meet our student midwives
Your midwifery team at Freedom and the Seed believes in and supports the apprenticeship model for the training of future midwives. We believe that midwifery is an ancient art and “calling,” not just another professional career choice. Classroom learning with intermittent clinical experience would not equip a student properly for relating to clients with individual and unique needs. Apprenticeship is the absolute best model for teaching future midwives continuity of care for clients. Students see clients from the beginning of their pregnancies through birth and postpartum care. They learn to care about the individual, recognizing first-hand that what might be the “right” answer for one woman may not be for another.
We are very careful and selective about the students we choose to participate in our apprenticeship program. It is vital to us that our students share our values and are compatible with our personalities. For this reason, we hope that if you have hired us, you also will like our apprentices. Even though we are careful, we recognize that not every client always will be completely comfortable with every student, which is why we want you to know that you always come first. We encourage you to fill out occasional student evaluation forms which help both the student and our midwifery team know how they are doing and if there are aspects of their skills and/or training that need improvement.
Students always are supervised and they only are allowed to perform midwifery skills that they have been taught. We also only allow the students to interact with clients who are comfortable with them. If at any time you do not feel comfortable with our students, please let us know. It is very important that your needs are met first, and that you feel at ease with our entire staff.
dianah damron de Luna, Apprentice
Amazed and empowered by the homebirth of her first child in 2000, dianah became passionate about providing midwifery care. In 2001, she took Seattle Midwifery School’s Labor Support Course and began attending births as a doula. She then completed a two-year midwifery intensive with a Seattle midwife in 2005.
dianah believes all women deserve quality maternity care, the opportunity to birth with dignity in the manner of their choosing and the right to make fully informed choices. It is her intent that providing women and families with these opportunities will empower parents and lead to a more conscious, compassionate planet. After living in Bangalore in 2006, it became her dream to return to southern India as a midwife to serve impoverished women. In addition to family and birth, she loves growing/cooking/eating food, being outside, and varying modalities of craftiness.
“Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu.”
May everyone in all the worlds be happy and free
and peace be everywhere!
Crystal Pena, Apprentice
Crystal is happily married and the proud mom of four beautiful boys. While she had always found pregnancy and birth beautiful and fascinating, it was after the birth of her second son in 2007 she realized she was experiencing a calling to work with women and their families during their childbearing years. In February 2010, she took the first step on her path to becoming a midwife and attended the DONA Labor Support Course for Birth Doulas at the Simkin Center for Birth Vocations at Bastyr University in the Seattle area. She began serving families through her work as a birth doula and continues to do so today. In May of 2010, Crystal and her family moved from Washington to Phoenix and she began a midwifery apprenticeship later that same year. Her goal as she serves each family is that as they welcome their new child their experience is empowering, beautiful, loving, and full of joy. Crystal is an aspiring herbalist and loves making beautiful and nourishing teas, as well as other handcrafted herbal remedies and personal care products. She enjoys cooking and is always on the hunt for the next good read to feed her love of books.