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HARNESSING OUR COLLECTIVE wisdomINTO AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE

Welcome home, midwives. 

I’ve been in your shoes. The eager student, the fresh new midwife, the burnt out business owner. Through it all, I craved community support to balance the passion, profession, and politics of birth work (the patriarchy wasn’t exactly going to smash itself!)

When I couldn’t find the network I needed, I created it… and so the Midwifery Wisdom Collective was born.

We started small and informally, offering the information on litigation, business, self-care, and advanced practice skills I had needed to find for myself initially. As demand grew, I could see there was a real hunger among community midwives for this intimate support. 

A well-supported midwife is a more effective midwife. I found that surrounding myself with a team of trusted experts and mentors allowed my clients to benefit as well.  With my own support network in place, I was more available, confident, and skilled for the families in my care, and I had more time for myself and my family. 

Today, Midwifery Wisdom is authentic community support for midwives everywhere. We’re proud to offer globally-accessible content for every point in your journey:

If you can’t find what you need here, we invite you to help us build it. As a collective, we’re truly about community ownership and collaborative work. 

Midwives deserve to be midwifed. Let us be your soft landing place in your work to make midwifery the standard of care for birthing families worldwide. 

In solidarity,

Augustine Colebrook

Founder, Midwife, Mentor, Muse

MEET THE COLLECTIVE’S CORE TEAM!

THE BEHIND THE SCENES HUMANS THAT HELP BRING IT ALL TO LIFE!

AUGUSTINE COLEBROOK

Founder & Principal Mentor

augustine@midwiferywisdom.com

KESHA ZAFFINO

In-House Legal Counsel

kesha@midwiferywisdom.com

REBEKAH PETERSON

Director of Marketing

bekah@midwiferywisdom.com

MONSERRAT URUEÑA

Graphic Designer

monse@midwiferywisdom.com

JACQUELINE GEORGE

Social Media Manager

jacqueline@midwiferywisdom.com

Chetana Kulkurni

CHETANA KULKURNI

International Event Manager

chetana@midwiferywisdom.com

Catrice Harris

CATRICE HARRIS

Public Relations

catrice@midwiferywisdom.com

KINAYA PETTIFORD

Finance Manager

MELISSA NEALY

Online Event Coordinator

melissa@midwiferywisdom.com

KIMBERLY HAINES

S&D Program Manager

kimberly@midwiferywisdom.com

RAJI K

Director of Operations

raji@midwiferywisdom.com

MEET OUR INCREDIBLE COURSE INSTRUCTORS!

WORKING TOGETHER TO HELP BRING THE UNIQUE WISDOM OF MIDWIFERY TO MORE COMMUNITIES!

AUGUSTINE COLEBROOK, CPM, MA-MCHS

mary jackson

MARY JACKSON, RN, LM, CST, EMT

MORIAH MELIN, CPM, RM

jamarah amani

JAMARAH AMANI, LM

Brittany Thorton midwife

BRITTANY THORNTON, CPM, LM

AMARIEE COLLINS

AMARIEE S. COLLINS, MPA, BS, BSM, CPM, RDMS, RVT

KIMBERLY HAINES, CPM

KRISTINE LAURIA, CPM

MELISSA NEALY, CPM, IBCLC

Metta Mitchell

METTA MITCHELL

KIMBERLY HAINES, CPM

Mentor

KRISTINE LAURIA, CPM

Mentor

MEET OUR AMAZING CERTIFIED MENTORS!

Training the next generation of midwives at our LIVE Skillz & Drillz workshops

Kimberly Haines, CPM, LM

Kimberly is a second generation midwife with a passion for student education. She began attending births in 2004 and quickly recognized the vast shortcomings in women’s healthcare.
She graduated from the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in 2012 with a goal to offer a more empowering approach to prenatal, antenatal and postpartum care in her community. She has since been dedicated to raising the community standard of out-of-hospital care while precepting student midwives to provide exceptional birth options to the expecting families of the Shenandoah Valley. Kimberly has also thrived in the chaos of raising five crazy kids with her equally passionate partner of 22 years.

Sharon Cardenas, CPM, LM

Sharon has a profound passion regarding the transformation a woman goes through during pregnancy and the consumation of birth. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a bachelor’s degree in both Spanish and Latin American Studies. Sharon is a La Leche League leader as well as a breastfeeding mom for nearly 7 years. Sharon is also a scholarship recipient for the Mercy in Action Distance Academics program. She received her certification as a Professional Certified Doula, from toLabor, formerly known as ALACE. In order to best serve mothers in the postpartum period, Sharon also went through training with Postpartum Support Virginia as a volunteer peer supporter as well as DONA as a postpartum doula.

Lisa Rawson, CPM, LM

Lisa Rawson is a Licensed Midwife of CA and CPM and has been working with families for 25 years – educating, empowering, catching babies, and enabling equal access. Her specialty is infusing humor and joy while addressing the hard topics. Her dream is to make various modalities of midwifery care accessible to all. She seeks to restore informed consent and choice through education, social justice and solidarity toward equitable human rights. Outside of Midwifery she enjoys~taking time off, growing her multigenerational family, dancing, cooking, eating, playing games and spending time with her people~some of her favorite things to do. Look her up at Mountain Valley Midwifery in beautiful rural Mendocino County, CA – she loves meeting and connecting with new people in the birth world.

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Wantina Brooks-Roach, CPM, LDEM

Wantina Brooks-Roach CPM, LCPM (she/her) is a traditional midwife located in Florence, Kentucky USA. Wantina became a midwife through traditional apprenticeship models in Indiana and became a CPM through the PEP in 2003. However, licensing was not available until 2020 when the law changed in Kentucky.
Wantina worked with the other midwives and the consumer based organizations in KY to change the law to support midwives and parents choices. Wantina has had 23 students fully complete their PM through her practice and are in practices around the world. There are 13 more students who are in apprenticeship or waiting to pass the NARM exam currently. Wantina has a busy practice with 150-200 families a year doing homebirths and has successfully balanced short term and long term apprenticeships for students who can not find apprenticeships in their area and are willing to travel. She has a full house of teenagers and an amazing husband and a lazy dog that everyone loves. 

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Leslie Cromwell, CNM

Leslie Cornwell is a Certified Nurse Midwife with a drive to empower midwives in their own businesses. She started Midwifery Business Consultation in 2017 because she saw the value and the need for midwifery practices across the country to have a business resource. Through personal experiences, she realized that she didn’t have the business education she needed for her own practice, so she decided to not just get the education, but also create products and services to give other midwives access to the same knowledge. She is passionate about creating automated products and services that can help midwives with questions including creating policies and information on common tax deductions, as well as many other midwifery business related information. The mission and vision for Midwifery Business Consultation is to increase access to midwifery services, to empower midwives to start businesses serving their communities, and to provide educational opportunities for the midwifery profession. Leslie believes midwives should be able to serve more families and not have to work a lot harder.

Kristine Lauria

Kristine Laurie, CPM

Kristine Lauria is an international midwife and currently works for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). She specializes in high-risk maternity care in low-resource environments and is passionate in her support of breech birth, bodily autonomy in medical decision making and is a staunch advocate for undisturbed, physiologic birth. She has attended over 5000 births in more than 25 countries around the world, including many sets of twins and triplets. When not in the field with MSF, she is an instructor with Breech Without Borders and is also their Global Midwifery Director. She lives in Michigan’s upper peninsula with her pug.

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Wendi Cleckner, CPM, LM

Sharon has a profound passion regarding the transformation a woman goes through during pregnancy and the consumation of birth. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a bachelor’s degree in both Spanish and Latin American Studies. Sharon is a La Leche League leader as well as a breastfeeding mom for nearly 7 years. Sharon is also a scholarship recipient for the Mercy in Action Distance Academics program. She received her certification as a Professional Certified Doula, from toLabor, formerly known as ALACE. In order to best serve mothers in the postpartum period, Sharon also went through training with Postpartum Support Virginia as a volunteer peer supporter as well as DONA as a postpartum doula.

Mary Harris, LM, CPM

Mary’s journey to midwifery started because of extreme motion sickness. She thought she was going to be a marine biologist but the inability to even stand on a floating dock without queasiness, ended that path two years into her undergraduate degree. She regrouped, rethought her life path, graduated with a biology degree in therapeutic recreation, and began her career working in traumatic brain injury. She imagined continuing with that path until old age but with the birth of her children, her path changed again. She had two hospital births that were not terrible. And then she had a home birth with her third. It was so different. Her baby didn’t leave her, natural light shone through the window, the post birth shower was delightful, and she felt safe surrounded by my midwives and family. She knew immediately that she wanted to be a midwife. Her midwife knew how she parented and suggested she wait until they were older and that was the best advice ever. Mary graduated from midwifery school in May 2000 and has never regretted her decision to turn her life and career upside down once again. She spends her days in Florida attracting her ideal clients and thoughtfully balancing clinic, births, family, and personal care.

Nikki Williams, CPM, LM

Nikki took the long way to birth work – spending six years in the United States Air Force as an Arabic translator, then five years as a defense contractor in computer forensics. Then she chose to have her first and only baby with midwives, which changed her life. Nikki first trained as a DONA International Certified Doula and also practiced simultaneously as a professional birth photographer. Seven years and four apprenticeships in three countries later she achieved the Certified Professional Midwife title. Nikki’s philosophy on midwifery is heavily influenced by the two years she spent apprenticing under the Yorkshire Storks Independent Midwifery Practice in England. Under their guidance, Nikki was able to witness traditional midwifery practiced with the birthing family’s individual needs and human rights as the only focus, without insurance, arbitrary laws or regulations affecting care decisions. She is currently the President of the Association of Independent Midwives of Maryland, whose current legislative focus is amending state regulations to allow Maryland CPMs to attend homebirth after cesarean. Nikki loves knitting and crochet, eating, and binging television. She has a daughter, two cats, four chickens and a long-suffering husband.

Katie Black, RN, CPM, LM

Katie Black is a Registered Nurse and Student Midwife, awaiting licensure in Virginia. In 2011, when she became a nurse, she started her career on a surgical floor where she gained invaluable knowledge and clinical experience. Perusing her dreams of helping women and babies, she became a doula and Registered Nurse Birth Assistant in 2015. This is where she found her passion for out of hospital birth. Katie has worked with multiple midwifery practices over the years, serving hundreds of families in her community. Wanting to take her career to the next level she decided to become a midwife! In the fall of 2021 she started the PEP process through NARM. Recently Katie was given the opportunity to teach IV skills to student midwives and she fell in love with teaching and sharing her skills. Katie and her husband have four children, two of which were born at home with midwives. Her passions include her faith, her family and expanding the knowledge of out of hospital birth.

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