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Meet Your Midwives

The Leading Napa Valley Midwifery Services

Brandi Lauher LM. CPM & Heather Hilton LM. CD

Napa Midwife, Solano County Midwife, Sonoma midwife, Petaluma Midwife, licensed home birth midwife napa doula

Heather Hilton, LM

After working in the medical field and experiencing standardized maternity care first hand with the birth of my son, I knew that I wanted to provide something different to families. Something that was honorable, sacred, safe and deeply rooted in knowledge and trust of birth as a normal process. I wanted to educate and empower birthing mothers and welcome babies in a gentle way. I became more deeply committed to Protecting the Sacred Art of Gentle Birth with each birth I had the honor of attending.

At a very young age, I knew that I wanted to help women bring their babies into the world. While my idea of how I would do this has changed since then, my trust in birth has never faltered.

After working in the medical field and experiencing standardized maternity care first hand with the birth of my son, I knew that I wanted to provide something different to families. Something that was honorable, sacred, safe and deeply rooted in knowledge and trust of birth as a normal process. I wanted to educate and empower birthing mothers and welcome babies in a gentle way.

In 2008 newly pregnant with my second child, I decided that it was time to start following my heart. I knew that not only would I hire a midwife for my own home birth but that I would become a midwife myself! I immediately began on my journey by becoming a birth doula, and beginning my midwifery apprenticeship and studies. I started supporting women through their labors and birth and I just couldn't get enough. I was in awe of the power and beauty that is birth. I had found my passion!

In 2012 I traveled to Haiti where I volunteered at a high volume birth center, which enhanced my midwifery skills and expanded my heart in ways I never imagined. In 2013, having completed my training, I became both a NARM Certified Professional Midwife and a California Licensed Midwife! I began practicing at Pachamama Midwifery in Napa, Ca and birthed my own Napa Valley Midwife soon thereafter. I have been proudly midwifing the home birth community of Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties since 2011.

In addition to being a Licensed Home Birth Midwife, Birth Doula, and Childbirth Educator, I also offer breastfeeding assistance and placenta encapsulation services.

Napa Valley Midwife, Sonoma Midwife, Petaluma Midwife, Solano County Midwife

About Your Midwives

The team at Napa Valley Midwives are passionate about protecting the gentle birth process.  Heather Hilton, LM, CPM and Bee Lauher LM.CPM have run a successful home-birth practice for over 10 years in beautiful Napa Valley. Serving families in Napa, Sonoma, St. Helena, Petaluma and surrounding areas. They offer comprehensive prenatal, birth, and postpartum care to low-risk women and families. Bee and Heather have over two decades of birth experience between them.

Napa Valley Midwives are Licensed by the Medical Board of California, and are also Certified Professional Midwives which is a credential given by the Northern American Registry of Midwives. All members of the Napa Valley Midwives team remain current in BLS, CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation and other modern evidence-based medical practices to facilitate a safe and gentle home birth experience for your family.

Heather and Bee are both members of the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) as well as the California Association of Licensed Midwives (CALM). They remain active in furthering their clinical training, as well as studying traditional gentle birthing philosophies. Napa Valley Midwives are dedicated to supporting women and infant health and therefore regularly participate in workshops and conferences to further their skills and knowledge in the field of midwifery.

Heather and Bee hold a deep respect for the unique birthing needs and experiences of every family they work with. They are devoted advocates of protecting the sacred art of gentle birth and reducing unnecessary medical interventions. They trust in a woman's innate ability to birth her baby and are honored to serve as collaborative guides on your journey into parenthood. 

 

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We are with you through your pregnancy & birth.

We will support you in having the natural, gentle and empowered birth experience you desire.

Napa Midwife, Solano County Midwife, Sonoma midwife, Petaluma Midwife,

Bee Lauher LM.CPM  

 

I believe in choice, and that we as women should be given the right to choose where and with whom we will give birth. I always feel blessed and honored to be able to witness a new life emerge into this world, and support a new family through this sacred transition.

 

My path to Midwifery started in Taos, at the Northern New Mexico Women’s Birth center. I attended my first birth in 1998. My eyes were opened to the amazing power the birthing mother has and the incredible amount of strength and trust that it takes to have a baby. From that birth on I dedicated my self to becoming a midwife, doula, educator and all around supporter of women. 

For over 19 years now I have been offering Wise Woman care to Wise Women and families through conception, pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. My goal is supporting and educating our clients so they can enter their births with strength and confidence, leaving fear far behind.  

I have delivered hundreds of babies and have supported countless families though this transition into parenthood. I understand the nature of pregnancy and birth. I promise you that with my care you will move through this transition with guidance and support that you will not find with any hospital staff.

Being a Midwife has taught me many lessons. It has taught me how incredibly strong women are and how truly amazing our bodies have to be. It has taught me patience beyond words. Midwifery has also strengthened my two daughters and has shown them that they can trust in their bodies. That birth does work, and that they are strong enough to do it. 

I have been incredibly fortunate in my career as a Midwife. Midwifery has given me medical skills, training and education that I have been able to take with me to countries like Mexico, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Guatemala and Uganda to provide midwifery aid to women and babies deserving good quality care.

Sharing & receiving knowledge and wisdom with traditional birth attendants has expanded my experience in the birth world far beyond what any class room or book could have taught me. I trust in our bodies ability to birth our babies safely. I believe in choice, and that we as women should be given the right to choose where and with whom we will give birth. I always feel blessed and honored to be able to witness a new life emerge into this world, and support a new family through this sacred transition.