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COME JOIN US!

Next Session:
7pm, Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
Ikea
10100 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD

We'll meet at the upstairs food court between the cashier and hallway to bathrooms.

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Who We Are

Mairi Breen Rothman, CNM

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

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!). 

 

KS familyKatie Shannon – Midwife since 2008

 

Personal Statement: When I started my journey to become a midwife, I knew that I wanted to work with women who desired a natural childbirth.  Though it wasn’t until I attended my first homebirth with Erin as a student midwife did I realize that homebirth midwifery was my true calling.  I was fortunate enough to spend my first three years as a midwife with women having their babies at home and in a free-standing birth center.  During that time, I had the opportunity to be with almost 200 women during their pregnancy, labor and birth.

When it was my turn to have a baby, my partner and I knew that we wanted to have a homebirth, and couldn’t imagine anyone other than Erin and Mairi to be there with us.  Our daughter was born at home with M.A.M.A.S. in 2012 and it was by far the most amazing experience of my life.  (You can read my birth story here!)

I spent the last four years caring for women in a community clinic who would not have had any other opportunity to receive prenatal care.   I thoroughly enjoyed my time caring for women and families in need, but really missed catching babies at home. Then in the Summer of 2014, Erin and Mairi were gone for a week and asked me if I would cover their practice while they were gone.  Their not-so-secret plan was for me to have such a wonderful time, that I would want to join their practice.  Their plan worked, and I had a phenomenal week with three lovely births and a variety of prenatal and postpartum visits while they were away.  In October of 2014, I joined M.A.M.A.S. part-time, and am thrilled beyond words to be attending homebirths again.

What I love most about working with M.A.M.A.S. is that our clients are given true autonomy regarding their pregnancy, labor and birth.  I believe that birth should be an empowering experience, and when a woman is given the time and space to listen to her body, she can achieve anything!

Favorites:  When I am not at a birth, I enjoy spending time with my now 2-year-old daughter, Eleanor, and my spouse, Trisha.  We enjoy going to any park that has a swing and a slide, going to college basketball games, and vacationing where I grew up in Maui.