The birth team always consists of at least two people - at least one of
whom is always a licensed midwife. We work as a team is to provide you with
the best care possible, remembering that once baby is born there are two people
who may need care and attention, so a minimum of two people would be necessary
to ensure that this care can be provided.
Although there will always be two people at your birth, who those two are
is up to you! If you bond with one person more than the other, you can always
request that she be at your birth.
We believe strongly in the apprenticeship model of training future midwives
and believe that book-learning is only the very beginning of what it takes to
be a good midwife.
Students always act under the direct supervision of a licensed midwife.
As students get close to licensure their skills increase and the amount of
responsibility they may assume increase as well. We do our best to ensure
that you are comfortable with the care you are being provided - and welcome
feedback (positive and negative) regarding your care. If there is a student
you do not bond with, she will not be at your birth. Likewise, if there is a
student you feel very close and comfortable with, we can ensure that she will
be at your birth.
Once a student has reached a certain level of training, she may even be
prepared to provide the majority of your care (under the supervision of a
licensed midwife, of course). If there is a senior student that you would
like to provide the majority of your care, simply speak to the licensed midwife
and she will make that happen for you. Keep in mind that all care provided by
Nurturing Hearts Birth Services is under a midwife's supervision and she is
ultimately responsible for all aspects of your care!
Stephanie Soderblom, LM, CPM
Stephanie is a licensed midwife, wife and mother of five (the last 3
of whom were born at home). She began her career in 1995 and started as a
certified doula, certified childbirth educator, and certified breastfeeding
counselor before finally fulfilling her dream of becoming a midwife. She
became a licensed midwife in the state of Arizona in 2008 and has been
honored to have been serving families ever since.
"It is an honor every time I'm asked to care for a family through this most
intimate time in their lives. I will always do my best to respect this sacred
time and work with families to provide the best care I can in all capacities
- medically as well as emotionally."
Jetta is a doula, childbirth educator and mother of 3. She began her career in 2002
as a birth assistant for a Washington state midwife. She completed her birth doula
training in 2004 at Seattle Midwifery School and has been serving families ever since.
She has dreamed of becoming a midwife and is excited to serve and learn alongside
Jodi began attending births in April of 2000 when she first became certified as
a doula. In addition to doing birth and postpartum doula work she is also a
certified childbirth educator and placenta encapsulator. Jodi is passionate about
helping families and believes that giving birth is one of the most sacred events
in a woman's life. She is married to her high school sweetheart and together they
are raising nine amazing kids. Jodi has been studying midwifery since 2010 and is
a student of Via Vita Midwifery Foundation. She is thrilled to be a part of the NHBS
team and is grateful for the opportunity to apprentice with Stephanie.