Liz began her journey to midwifery out of a deep desire to share the joy of birthing at home. She wanted all women to experience what it is like to feel the innate power within them to give birth. She began her studies following her first homebirth in 1982 by enrolling in Rahima Baldwin's birth assistant course, Informed Homebirth. Her passion for learning about normal birth continued through her next two homebirths and as she raised her six children.
Liz became certified as a doula with A.L.A.C.E and later with Birth Works International. As one of the co-writers of the Birth Works doula program she also facilitated doula workshops and taught childbirth education. After attending many births as a doula in hospital and home settings, she found the opportunity to apprentice with several wonderful homebirth midwives who shared their knowledge of traditional midwifery. She began an independent practice in 2000 and along with her daughter, Emily, formed the first Birth Circle of Frederick, MD. Encouraged by her mentors she applied for and obtained certification through North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) in 2007. Liz continues her education by attending numerous workshops and conferences and is currently enrolled in Aviva Rohm's school of Herbal Medicine for Women. She loves spending time with her family on the farm, tending her gardens and chickens and hiking in the mountains near her home.
Andrea Goldstein became interested in birth after giving birth to all three of her children in the tranquility and peace of her mountain home attended by her husband, midwife, and family. She believes it is the right of the individual to choose where and how she gives birth. Andrea wants to honor, educate, and empower families about that choice. She currently has stepped into the role of student midwife after serving as a doula and birth assistant since 2012. She enjoys downtime with her family on their homestead milking goats, gardening, learning about herbs, homeopathics and essential oils, and sitting by the wood stove listening to stories with her children.
In December 2013, Kati attended her first birth. There was no looking back. Kati just knew birth was where she belonged. Kati has since trained as a birth doula with ToLabor (3/14), learned placenta encapsulation and taught several childbirth classes. She is certified in Neonatal resuscitation and provider CPR. She began an official apprenticeship in October 2014. Her goal is to complete the apprenticeship and be a Certified Professional Midwife around 2020. She also co-leads the Charles Town Birth Circle.
In her spare time she enjoys cooking, making lists, hiking and working with her partner Joe on their little homestead.
Birth matters. It brings us into being, on many levels." ~ Ananda Lowe