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7pm, Wednesday, October 21st, 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 partners, 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, 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!). 

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Emily Johnson CNM, MSN, IBCLC

Midwife Since: May 2020

Personal Statement: It was during my service in the Peace Corps that I first met community midwives and life experiences have continued to show me how community is integral to the work that we do to serve birthing persons and their families. Upon my return to the U.S., I completed my BSN at Johns Hopkins & served in the Birth Companions Doula program. This solidified my passion and love for evidenced-based, holistic, person-centered midwifery care. I then worked for the Indian Health Service as a labor & delivery and postpartum nurse with the Diné (Navajo) and White Mountain Apache nations for 4 wonderful years. I completed my MSN as a Certified Nurse-Midwife at the University of New Mexico and moved back to the DMV following my husband, Dan, an officer in the US Public Health Service.  As an Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) I love serving breast/chest feeding parents, working towards a successful lactation journey and trouble-shooting issues along the way. I am beyond thrilled to be working with M.A.M.A.S as a full scope midwife.


In my personal mission in midwifery, I aim to create spaces that are equitable, safe, and honoring of all persons. I believe that people are experts of their own bodies. I strive to question my personal ways of knowing and constantly reflect on the impact of biases in healthcare. I hope to always honor the art and science of midwifery, walking alongside those I serve through their journeys of health and wellness.


In my spare time I enjoy taking my dog Willow on hikes, going camping, exploring National Parks with my husband, listening to educational podcasts, and watching Pixar movies.

Book: Tattoos on the Heart by Father Gregory Boyle

Podcasts (too many to name): More Perfect, Revisionist History, Evidence Based Birth, The Birth Hour