"My experience with Ronda has made me want to have a fourth baby! Are you crazy? Yes, a little bit! Ronda empowered Dan and me to have three natural births. She was our doula for the first two at the hospital and one of our midwives for the third at home. She is gentle, loving, kind, intuitive, brilliant and helpful. Ronda helped me feel like a client, like a woman, and not like a patient. She gave us the tools to be wise, safe, communicative and informed. I adore Ronda and cannot recommend her more highly. I hope that she is around when my sons have their babies!"
"Ronda has been with us for two out of our three births starting in 2010 and is currently one of our midwives for our fourth baby, due in 2016. We didn’t realize the importance of having a doula or midwife with our first baby and I have always wished we could go back and redo that birth. With our second and third babies we had Ronda as our doula and delivered in the hospital. Now, with our fourth baby we have Ronda as our midwife and I feel like the luckiest woman ever! For example, at my last appointment with Ronda she made me tea to enjoy while we chatted at her house. We laughed, talked about how all of my family is doing, getting ready for baby #4, and then we listened to baby’s heartbeat and enjoyed moments checking in on baby and me, making sure we were progressing well. Every time I have an appointment with Ronda I am so grateful for at how “at home” I feel. I feel listened to, I never feel rushed, and I feel supported, believed in and empowered – this is such a difference from my previous experience as a patient in the hospital. I feel giddy and grateful that now we get to have her not just as our doula, but as our midwife – she is in it for the long haul with us and we are thoroughly enjoying every minute alongside her. She is a gift to our family and I can not imagine approaching birth without her by our side!"
"When we were pregnant with our first child, a friend strongly recommended we have Ronda as our doula. As a newly pregnant young woman, I was nervous about the whole thing, especially natural birth! But Ronda’s reputation spoke for itself, so we decided to meet with her. Since that meeting, Ronda has become one of my best friends, and has been present at all three of my natural hospital births, in 2006, 2008, and in 2011. Each birth was unique and presented its own set of unforeseen challenges. The first was remarkably long – 40 hours! The second, frighteningly fast moving, and the third – though not especially long, the most challenging of the three. In each situation, in every moment, Ronda was calm, loving, wise and discerning. She knew how to encourage my sweet husband, how to encourage me to try something new; she knew when to be quiet and when to speak up, when to challenge my endurance and when to comfort me. I cannot imagine these precious and vulnerable days without her; I surely would have crumpled under fear and fatigue and weakness. These birth days of my children are precious, largely because Ronda was there, empowering me to be the best birthing mother I could be, and thereby preparing me for the parenting ahead."
"Very simply put.....Amazing. :) Kind, calm, knowledgeable and experienced. Our first son was born in the hospital, and when we were pregnant with our second son we knew homebirth was the way to go for us. Although we had great support with Ronda as our doula for our first hospital birth, I can't tell you how different this experience was! After our son was born, the midwives cleaned up and made my husband and I lunch....Seriously! When telling my other friends (who have had homebirths) this last fact, they always say....Really? Lucky! :) Thank you!
As a midwife, I seek to nurture a woman’s sense of personal strength and self-confidence so that she may experience birth as an empowering process that can be drawn upon throughout her life. I do not “deliver” babies, rather assist and support women and their families to give birth. I believe that birth is a normal life process created by God that works best when allowed to unfold as naturally as possible, only intervening when a need arises. When I attended my first birth in 1984, I wept and was forever transformed by the power and overwhelming beauty of ushering in the miracle of new life. I have found deep joy in actively serving birthing families since. Ten years were spent specifically supporting pregnant minors, both those who chose to parent and those who chose to place their children for adoption. In the 1990’s, I was blessed to birth three beautiful children, two daughters and a son, at home with midwives. As birth changed the way I see myself as a woman and mother, and provided the catalyst to heal past wounds, I desire this for all women. I am licensed as a massage therapist and certified as a placenta encapsulation specialist with I attended the (Midwifery Education Accreditation Council) accredited midwifery school, National Midwifery Institute. I feel honored to have received incredible training through wise and seasoned midwives, and continue my training with the greatest teachers of all: the birthing mamas, their partners and their babies. I have also studied under Dr. Aviva Romm and am a graduate of her Professional Training Program for Integrative and Functional Medicine for Women. I seek optimal health in pregnancy, well-woman care, and future health by uncovering and holistically addressing root causes of symptoms that arise. Each one’s journey is unique, forever broadening my vision and understanding of the birth process. When not attending births, I enjoy family, friends, travel, long beach walks, massage, a good cup of tea, and dark chocolate!
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