From the very first day, the members of this year’s campus cohort approached their midwifery education with a deep understanding of how the midwifery model of care can transform families and communities. Get to know the newest group of Birthwise Midwifery School students through these powerful excerpts from their admissions applications.

Inspired by these quotes? Birthwise is currently accepting applicants for the next midwifery program cohort. Learn more about the program and apply today!

“For as long as I remember, stories of birth and death, have permeated my childhood home. I grew up in the Middle East, between Kuwait, Syria and Iraq, all tormented with painful histories of their own. Through long years of war and turmoil, births and deaths became the markers that communities used to represent the passing of time. Instead of dates, years were referred to by the losses and gains in humanity….My personal philosophy on pregnancy and birth is built within a strong feminist, anti-racist, anti-oppressive framework that centers agency. My lived experience as a queer person of color, shapes my approach to working with people from diverse representations. I believe everyone deserves safe and caring access to pregnancy, birth, and parenting support, that is culturally competent and welcoming and respectful of tradition. I believe people are most empowered when they are provided with non-judgmental and accurate resources that reflect their own experiences.”

Nora Al-Aleiwi of Ottawa, Ontario

“l still remember the sound of my baby sister’s heartbeat as the midwife listened with the doppler. The look of pure joy on my mother’s face. It was that moment that changed my life. It sent into motion my wonder and amazement of the female body and all that it was created to do. Over the years, I became utterly fascinated with pregnant women and their birth stories….As I got older, I started to read and buy books to grasp a better understanding of the world of birth. From there I realized just how little I knew and how I was missing crucial and important information and logistics….I want women to get to be able to experience the birth that they desire. They can labor and deliver where they are most comfortable and at ease. Where they can be and do exactly what their body needs without fear of restrictions or judgments.”

Elizabeth Bellottie of Thompsons Station, Tennessee

“It is important to me to give aid to those who need it, and to educate them in the process so that they can continue to care for themselves and will no longer need assistance. I [hope] I can use my experience as a midwife to positively affect my church community. It is sometimes hard for Orthodox Christians to give birth in hospitals because they feel pressured by the doctors to do things the ‘normal’ way. I hope to help women in my community to give birth naturally in a way that fits their religious beliefs and benefits them and their children spiritually and physically. I hope that in my journey as a midwife I will learn how to do this same thing for many people of different beliefs and cultures, because I know that if my community is struggling to get the care they require for childbirth then many others must be as well.”

Eleni Broulidakis of Manchester, New Hampshire

“Midwifery reflects my personal philosophy of pregnancy and birth because firstly, I believe every woman should be able to choose how they want to bring life into this world. I know in my own community, there are not enough midwives to be able to give most mothers that choice. Although I think there is a time and place for hospitals and western medicine, I wholeheartedly believe that our bodies crave natural processes and medicine. In American society, most medicine has become a ‘fix it’ with its own set of repercussions rather than addressing the underlying issue. I believe in whole body wellness, which midwifery allows a woman to have throughout her pregnancy and birth.”

Kennedy Logan of Tulsa, Oklahoma

“To me midwifery won’t be a job because I’m doing something that I want to do, and I love to do. I see this as an end goal for me. I see myself doing this rest of my life. I know I won’t get bored with this profession because I get to meet different cultures, different families, different mothers, different parenting styles and most of all I get to see all different types of babies. Through this profession, I get to see the world in a different way. I can be that person a mother leans on, looks to and trusts during her most vulnerable time. I love knowing that I can become a person that empowers women and encourage them to have their perfect birth.”

Autymn Malone of Pioria, Arizona

Sarah Mead of Portland, Maine

“To me, midwifery is much more than birth. It is a mindfulness of how a history of abuse/sexual abuse and the trauma surrounding those experiences shifts how we should be caring for birthing people. It focuses on respect and consent, making sure people know their rights. It’s about making a conscious effort to neutralize gender within the language of birth to create a more inclusive community. It is about access to education and support of other resources that reflect the midwifery model of care: birth and postpartum doula support, breastfeeding support and education, placenta encapsulation, baby wearing, etc. It is about creating a more loving future.”

Madeline Mowery of Minneapolis, Minnesota

“There are many reasons why I feel midwifery makes sense as an alternative to obstetrics. Some of those reasons are practical and statistical: it is obvious that there are major issues going on with our healthcare system when it comes to birth. It seems as though many women are having traumatic birth experiences due to the incompetence and lack of bedside manner of overworked staff dealing with hospital regulations, pharmaceutical industry influences, and doctors treating labor as an illness. I believe midwifery and homebirth, when used properly in tandem with medical interventions when necessary, can not only help to lower the mortality rates of birth worldwide but also help to heal communities of people. The foundation of our community’s rests upon our children and families.”

Autumn Pavlosky of Peterborough, New Hampshire

Want to join these midwifery students at Birthwise? We are currently accepting applicants for the next midwifery program cohort. Learn more about the program and apply today!