have a postpartum doula on staff! Package A & B include Postpartum Doula in the list of premium services to choose from. For those with Package C, you can still use one of our postpartum doulas and pay for this service separately. Use of an outside doula is not included in any package, because we do not have agreements in place with outside doulas. You can always hire an outside doula and pay her separately.

Audra

Audra

Postpartum Doula

 

Deborah with husband

Deborah Smithey, CPM

Senior Midwife

I am Deborah Smithey, nationally certified by the North American Registry of Midwives as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). I maintain certification by the American Heart Association in Neonatal Resuscitation as well as Adult and Infant Basic Life Support (CPR). But none of that qualifies me to be your midwife. Only you can choose the right midwife for you.

I rely on my hands and simple tools for most routine examinations, reserving the use of technology to assist only when necessary. I strive to balance modern technology with the ancient midwifery practices of my Native American ancestors.

Certifications
2009 to present: certification from the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).
1996 to present: certification/recertification in Neonatal Resuscitation by American Heart Association.
1995 to present: certification/recertification in CPR/Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers by American Heart Association.

Philosophy

Birth is an intense, life-altering experience that changes a girl into a woman, a couple into a family and empowers a mother to nurture and defend her newborn. It is an honor and privilege to serve women and families during this transformation.

Women's bodies are perfectly designed to give birth safely and efficiently. Excellent diet and healthy lifestyle are the best prevention of complications during pregnancy and birth. Pregnancy is the time to prepare for the intensity of labor and birth. The strength of the body during labor can be an enjoyable, satisfying experience.

Midwives have helped women to give birth continuously throughout history right down to today. Modern midwives may have more tools than the midwives in history, but women's bodies still give birth the same way.

All of the valid scientific studies show that for healthy women, homebirth with a trained midwife is as safe as hospital birth with a physician. Some studies show it to be safer! But the biggest difference in outcomes between the two is that homebirth tends to result in less birth trauma to both mother and baby, better bonding between mother and baby, and a higher successful breastfeeding rate.

I am philosophically and spiritually opposed to circumcision. Not only is it un-necessary cosmetic surgery, it is an assault that permanently altars the body of a non-consenting minor.

Calling

In 1990 I was at the library to find out what to expect at the hospital if I agreed to labor coach for a friend. I checked out the standard mainstream pregnancy manuals, plus one book that would change my life forever, In Labor: Women and Power in the Birthplace by Barbara Katz Rothman. I couldn't put that book down. The next day, I returned all the main-stream birth books and checked out the homebirth books, including Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin and The Birth Book by Raven Lang. I was hooked.

Deborah in front of Emergency entrance of CASA Hospital
Deborah in front of emergency
entrance of CASA Hospital.

Three years later, I gave birth to our first child, a daughter, "unassisted" in the small camping trailer we lived in. We wanted to use a midwife for that birth, but circumstances forced us to choose unassisted homebirth instead. Soon after, I joined Missouri Midwives Association and began to learn everything I could about birth and midwifery. I had a second "unassisted" birth in 1995, because baby came before the midwife arrived! My third baby was born at home with the help of a midwife in 1997. He weighed 10 pounds, 12 ounces, and got stuck at the shoulders (shoulder dystocia). I was so grateful to have a midwife there to free him!

Most of my experience and training is with homebirth. I began my apprenticeship in 1995, carrying my baby with me to prenatal visits and births. As part of my training, my preceptor emphasized continuity of care by having me follow one or two women at a time. I was required to attend every prenatal, birth and postpartum visit for these women. My study assignments consisted of researching the details of everything that happened with these women. After a couple years of this, I filled in the gaps by studying more rare conditions and complications.

In 2007, I volunteered at CASA, a midwifery school and hospital in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. It is kind of like a birth center, but also has hospital attributes in that the midwives can call in a doctor or surgeon if they need one, but he is not waiting in the next room. The school trains women to become Professional Midwives, so they can return to their communities and serve the women there. While there, I worked with the midwives in the hospital and met many amazing women. One of the students I met will return to her home in Guatemala and become the first Professional Midwife there!

Hablo un poco Espa�ol, and I know a little sign language (SEE).

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I serve Christians, Pagans, Wiccans, Quiverful, Hippies, Rainbow, wealthy, poor, married, partnered, single, and everyone in-between. I am pleased to be able pass on the loving, quality care I received during my pregnancies and births.

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Jessica with husband

Jessica Reighard, CPM

Midwife

Calling

I was one of those children that, at a very young age, declared I wanted to be a doctor. As a four-year-old though, I only knew that I wanted to �help people.� Then at five, after an emergency appendectomy, I understood what kind of doctor I did *not* want to be after the experience left me feeling like my voice had not been heard.

As the years passed, I became intrigued by natural approaches to health and alternatives to traditional medical practices. In college, I spent an entire year researching alternative treatment options to hormone replacement therapy (commonly prescribed during menopause) and possible ethical issues as to why these avenues aren�t normally pursued or funded.

As I neared the end of my undergraduate studies, things were falling into place. I was pre-accepted into my first choice med-school, I took the MCAT, and I had interviewed and been given a scholarship. I had even found the time over the previous couple of years to meet a wonderful man, fall in love at first sight (not kidding!), and get married! But when it came time to actually commit to medical school, I just couldn�t do it. I had no other explanation than to say that something felt �off.� Quite confused and lost, I completed my undergraduate studies, but did not pursue a medical degree.

A few years later, my husband and I found ourselves expecting our first baby. I remember using the internet to try and find a midwife, but none could (easily) be found. I also remember half-jokingly trying to convince my husband that we could surely stay home and handle it ourselves!

While pregnant, I didn�t have much interest in learning about birth or what we ought to expect in the hospital. To me, it seemed like a pretty straight-forward process and I didn�t understand how it could possibly be complicated by outside individuals. I didn�t want any drugs or an episiotomy, and I wanted to hold my baby right away and feed her. It seemed simple enough to me. While I did end up with a relatively nice hospital birth, in the months that followed I realized I had been very wrong in assuming that the process would be simple.

I have an incredibly vivid memory of nursing my three-month-old, recalling a moment that her heart rate had started dipping dangerously low during my labor. Storming into the room, the doctor angrily began questioning the nurse as to why I was still receiving Pitocin. As the nurse turned off the Pitocin, my baby�s heart rate almost immediately returned to normal. In that moment, I remember being grateful for such a quick-thinking, wise doctor. But as I stared at my newborn and played the scene over and over in my head, a new thought emerged. The Pitocin was the *cause* of the dip in her heart rate. No one in the hospital had informed me that it could cause that to happen. What else didn�t they tell me? With that question, I opened Pandora�s Box.

Philosophy

Birth is a transformative process from which a woman can evolve into a better version of herself. It changes the way in which we see ourselves, our partner, children, life, and our place in the world.

I believe that women�s bodies were designed to grow and birth babies. I seek to balance my personal truth to trust birth with my resolve to be diligent and attentive to both mother and baby.

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Crystal with husband

Crystal Ferguson, CPM

Midwife

Calling

More about Crystal coming soon!

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Joanna with husband

Joanna Rocker, CPM

Midwife

Calling

From a very young age I actually felt the call to be a missionary. It wasn't until during high school that I attended a week-long course on home birth that I became interested in midwifery. The midwife teaching the course mentioned that if any of us had ever wanted to do mission work, that birth was something we would need to be educated on since women would just show up on your doorstep asking for help in developing countries.

After graduating, I attended a 3 month midwifery intensive with Mercy In Action. They fund their free-access birth centers in the Philippines by teaching midwifery to students in the US. Afterwards I even had the opportunity of volunteering at their birth center in the Philippines. There I witnessed my first births, and was surprised to see that birth did not have to be a very difficult and strenuous experience. Some of the moms came in and gave birth within a matter of minutes. They just breathed their babies out, making it look like something one could almost do every day! This was night and day from the culture of fear surrounding birth I had witnessed in movies and traumatic experiences I had heard retold.

Over the next years I apprenticed under 7 different midwives in Colorado, Tennessee, Oregon, and Missouri; gaining experience in a variety of settings, including at home, birth center and hospital. This gave me appreciation for a variety of techniques and made me realize that in general, there is not only "one right way" of doing things. What may be right for one woman may be totally different for another. I also married my best friend and husband, giving birth to our first at home with a midwife and the memories of many strong, laboring women to guide me. Afterwards, I finished my required births as the primary attendant and completed my certification as a CPM spring of 2020 just before I gave birth to our second baby, also at home.

Philosophy

I believe that pregnancy is a normal life occurrence, not an illness, and that birth is a natural process, not a medical emergency. Birth can and should be an empowering experience for you on your journey to becoming a mother. When birth is working, my job is to protect that and to keep interventions and distractions to an absolute minimum. This means things like keeping the lights low, and avoiding unnecessary talking, coaching, eye contact, or touching. Doing this helps you feel unobserved and keeps neocortex unstimulated, resulting in your body releasing a huge cocktail of hormones that make labor easier, pushing shorter, and result in less tearing.

If at any point during the birthing process there is a complication, I respond quickly with life-saving midwifery skills.

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