Dorothy Vandezande, CPM

 

Home birth was a normal part of my growing-up years. Many friends and family members had home births and I always knew I wanted to have my own babies at home. I first considered becoming a midwife when I was 14 and volunteering on the post partum unit of our local hospital. I began reading about and studying midwifery and sitting in on prenatal appointments and classes when I was 16. In 2007 I attended the home birth of a friend from church and the next year I married my (home-born!) husband and started apprenticing as a student midwife at Full Circle Midwifery. Over the next 7 years I studied and attended births and became a mama myself, having 3 of my own babies at home. In 2014 I completed the required studies and clinical experience and took the exam to become a Certified Professional Midwife. I’m grateful to continue to practice with the amazing team at Full Circle. My life is full of wonder and blessing being a wife, homeschool mama, and midwife.

I believe that birth is a normal, wonderful event and should be cherished and respected as something beautiful and holy. I trust birth because I trust in the God Who created mothers and babies and perfectly designed each detail of their bodies and the process. I stand in awe of His glory as Creator and Giver of Life every time I see the miracle of birth, of life, of babies breathing their first breaths, of women becoming mamas and of families growing richer with new life.

I live near Hart with my wonderful husband, Noah, and our 3 beautiful daughters: Amy (2009), Sylvia (2010) and Kate (2013).