MID-OHIO VALLEY MIDWIFE

Welcome! I am so blessed that you have stopped here to learn about the Traditional Birth Attendant services I provide! How special it is when I am asked to join in this sacred journey and to be welcomed to your home, guide your family, hold space for your birth, and witness this beautiful life transition as well as provide loving support for the unplanned variations of the childbearing years.

Providing preventative maternity care through education and building awareness for mothers to birth biologically, and fathers and birth partners to support lovingly – all to promote confidence and instinctual birth – is my passion. This holistic care looks different for every mother and every birth as we create a relationship that is accessible and trusting. For some, it means listening to their story and counseling through various forms of trauma. For some, it is teaching how to do self prenatal care and understanding the ins and outs of birth. For others, it is being the quiet birth guardian knitting in the corner (or the next room) listening with my heart and supporting through trust of spiritual guidance. I do not deliver your baby – only mothers deliver their babies. I do not need to catch your baby. I do not give you permission to birth however it is you desire – as it is your permission to give me to be permitted into your birth space.  I believe life begins at conception, that you and your baby were created to make this birth journey together, and breastfeeding completes birth preparing your baby for life on earth, while the whole childbearing year gets you ready to care for this child through spiritual growth.  I believe mothers have the autonomous right and responsibility to make decisions about how to be cared for and where to birth.  Mothers and families that are ready to receive truth-filled information and are open to being lead by their instincts, and experienced wisdom, can be transformed in profound ways and these clients receive the most out of my care, though some families simply want a traditional experience that I’m happy to offer as well.  I offer the perinatal education, support, and care that you request throughout this adventure.

I have been educating & supporting childbearing families of the MOV area (and virtually) since 2009 through Esali Birth. I supported families for a few years as a doula and now offer Traditional Midwifery support with a holistic and herbal approach. I also offer in-home parallel prenatal care and monitrice support to families planning birth center or hospital birth.  I serve around the Parkersburg, Ravenswood, Ripley, Charleston, and Clarksburg areas of West Virginia as well as the Barlow, Belpre, Marietta, Albany, Athens, Logan, Pomeroy, Gallipolis, and Rio Grande areas of Ohio. My radius is approximately 1.5 hours of zip 26164.

 

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As of October 6, 2022, MOV Birth is a 508c(1)a Faith-Based Private Health Association.  Free membership is required to receive member-to-member midwifery services.  Membership is available to everyone.

I can’t say enough good things. Whether you are considering birth-related education, breastfeeding help, doula care, or just want someone to talk to who is knowledgeable and understanding, you won’t regret contacting and/or hiring Danielle. I never felt that I couldn’t be honest with her for fear of being “judged.” She is kind, caring, and thoughtful.
She is truly a gem.

- Angela, 10-Week Series & Doula Support

COVID-19 & Illness Policy

I do not routinely wear masks during visits or births and do not encourage or request clients to wear masks during any visits or birth.  You have the autonomous ability to make your own decision about masks and other choices about your health.  I will not encourage vaccination of any kind during pregnancy and choose not to attend clients that desire vaccination during conception or pregnancy.  This is both due to my personal perspective on health and wellness as well as the unknown risks of the COVID-19 shot to conception, gestation, labor, birth, placenta & hemorrhage, and other factors with postpartum.  There is absolutely no testing that is capable of telling us the safety of the COVID-19 experiment at this time, nor will there be for at least a generation.  I request that if my clients or their family have a fever or signs of communicable illness, no matter what that illness may be, that they reschedule their visit to help avoid spreading illness to other families as well as taking simple hygiene measures.  If a visit cannot be rescheduled for obvious reasons, masks or other accommodations may be requested to prevent spreading illness.

I have cared for many clients with COVID-19 in their families or communities including clients that have chosen to be and not to be tested both with negative and positive test results.  Myself and immediate family have had the illness as well as multiple extended family members with moderate to severe symptoms and understand the nature of both the ability to avoid and heal from the disease as well as be hospitalized and die, and my perspective on remaining healthy and preventing the spread of illness at this time does not change.  If you do not share these same views, you are encouraged to seek care from a different provider so that you may feel cared for in the way that is best for you and your family.