Melanie Hexen Retterer CPM

I am a Certified Professional Midwife (2000) and Qualified Examiner (2006) with the North American Registry of Midwives. I am an ALACE certified doula, childbirth educator (1990), certified Dancing for Birth instructor and Reiki Master. 

I am a nationally certified EMT. I am certified in Healthcare Provider CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation. 

My midwife inspiration is Jeannine Parvati Baker. I was trained through traditional homebirth apprenticeship by Pearl Breitbach (1992). I did an internship on The Farm in Tennessee with Ina May Gaskin (2006). I have published several articles in publications including "Midwifery Today" and "the Compleat Mother". I also produced the movie "Waterborn".

I have given birth to 7 children, the first born by cesarean, the rest born at home (VBAC). Three were born in water, and my youngest was an unassisted outdoor waterbirth. My powerful birth experiences led me to believe that all women deserve to give birth with knowledge, power, dignity and joy.

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