Karin Braun CNM, ANP has practiced as a midwife in Alaska for the last 22 years both as a Direct-entry midwife 1993, and as a certified nurse midwife 2001, she has attended homebirths, birth center births and hospital births. Karin was the co-owner of Midwifery and Women's Health Care at Geneva Woods and the Geneva Woods Birth Center from 2002-2015.
Karin is the mother of 4 children, two daughters and two sons, and one grandson. Karin and her family recently moved to the Cottonwood area in 2015. She is excited to have moved to warmer weather and to be able to attend births again.
Jess Walsh is a Certified Nurse-Midwife, APRN from Anchorage, Alaska. She began her career as a nurse and birth assistant at an out-of-hospital birth center, being trained by Karin Braun, CNM. She has been practicing for 4 years in both Alaska and Oregon, providing care for low-risk and high-risk hospital births, Alaska Native women's health, and well-woman care. Jess is very excited to be working with Karin again in the birth center setting. Jess graduated nursing school from University of Alaska and received her Masters from Frontier Nursing University, the oldest midwifery school in the country. Jess has 4 children, 2 of which were born in birth centers. Jess has been loving being in Arizona for this winter, exploring the trails with her family.
CNM, Cranio Sacral Therapist
I am a Certified Nurse Midwife licensed in the state of Arizona and a Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 1991 and received a Master's of Science Degree in Nursing. I graduated from Charles R. Drew University, Los Angeles, CA, Nurse Midwifery Program and I am nationally certified by the American College Nurse Midwifery Certification Board. I am also a Certified CranioSacral Therapist and certified by the Upledger Institute, International Alliance of Healthcare Educators.
My experience as a Certified Nurse Midwife began in the birthing centers of County Hospitals in Los Angeles, California in 1991. In 1996 I moved to the Navajo Reservation to work as a Nurse Midwife at Chinle Hospital in Arizona, until 2008. I then went to work as a Family Nurse Practitioner on the Whiteriver Apache reservation.
In 2010, I retired from the Indian Health Service to be a full-time grandmother to my two grandsons who moved to AZ from Alaska with their single mom. Since 2011 to the present, I have had my own home practice in CranioSacral Therapy, including Women's health and prenatal services.
It has been my inspiration to help pregnant women using hands on healing techniques of CranioSacral Therapy, to support a healthy pregnancy and the childbirth process, allowing for mother to have a beautiful birthing experience. This is such a gentle method of enhancing the function of the body and nervous system in which every newborn and post-partum mother would also benefit.
MSN, CBC, Office Manager
I was born in Austria, Europe and gave birth to three of my children at home, with wonderful midwives caring for me. I believe that women should play an active role in their health care, pregnancy care and birth. At la luna Birthcenter I want to create an environment and a relationship where a woman feels supported and comforted based on trust and mutual respect. I believe in personal contact and open communication.
In my free time I love to spend time in my garden, hike our wonderful red rocks with my dog Joy, read or enjoy a movie.
928 634 8680 • firstname.lastname@example.org • lalunabirthcenter.com
A native of San Diego, California, Jennifer has spent most of her adult life in the non-profit sector, always with a focus on babies and children. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in child development, spending 8 years with the YMCA, and eventually earning a Master's Degree in Business Administration (while having two children of her own) she finally figured out that it was the babies – and their mommies – that had her heart. Jennifer is now a senior student at the Midwives College of Utah, is in her final phase of clinical requirements, and plans to take the NARM (the national certification exam for Certified Professional Midwives) as soon as she complete classes this coming August. Jennifer is a DONA trained doula, a very happily married mother with two children and four grown step-children, and is a two-time surrogate mother. She is a childbirth educator with Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Education, and plans to someday become a Lactation Consultant. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Midwives College of Utah, and – in the little free time she has – greatly enjoys reading, crafting, quilting, gardening, and dancing.
The needs of breastfeeding families reach from pregnancy to infancy and even through toddlerhood. I have developed a strong understanding of what it takes to successfully breastfeed through a combination of professional development and personal experience.
I obtained an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Northern Arizona University in 1999 and began a career working with at-risk new families. This soon led me to my passion for breastfeeding support. I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I have gained experience working in the clinical hospital setting at Flagstaff Medical Center as a Lactation Consultant. My personal experiences with birthing babies in both the hospital setting and at home have solidified my passion for the more holistic care of loving midwifery. I believe strongly that breastfeeding is the biological norm and that every baby has a birth right to be fed breastmilk. My professional passion lies in helping families achieve their breastfeeding goals with competent, evidence-based, compassionate and experienced support.
As a mother of 3 breastfed children, I have experienced the many joys of breastfeeding and been witness to the many benefits of nourishing my children with breastmilk. On the other hand, I have personally experienced many of the common breastfeeding challenges and understand them very well.
I was born and raised in the Verde Valley and have spent most of my adult life here. I have a deep love for its beauty and for the people who live and raise families here. In my free time I practice yoga, jog the trails of Clarkdale with my dog, take family bike rides and spend time with my large, extended family.
It's my honor and pleasure to be part of lives of the families I serve. I see breastfeeding as a means to healthier, happier world!
928.301.3274 • email@example.com
My Love for Infant Massage began with the birth of my children. Learning nurturing touch & being me more in tune with their needs was such a blessing. It ignited a Passion & Love for this beautiful work & a desire to share with families. I believe every child deserves to receive nurturing touch & their needs be heard right from the start of life. And parents to be supported & feel the joy of connecting with their babies heart to heart.
I took my infant massage teacher training with IAIM ( International Association of Infant Massage), Infant Massage USA that specialized in the teachings of Vimala McClure. Olga Morris is my loving teacher & inspiration.
I have been teaching Infant Massage classes for 9 years. A massage therapist & chiropractic assistant. A native to Arizona being born & raised in the verde valley. I love spending time connecting with my family in nature, gardening & wildcrafting, swimming in the beautiful wild waters, dancing, yoga & believe food is natures medicine.
Jody holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Colorado and a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She started Hands On-Austin in 1994 with the intention of providing a specialized Manual Therapy/Myofascial release clinic in the Austin community. Jody has extensive training in manual therapy techniques which address the fascial and connective tissue system with an emphasis on treatment of male/female pelvic floor.
Jody has been studying under John Barnes since 1988 and has taken all of his courses as well as numerous skill enhancement seminars and Therapy for the Therapist seminars. She successfully completed a proficiency assessment through John Barnes' Myofascial Release treatment centers. Additional training includes numerous classes through the Upledger Institute for cranio-sacral therapy, muscle energy, visceral manipulation and somato emotional release. She has taken advanced pelvic floor classes through the American Physical Therapy Association and the Herman-Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute for male and female incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction.
Dry needling technique is also utilized to facilitate faster reduction of myofascial pain patterns and trigger points.Jody has been teaching various manual therapy classes including Introduction to Myofascial Release and Treatment of Women's Health Issues within the Austin massage community. She is a full instructor with John Barnes, P.T., and the Myofascial Release Seminars. Her experience working with John Barnes and his staff in Paoli, PA and Sedona, AZ influenced her in developing Hands On-Austin's ongoing Intensive treatment program in Sedona, AZ and Austin, TX.
928.592.7020 • www.verdevalleymfr.com