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!
Oftentimes a birth will be attended by a "midwives assistant". If this is the
case, she will be at your 30 week prenatal to give you a chance to get to know
her, then will come to your 34 week home visit. She will come to your birth when
we get close to meeting your baby and assist me as needed for the birth and the
immediate postpartum period. I have several assistants that I choose from and
do my best to pick one that I think will be the best for YOUR family as possible
- but if, for any reason, you feel that the assistant is incompatible with your
family, just let Stephanie know and a different assistant will be chosen.
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."