WHAT WE BELIEVE
Women have the right to informed health care decisions. They deserve evidence-based care and support as they lead their own path into motherhood. We are midwives because we believe in the sanctity of self determination and autonomy in care. Every choice that is made in care is made by the mother - she is the leader in her care.
Our duty as midwives is to provide the most current, evidence-based data -the risks, benefits, and the alternatives- to every choice. Then it is up to the mother to choose her next best step, and up to us as providers to support her within our scope(s) of care. In this way, we honor the boundaries and wishes of both the mother and midwife alike.
I employ social childbirth because it is sustainable, supportive, and the safest option for mothers and midwives alike. Birth, giving birth, and death are all rites of passage that a woman must do alone, for herself, through herself. But she does not need to be without support while she walks that path. Facing these rites of passage pulls deep on the sense of self, bravery, and capacity in every woman. Bravery is not an inherent skill. It is a learned skill that takes practice and coaching and support to master and employ in one’s life. By creating a space for social connection and healing in combination with prenatal and postpartum care, mothers are being shown how to value and create community in their lives. By working together and reflecting back to one another their triumphs and trials, their despair and hope, they gain agency in their lives and learn how to employ and navigate the waters of challenge and bravery. And they don’t have to feel lonely, isolated, or scared while doing it! They learn to lean into each other. They learn that their mental and emotional health and sense of belonging are just as important to their health as coming in for a prenatal check-up. They learn the cycle of reciprocity - of giving and receiving of themselves, which in turn helps them to understand how to develop boundaries around their energy exchange in all of their relationships. They learn bravery, and through bravery, they develop a deeper sense of self worth and self love. - Musings from our founder.
Founder, CPM CDM
My path to midwifery began as a result of my myriad path of life experience, adventures in holistic health, and an unshakable sense that our bodies are governed by an innate intelligence that deserves reverence and attention. I earned my undergraduate degree as a pre-medical/biological and natural sciences student at UAA. I came to a cross roads - I adored science, but Western medicine was not the healing path I was called toward. I took time, I followed my heart and traveled, spending months in India learning Rreiki and energy healing modalities, and completing a teacher training in Kundalini yoga under Gurumukh Kaur Khalsa. I came back stateside and knew that medical healing was not my next best steps.
I began to teach yoga in Anchorage, and fell deeply in love with prenatal yoga. As I began to contemplate starting my own family, I found the practice of midwifery and I felt an absolute sacred YES ping for me. This was the quality of care that I saw in my mind's eye when I daydreamed about what healthcare should look like. I began my clinical and didactic training in professional midwifery in 2015 and I haven't stopped learning since! I earned my state and national certifications in 2018 and launched into homebirth practice solo. I adored my sweet little practice, Elevate Midwifery, but I knew that the reinvigoration of social childbirth was my calling. Today, I can say that calling has come to life in the form of Advanced Midwifery & Wellness. As I empower women with community, so too do I empower myself as a midwife to know that healing comes to and from us all when we work together.
Jennifer Hoadley, CNM, ANP is a graduate of the University of Alaska School of Nursing and Frontier Nursing University. She has worked in pediatrics at LaTouche Pediatrics, LLC; Postpartum and GYN surgical at Alaska Regional Hospital; Neonatal intensive care at Kootenai Health, Group Health Cooperativeand Labor and Delivery at Kootnai Health, Group health and Mat-Su Regional for a combined 13 years of experience working with women and children and their families. She spent 4 years with Heritage Midwifery learning to combine western medicine with traditional Midwifery. She is now happy to be working in collaboration with Jennifer Cave and the midwives and clients of Advanced Midwifery & Wellness. Her passions include;
Vaginal birth after cesarean section
And postpartum depression counseling and treatment
My name is Rachel Pugh. My journey into the birth world began with my first pregnancy, 28 years ago with midwives in Texas. In 2008 I began my career as a Certified ICEA Doula and also started my midwifery training. During this time I have attended workshops and conferences from several well respected birth professionals. My training has been extensive and wide spread, I've received training in Wisconsin and Chicago, as well as,The Farm in Tennessee, with birth and wellness gurus like Barbara Harper, Dr. Stuart Fischbein, Ina May Gaskin and all of The Farm Midwives. This provided me an advanced education in all things related to pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I have assisted hundreds of women give birth with a less than 5% cesarean section rate. I attribute that success to my in-depth knowledge, trust in the birth process, intuition, strong women and working with educated and informed couples. I look forward to meeting and working with you all.
Carrie is a Reiki Master offering an individualized treatment of Usui Holy Fire Reiki, Crystal Therapy, Chakramation and Sound Vibration. With a focus on the main chakra centers, life force energy clears, cleanses and balances the energetic field. Through deep relaxation of the mind, body and spirit vibrant health is restored on multiple layers. Each treatment is channeled for the recipient to recieve the highest healing for their highest good. This healing is safe for all stages of pregnancy creating an energetic link between mama and baby, intensifying the natural maternal bond as well as addressing any physical or mental issues mama may have. Adding this healing modality to postpartum care eases transitions for both mama and baby.
Jessica was part of my birth team with my second child, it was a hbac (home birth after cesarean) and she was an essential part of my team. She was there for all of my prenatal appointments and was a calm grounding presence during the birth.