WomanWise was birthed as a labor of love in 1987. I was drawn into midwifery through the births of my own children, and the births of my grandchildren are what keep me on this path, as well as the other women and families WomanWise serves.
I am committed to compassionate, women-centered care in which both midwife and mother are actively engaged in the decision-making process. I believe that pregnancy and birth are healthy and normal events in a woman’s life. As a midwife I offer my skills, experience and attention as well as my deep trust in and respect for the birth process. I feel that it is my honor and responsibility to nurture and hold the space for the women I serve so that they can do the work of birth during their journeys into motherhood.
I recognize that during pregnancy, women experience great physical, emotional, social and spiritual changes, and it is my intention to support women and families in this time of transformation. I expect that mothers choosing homebirth are willing to take responsibility for their own health and well-being and that of their baby.
It is my hope that in doing so, women will discover the power and potential that birth holds, and carry it with them throughout their lives. I also believe that we need more midwives in this country and so I am committed to the apprenticeship model of midwifery training and to working with students in my practice.
With your permission and under supervision, a student will participate in your care throughout your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period.
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"When I came to Karen, I was 5 months pregnant with my first child and had just moved to a new state. No family, no friends, just me & my husband. I was anxious about meeting my baby, intimidated by all of the information and the many decisions that need to be made before baby even gets here and a little scared.
In that 3 months, Karen went above and beyond to ensure I was comfortable, armed with information that would assist me in making the decisions that were right for my family and cared for my overall well-being; not just the pregnancy. Karen made sure to tell me about fun things to do in the area & organic/natural places to eat. She would call & check on me from time to time- all of which helped so much with keeping the blues away.
I can never thank Karen enough for all that she's done for my family. She saw me through the births of both of my children, and has taken on a role of surrogate mom/grandma. We may not see her often, but my children know who Karen is, and we love her!
Midwife. Teacher. Friend. We are forever grateful."
~Aja, Augustus, Adonis, Kamaal
"This was my first pregnancy and a time of anxiety as well as anticipation. I had so many questions to ask, so many niggling worries and while I knew the kind of birth I wanted, I didn’t know how to make it a reality.
Karen immediately put me at ease with her calm professionalism. She was supportive of my needs and provided a reassuring presence throughout my pregnancy, the birth and postpartum."
~Elizabeth, Mother of Scarlet
"I feel so blessed to have found Karen before the birth of my first child. Her confidence in me as a birthing woman and trust in the birthing process gave me the courage to prepare for a peaceful birth at home.
As a result, both of my sons have enjoyed beautiful births in the loving and calm environment of our home as their first experience of this world.
I cherish these memories, and my heart is forever grateful to women like Karen who work to allow women the freedom to birth at home.
For this is the place which most honors the needs and expectations of the incarnating spirit."
~April Coburn, Mother of Two Beautiful Boys
"I could not imagine trusting my birth to anyone else. I watched my mother give birth to 5 of my 8 siblings, each one a very different and beautiful experience.
Watching her strength in birth helped me determine that I would have my own children at home. After observing and experiencing birth first hand from such an early age I learned that I could trust my own body and mind to deliver my babies.
I also got to see her work with women in such a confident, respectful and knowledgeable manner and knew from a young age she would be my midwife."
The root of our philosophy
"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
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Karen Webster, CPM
"As a midwife, I find that I have come full circle in the ways that I approach birth, mothers and the families I serve. As a younger midwife, in retrospect, it seemed I was always busy doing something; trying to jump in and guide without always giving time for the woman to get her bearings on her birth journey. After attending births for [over] 30 years, I believe even more today, that BIRTH WORKS and BABIES COME OUT. It’s most often that simple! I am at hand to facilitate, guide, and nurture, but primarily I wait and watch, allowing the laboring woman to find her way through to birth in her own power."