Meet the Teachers

We have been so blessed over the years, well before the creation of this school, to have the honor of working with some of the most knowledgeable, well-known people in the birth world.

The teachers that will be instructing the courses in our program are no exception; they are all the most dedicated and brilliant people that we know.  These people were chosen, not just for their experience and skill, but because they are wonderful people from the inside out. From midwives to doctors, to being experts in their chosen field, we are so thrilled that the Indie Birth Midwifery School can proudly feature the names and expertise of the people below.  We are very sure that your experience learning from them will be amazing and memorable.

**More teachers to be announced soon

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Maryn Green

CPM, Indie Birth Founder

Co-Director

Maryn Green has been in the birth world for nearly 12 years, and has held the Certified Professional Midwife certification since 2009.  Maryn is well known for her international association, the Indie Birth Association, which serves and educates women and midwives all over the world by creating community (check out the Wise Woman Circle), classes, skills workshops, webinars and consults.  She has written numerous blog posts and recorded over 80 (and counting!) podcasts on iTunes (“Taking Back Birth”) that encourage women and midwives to rethink what they have been taught, and re-connect with ancient wisdom in combination with current research and knowledge.  Maryn created and hosted her first international midwifery conference in 2016.  She is a graduate of the Ancient Art of Midwifery School, teaches for the Birth Institute as a holistic midwifery instructor and has taught globally for the Gold Midwifery Conference, Inherent Birth Conference as well as locally; inspiring midwives and students through workshops and the Wise Woman tradition. The woman is always the center of her spiral!  Most passionate about physiological birth and the fate of future generations, Maryn has been taught by witnessing hundreds of undisturbed births, the best of which have been the births of her own 8 children.  When not learning or teaching, Maryn enjoys spending time in the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona, hiking with her husband, kids and dogs.

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Margo Blackstone

Traditional Midwife and Indie Birth Trustee

Co-Director

In 2010, shortly after starting a graduate school program where she was researching women's rights in childbirth, Margo caught the birth bug.  She serendipitously got put in touch with Maryn and started joining her on all kinds of birthy adventures.  After apprenticing for 3 1/2 years, she welcomed her own baby, Celosia Pearl, in July 2014 in a funky little trailer in Oak Creek Canyon.

Margo does curriculum development, teaches for Indie Birth both online and in person, and writes and podcasts on pregnancy and birth topics.  In 2016 she started a new midwifery service in Duluth, Minnesota as a traditional midwife.  She is very excited to offer this birth alternative to her community.

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Emily Graham

Independent midwife and mother of 4.

Emily began her journey into birth work after the homebirth of her first child in 2008. Trained first by a nurse midwife who attends homebirths, then by licensed CPMs, unlicensed CPMs, traditional midwives and radical midwives, Emily has witnessed and learned from hundreds of families. During her four year apprenticeship, Emily birthed two sons at home and studied for two years under Whapio at The Matrona. At the beginning of her path, Emily was pursuing a CPM and state licensure, but after becoming well-acquainted with birth politics and realizing that restriction and regulation of midwives does not serve families, she has decided to practice privately through a Private Membership Association. Emily combines practical knowledge, personal experience, stories from midwives and mothers and intuitive connections to develop an ever-broadening picture of what birth does and can look like.

A born feminist and a bit of a natural rebel, Emily feels it is her life's purpose to call attention to birth as a Human Rights issue and work tirelessly to be a support and witness to women finding their voice through birthing and mothering. A big part of this work is teaching future midwives how to maintain their personal integrity and autonomy as they sit with women, how to remain centered as they witness, how to have trusting hearts and skillful hands, how to elevate and honor mothers, even when our culture does not.

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Gail Hart

Midwife

Gail Hart graduated from a midwifery training program as a Certified Practical Midwife in 1977. She has held a variety of certifications over the years; she was a Certified Midwife through the Oregon Midwifery Council, and an LDEM in the state of Oregon. She is now semi-retired and no longer maintains her license, but keeps active with a small community practice. Gail is strongly interested in ways to holistically incorporate evidence-based medical knowledge with traditional midwifery understanding.

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Patricia Edmonds

Midwife

Having been born into a family of women healers, I declared at the age of six that I would be a nurse. College made that dream unravel but after a radical change in my personal life and a move to Oregon my true calling became apparent. A book and a chance meeting with a homebirth family in the mid-1970s pointed me in the direction of a small midwifery school. The Northwestern School of Practical Midwifery gave me both grounding and wings as I found my calling in birth. In those first few years I learned as well to be an advocate, a rebel! I served as a one of the founding mothers to the state midwifery organization, and served as the editor of BIRTHING, the state wide newsletter for Oregon midwives for 15 years. Certification and licensure intrigued me for a time but soon I realized that families choices were being absorbed and co-opted under false pretenses. Turning back to my original calling I have continued to serve as a homebirth midwife for 40 years. I have been blessed to serve as a teacher for many midwifery conferences and now enjoy the itinerant life of a traveling teacher of birth.

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Tracy Pemberton

Holistic Maternity Consultant

Tracy Pemberton is an experienced home birth(er) of 4 after the tragic loss of her twin sons in a less than supportive hospital experience. Tracy has 32 years of cumulative birth experience and 8 years as a practicing midwife. She not only has birthed her own children and helped others birth theirs but she takes midwifery to a new level that includes growing children and young adults and birthing them in to their potential. she honed those skills while living and traveling out of country while fostering and housing children and young adults. Tracy has several years of experience teaching online classes in midwifery after graduating AAMI. Tracy is a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother of 6 who also owns her own small business. Tracy is a gifted teacher and a lifelong learner.

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Astrid Grove

Midwife

Astrid Grove is a midwife, mother and herbalist.  She attended her first birth 17 years ago and has been devoted to the path of midwifery ever since.  She graduated Birthwise Midwifery School in 2006 and began to attend families in Vermont as a licensed midwife from 2006-2008 and in California from 2008-2013.  After having her first daughter at home in 2012 (breech!), she has focused her energy on family and healing work with women in all stages of their life cycles through herbal medicine, ceremony and uterine massage.  She now resides in a small mountain town in Colorado where she just birthed her second daughter at home, and is passionate about supporting women who are feeling the call to deepen their wisdom of birthwork.   She will be teaching the herbalism classes here at Indie Birth Midwifery School.  The plants themselves are her strongest teachers, and she has also been blessed to apprentice with herbalists Susun Weed, Pam Montgomery and Ellen Evert Hopman. This past summer she founded Colorado’s first all women’s annual herbal gathering, Red Earth Herbal Gathering, with many amazing workshops and a red tent. Www.redearthherbalgathering.com

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Molly Dutton-Kenny

CPM

Molly Dutton-Kenny, CPM is an American homebirth midwife, reproductive health advocate, and educator, specializing in supporting pregnancy loss and abortion. She works with a full spectrum of reproductive experiences and supports individuals and families in finding the best options for themselves, including traditional, home- and plant-based alternatives. She teaches workshops on a variety of subjects within alternative reproductive healthcare aiming to provide empowered support for our complicated and fluid reproductive lives. She has taught hundreds of people the art and science of alternative fertility management, honoring its roots, and exploring its potential to change the way we relate to our bodies, fertility, and our bleeding. She also loves catching babies and supporting birthing and postpartum families.

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Jacqueline Kincer

IBCLC 

Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC, RLC, is a mama of two, a La Leche League leader, Lactation Educator, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Over the past few years she has helped countless mothers and babies achieve their breastfeeding goals. After encountering her own struggles breastfeeding her first child and getting support for her own issues, she dove in to volunteer work to share the wisdom given to her. Over the years, she has educated herself to stay at the leading edge of research and knowledge to support breastfeeding, while embracing the sacredness of the mama-baby connection. Her main area of focus has been oral restrictions such as tongue tie and lip ties. Additionally she focuses on maternal gut health, bodywork, and other complementary therapies to provide the best outcomes for each mama-baby pair. All of this work has led to Jacqueline opening her own private practice called Holistic Lactation in 2016.

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Stephanie Dawn

Stephanie Dawn is a Sacred Living and Business Coach, Mentor and Strategist to the visionaries transforming the dominant paradigm from fear to love, whether birthing a baby or a business. She created Sacred Birth Work in 2004 and founded the Sacred Birth Mentor Program, which certified birth professionals to teach Sacred Birth Work from 2010-2014. She is the author of the upcoming book, Your Sacred Birth, A Visionary Guide to a New Birth Paradigm. Stephanie coaches clients via her private practice, her online courses, her in-person workshops and retreats. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband,their two boys and their Ball python Crystal.

** Like any learning institution, instructors are subject to change.