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7pm, Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
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Who We Are

Mairi Breen Rothman, CNM, DrMid

Midwife since: 1996

shapeimage_6Personal Statement: My interest in birth and women’s health started 25 years ago when I began to have my own children, and then became a Bradley childbirth educator.  My first career was as a modern dancer and choreographer, but the first time I saw a birth I thought to myself, “I could never make a dance that good!”  Gradually moving along the path to becoming a midwife, I had three more children.  I have given birth to one baby in the hospital with a doctor, one in the hospital with a midwife, and two at home with a midwife—or two!  I have had a long-held dream of being “the village midwife,” serving the women who live right around me, and helping them to have the births that they envision for themselves, no matter what their circumstances.  I was so happy to find Erin and learn that we shared the same dream, which led us to start M.A.M.A.S., the first bilingual home birth midwifery service based in Takoma Park!  Erin and I were partners in M.A.M.A.S. for nine years, and were thrilled to have Katie and Kathy join us in the last couple of years so that Erin could retire.  We are happy to continue to live the dream of offering state-of-the-art, personalized, evidence-based care to women throughout the lifespan, but especially in the maternity cycle.  We are interested in hearing about every aspect of our clients’ lives, and love to help with birth, breastfeeding, early parenting, gyn care, and fertility services.  When I am not catching babies, I love to read, go to the movies, and sing.  Here are some of my favorite things:

Favorite Book: The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk Favorite Movies: Contact, Love Actually Favorite Musicians: Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes, Jennifer Armstrong, Barbara McAfee, Emma Rothman Favorite Quote: “This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”  George Bernard Shaw

Kathy Peacock, CNM, MSN

Midwife since: 2015

Metcalf family photo Personal Statement: I started my midwifery journey when Máiri planted the seed of becoming a midwife at my first prenatal visit when I was pregnant with my first son.  I was working as a nurse in the critical care having completed my nursing training at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and having worked as a doula through school.  She said, “Wait, you’re a nurse and a doula?!  Why aren’t you a midwife?  We need midwives!”  At the time, I thought she was completely crazy but the seed grew and after getting the very best care during a somewhat complicated pregnancy, having had a delightful homebirth, and a year of working as a doula I decided to get an MSN through the Midwifery Program at Georgetown University.

I started Georgetown just after getting pregnant with my second son and again chose a home birth with M.A.M.A.S.  It was an amazing experience of receiving the most up-to-date evidence-based care I could have hoped for during an uncomplicated though extremely long gestation (42wks 3 days).  (Both of my birth stories are here and here).

I completed my last two rotations of my Masters Degree with M.A.M.A.S learning the ways of a peaceful birth from the provider side.  When Máiri asked me to join the practice after I graduated in 2015, I was over-the-moon excited.  Having seen both sides of this practice, I love every aspect of it; the group visits, the care we provide to women and families, the relationships I form with the clients, my practice partner, Leslie (our amazing administrator), and the sense of community I get during group visits and online through the listserv.  I really found my home!

Favorites: When I am not attending a birth, I am hanging out with husband, Dan, who works in real estate in the Takoma Park/Silver Spring area, my sons, Finn and Miles (born in ’11 and ’13), cooking, walking my dog, taking a bath or a nap, reading, blogging, doing a puzzle, or going on a date with any one of my family members (kids need special dates, too!). 


We are so proud to announce that we have asked Miriam Rieger, CNM, MSN, to join M.A.M.A.S., Inc.  Miriam is a recent graduate of the nurse-midwifery program at Frontier Nursing University, and has been a labor and delivery nurse for 12+ years, most notably being in charge of L&D at Washington Adventist, and then at GW.  She also had a baby with us 6 years ago, and has been to many births with us as a birth assistant, so she is very familiar with our practice.  We are very fortunate to have her join us, and know that you will love her as much as we do!