Compassionate Care for Women

 

Cottonwood
928 634 8680

Prescott Valley
928 777 8474

928 634 8680
928 777 8474

Our Team

Christa Hansen

CNM, WHNP, MSN, CBC


Christa Hansen

Becoming a midwife was the fulfillment of a life-long dream. 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.
I am a Certified Nurse Midwife licensed in the state of Arizona, will full prescriptive authority and a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from Yavapai College in Nursing and received my Master's degree from Frontier Nursing University. I have 7 years experience as a labor and delivery, post partum and nursery nurse. I am nationally certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives Certification Board and I am licensed by the State of Arizona with full prescriber authority.
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.

Licenses and Training:
AZ State Board of Nursing
Advanced Practice Nurse - Certified Nurse Midwife
Registered Nurse – RN
Nationally certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board
Certified Nurse Midwife – CNM
Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
Certified Breastfeeding Counselor
Childbirth Educator
International Certified Doula
Flower Essence Practitioner
Advanced Life Support for Healthcare Providers – ACLS-OB
Neonatal Resuscitation Certification – NRP


928 634 8680 • christa@lalunabirthcenter.comlalunabirthcenter.com

 

 

Amanda Gilman

Birth Assistant, Massage Therapist, Birth Class Instructor


Amanda Gilman

Amanda has worked in Human Services for 14 years with a pursuit and passion to constantly learn how to serve and help others with deep understanding and experience.
Amanda's passion for birth work was awakened during her personal journey through her pregnancy and home birth. She felt the honor that was shared in the beauty of each mother's birth journey. She felt the comfort and wisdom of a La Luna Midwife who answered her questions and was attentive to the needs of her family. After such an amazing experience, Amanda was captivated by the miracle of birth, and devoted herself to use her diversity of skills to serve mothers on their journey through motherhood.

Amanda attended training through Sacred Pregnancy and Sacred Doula and fulfilled her requirements to become a certified doula. During the births that Amanda has acted as doula, her clients have described her as "amazing", "attentive", and "loving".

Amanda has a passion for sharing her knowledge and love of the human body and human experience. She teaches classes for expectant mothers; including classes on pregnancy and infant massage. Amanda is a certified instructor for Infant Massage and loves to teach mothers how they can use the magic of touch to bond and create connection with their child.


‭603.443.2933 • amanda@lalunabirthcenter.comredrockhealingmassage.com

 

 

Jennifer Rabins

Student Midwife


Jennifer Rabins

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.


 

 

Malerie Brock

Birth Assistant


Malerie Brock

Malerie is a PNW native who was lucky enough to complete her doula training under Seattle's best: Penny Simkin (Bastyr University, 2015) before transplanting to Arizona in 2017. With BA degrees in psychology and family studies, Malerie holds a special interest in providing services to survivors of trauma & abuse, supporting women as they reclaim their power and transform through birth & motherhood. When not attending births as a northern Arizona doula or birth assistant at La Luna, you can find her hiking with her husband and two kids (and german shepherd puppy:Vesta), savasana-ing in hot yoga class, dabbling in herbalism & barefoot in the kitchen, cooking up a storm with her family members who all share a common love language: good food. 


 

 

Karin Braun

CNM


Karin Braun

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 married, the mother of 4 children, two daughters and two sons, and one grandson. Karin and her family recently moved to the Cottonwood area, where she is currently working on licensing in Arizona. While Karin is new to Arizona she is not new to women's health, pregnancy and birth, and will be offering in office limited ultrasound examinations. She is excited to have moved to warmer weather and to be able to attend births again.


themidwife@yahoo.com

 

 

Maya Radoccia-Kennen


Maya Radoccia-Kennen

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 • happybabylactation@hotmail.com

 

 

Fawn Clark

Infant Massage


Fawn Clark

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.


928.301.2882

 

 

Jody Hendrix

P.T, L.M.T


Jody Hendrix

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