Twenty two years ago, my journey began: Shortly after finishing a tour with the U.S. Peace Corps in Honduras, Central America, I birthed my daughter in my in-law's home. It was the most amazing experience and it fueled my passion to become a midwife. My second daughter was born eight years later in my home, in Detroit. I now have 4 children and one grandchild, also born at home.
Over the past 22 years, I have assisted over 280 babies into this world doing birth work. I became a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) after graduating Birthwise Midwifery School (located in Bridgton, Maine) in 2015. Since becoming a CPM, I have caught babies here at home and the in the state of Wisconsin, co-founded the Mosaic Midwifery Collective in the Detroit area and was recently appointed by Governor Snyder to the first ever, State of Michigan Board of Licensed Midwifery, to serve until 2020. Midwifery keeps me busy and happy but I still devote time to my second profession, licensed paramedic (since 2002). As a paramedic, I worked in the emergency department of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital for 11 years and formally with the Detroit Fire Department, EMS Division.
I have and do work collaboratively with many local midwives including - Linda Honey DEM, Eileen Denomme CPM, Nicole White CPM Kate Mazzara CPM, Anna Fernandez CPM, Jaime Edisaith CPM, Amanda Howell CPM, Tasha Scott CNM, Stacia Proefrock CPM, Heather Lamanski CPM, Cynthia Jackson and Jahmanna Selassie, the other co-founders of the Mosaic Midwifery Collective.
- Heather Robinson
One on one consultation about creating the optimal environment for conception of a child. Physical and diet assessment, stress reduction techniques, blood work and recommendations for vitamin, mineral, homeopathic and/or herbal supplementation.
24/7 availability for communication as your expected due date nears. Assistance during active labor in coping with the contractions along with close monitoring of mom and baby. Support, encouragement and assistance, in the delivery of your child. Immediate postpartum care for mom and newborn, help with breastfeeding and a newborn exam of your baby in which weight and measurements are recorded.
Childbirth Education Classes
Preparation for labor, birth, breastfeeding and the postpartum in small group gatherings of 2-3 couples. There are a total of 3 classes which are 2-2.5 hours in length. Women and couples leave feeling very well prepared for birth.
4-5 home visits after the birth of your baby(s) to assess healing, growth, health, &breastfeeding for mom and baby. Three different newborn screening tests can be done (Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening , Newborn Metabolic Screen and Hearing Screen) and a PAP screen can be done at the final six week visit for mom.
In home, monthly, bi-monthly and weekly visits during pregnancy. Each visit is 45 min - an hour to assess and discuss the well-being of mother and baby during the months of gestation.
Well Woman Care
An individualized visit for any or all of the following: clinical breast exam, physical exam, pelvic exam with PAP, IUD removal, nutritional counseling, fertility awareness, meditation guidance.