Archives for October 2011

Birthing in Zion: A directory of LDS birth workers

Patty Bartlett Sessions, famous LDS Midwife

There was a time in LDS history when women were called and set apart as the ward midwife to serve their sisters. As the overarching American culture (the cultural context of the early LDS church) turned away from midwifery and homebirth and toward the hospital, this official calling fell by the wayside and faded out of use. However, woman-to-woman birth support is experiencing a resurgence as women around the world are realizing that the need has not faded for a birthing woman to feel supported and understood not only physically and mentally, but spiritually as well during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Many LDS women are discovering that the Spirit is leading them to birth work and pregnant and birthing LDS women have expressed interest in finding birth workers who share their religious beliefs.

With this in mind, we have created Birthing in Zion, a resource list of LDS midwives, doulas, obstetricians, gynecologists, childbirth educators, lactation specialists & consultants, and other birth workers. Our purpose is to provide a centralized venue where those wanting a care provider who understands their spiritual needs can come to find what they need.

If you would like to be added to the directory, please share the following information in the comments and it will be added to the directory. If you wish to send it by email, please send the following information to


What stake do you live in? Please include city, state and country.

What area do you serve? How far are you willing to travel?

Occupation (midwife, doula, OB, IBCLC, etc.–include applicable organizations (CAPPA, BAI, DONA, etc.) or state “volunteer peer support” if not licensed or certified)

Preferred method of contact (office, home, or cell phone, e-mail, Website (if applicable)

Short Bio (100-200 words) including description of services, experience, philosophy, rates, or anything else you want people to know about you and your work.

Certification is not required but please indicate that in “Occupation.” If you are not certified or licensed in your area, please state that you are “volunteer peer support” or working towards certification.

Please refer any LDS birth workers you know our site and share our information with them so we can get them listed here. The ideal we are working towards is being able to list LDS birth workers in each stake of the church.

If you would like to help maintain and compile the directory, we’re accepting volunteers. Please contact for more information.

To learn more about the history of Midwifery as a calling, enjoy this article over at The Gift of Giving Life.

If you are considering becoming a birth worker, whether midwife, doula, OB, breastfeeding counselor, massage therapist, etc., please visit our Facebook page and ask our community there for their recommendations for education, training and certification in your area.

Cross Post from Its All About the Hat: Purple

Shared with permission from TopHat.

It’s that month for raising awareness of an evil that harms families, children, and costs more than $5.8 billion each year. Less than 1/5 of victims seek medical treatment. 85% of victims are women, with women in the 20-24 age range at greatest risk. One in every 4 women will find themselves a victim at some point in their life. And it is 100% preventable.

It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

I don’t know if the fact that this is completely preventable is something hopeful or disparaging. It’s disparaging because… wow… It’s really bad. Just think of the women in your immediate family as a sample size. 1 in 4. Or on your street, or at your knitting group or church group or on the bus, or in the line at the grocery store. 1 in 4. But on the other hand, there is wonderful potential to bring those numbers down to 0. Every incidence is preventable.

So take this month and donate to your local women’s shelter, as shelter services decrease the incidence and severity of future violence (in the 3-12 month period) more than court or law enforcement or moving to a new place. Check yourself for abusive behavior. Learn and practice nonviolent communication; if we can speak without violence, we can act without violence. Teach your children that it is never ok to hurt another person and how to report abuse to you or another trusted person. Love, love, love.


Image by National Domestic Violence Hotline on flickr  

Sources, Resources, and Links
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Awareness Project
Domestic Violence Fact Sheet
Domestic Violence Resource Center (Oregon)