My main mission in life after having my two children, is to empower women and families to think for themselves and follow their intuition, especially in regards to their bodies, pregnancy and birthing.
During both of my pregnancies, there came a time when I thought to myself, “why am I going to go to the hospital? I’m not sick. My body and my baby know how to birth.”
Unfortunately, calls to my insurance company and my partners aversion to anything other than a hospital birth after the birth of his 4 older children, I didn’t find or look further into the option of birthing at home.
Thus the creation of this blog and the reason for everything I do surrounding pregnancy and birth, so that no woman or family can say that, “they didn’t know”. I want the information to be talked about like hospital birth is talked about, hear people say, “why would you birth in a hospital?” rather than the other way around.
So here are some options for birthing outside a hospital setting if your pregnancy is non-eventful and you along with your care provider have an open and loving communication around your pregnancy and birth:
Home Birth Midwives
Medra Lopez has been a home birth midwife for decades and is one of the most well respected and illusive. After having gone through the years when midwifery was illegal in Hawai`i, Medra has been available only through word of mouth. If you are one of those special women who have a connection that finds Medra to be your midwife, blessings to you!
Sacred Healing Arts; Dr. Lori Kimata ND and Dr. Madeleine Portuondo ND – O`ahu
are the home birth midwives on O`ahu who have welcomed hundreds of babies with their years of experience.
Their practice offers a holistic approach to health from well woman care to family care, offering everything from acupuncture to pediatrics.
Call or visit Sacred Healing Arts at:
Sacred Healing Arts
1188 Bishop St # 1509
Honolulu, HI 96813
Sacred Healing Arts
62-203 Lokoea Place
Haleiwa, HI 96712
Hale Kealaula-Selena Green, CPM – O`ahu
2012 has been an amazing year in Hawai`i for pregnant mamas and babies, the best is yet to come.
A few months ago, Certified Professional Midwife Selena Green from the San Francisco bay area, opened a birthing home in Makaha called, “Hale Kealaula” After a Hawaiian family flew to SF to be able to birth in Selena’s birthing center, “Sacred Birth Place” http://www.sacredbirthplace.com/ they asked that she please bring her work to O`ahu and make available the option for women to birth with her at home or in a home like setting where there currently is no option to do so.
We are so blessed to have her knowledge and spirit with us on O`ahu and the first baby was born at Hale Kealaula earlier in October.
Not only is she giving mothers and families an option now but Selena is training 5 local apprentices who are enrolling in the National College of Midwifery to become Certified Professional Midwives to serve the people of Hawai`i for years to come.
Call Hale Kealaula/Selena Green at: 415-505-4906 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Maui Birth Source website, has a wonderful listing for Midwives, Doulas and many other professionals for the island of Maui. Check them out at: http://www.mauibirthsource.com/index_files/Midwives.htm
Moku o Keawe (Hawai`i island):
The Midwives Alliance of Hawai`i is based off of Hawai`i island and their website offers listings for local midwives as well: http://www.midwiveshawaii.com/Midwives_Alliance_of_Hawaii/Midwife_Directory.html
Be sure to ask around and interview many midwives so you feel comfortable with the care provider you choose. There are many midwives that may not be listed under these pages and choose to let their mothers find them…the art of midwifery continues in various ways to offer a Midwife for Every Mother.
Hua Moon Women’s Health – Kaua`i:
Sharon Offley, CNM
Chloe Raum, CPM
Colleen Bass, CNM, WHNP
41558 Kuhio Hwy
Phone: (808) 639-9722
Midwives Alliance of Hawaii:
Contact MAH at: