Hello! My name is Jayme and I live in Boise, Idaho with my husband and 8 children. I am currently a doula and birth photographer. I am also a student midwife at Midwives College of Utah and I co-host a podcast called “Mindful Birth, Peaceful Earth”.
My love for all things birth began 23 years ago when I was pregnant with my 1st son. I was so prepared for labor and delivery but no one explained to me how everything would change the minute they laid him in my arms. I was a mother! I was overcome with a love that I had never experienced before.
During that pregnancy I was fortunate to take a childbirth class from a woman who was passionate about normal, physiological birth. She taught us all about the hormones of birth, and how interventions can interfere with the process of birth. I was fascinated by what she was teaching. I was only 18 years old and she became my first mentor in childbirth. I will never forget her telling us the story of bringing handcuffs to the hospital, and handcuffing her husband to the bed (her children were born in a time when partners weren’t allowed in the room).
I have been fortunate to give birth in 3 different states, in hospital and at home. I have also given birth in Germany and in Doha, Qatar (middle east). I have experienced so many different types of care, but was able to have all unmedicated, vaginal births. I feel so strongly that birthing people should be able to birth where they choose, because I had 2 home births in a country that was illegal. I had an amazing midwife that agreed to attend these births, even though we both risked being kicked out of the country. I will forever be grateful to her for encouraging me to trust my body and my baby, and to rely on my instincts to give birth. She is one of the biggest reasons I decided to become a midwife.
“You are a midwife, assisting at someone else’s birth. Do good without show or fuss. Facilitate what is happening rather than what you think ought to be happening. If you must take the lead, lead so that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge. When the baby is born, the mother will rightly say: “We did it ourselves!” – From The Tao Te Ching