Qualifications & Experience


Deborah & Susan - American River Midwifery

Deborah on Left with Susan on Right.

My qualifications as a midwife include attending home births in a traditional apprenticeship under supervision of a clinical Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) preceptor from 2002 to 2006. During that time I studied and graduated with a diploma in Midwifery, approved by the Medical Board of California. I am currently Licensed by the State of California and credentialed as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) with the North American Registry of Midwives.

Every other year I complete the Neonatal Resuscitation Program based on the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association. I am CPR certified, since 1999. Every two years I renew my license with the State of California and every three years after meeting the extensive continuing education requirements for both CA licensure and NARM certification, I recertify with the North American Registry of Midwives.

I began attending births by supporting mothers at home, birth center, and hospitals during their labors, births, and postpartum. From 1990, since that first home birth where I was honored to received the mother’s baby as midwife, my life long passion for birth was born. I’ve enjoyed more than twenty-five continuous years of active birth work and advocacy for childbearing families. My formal education began with training as a Childbirth Assistant with the National Association of Childbirth Assistants. I then trained as a midwife’s assistant and became a Certified Childbirth Educator and a Certified Doula with Birth Works® International, the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators, DONA International, Prenatal Parenting®, HypnoBirthing® and as a HypnoFertility® Specialist. My work has included having created a local ICAN chapter in the 90’s and serving in the position of Chapter Leader for the International Cesarean Awareness Network, a fabulous educational organization where Birth Works® International was conceived to support women giving birth vaginally after cesarean surgery (VBAC).