It is so inspiring and exciting to be living and practicing in a time when women and families have so many different options to choose from when it comes to their care through pregnancy, birth and beyond. From hospital, to birth center, to home the options are wide open! Here at Blue Columbine Birth, Christie Sheffer RM, CPM strives to offer families compassionate and comprehensive care that makes the pregnancy and birth journey a truly special, empowering and amazing experience.
One of the most important things to Christie is making sure that each family feels that their unique needs are met in a way that makes them feel well attended and safe! By keeping a small practice, limiting the amount of clients each month, Christie is sure that she will have the clinical time and emotional energy to put into every one of her clients. Christie builds up a strong, close and individualized relationship with the families that she works with. Being passionate about her own family life and realizing how important it is for her to be present for them helps her to understand exactly how important it is to be fully present for each of her clients. Many of her clients have commented that Christie becomes more than just a clinical care provider, she becomes a friend of the family.
Another passion for Christie in her midwifery journey is the powerful healing that can happen through birth. She has a special place in her heart and in her practice for families that have experienced birth trauma, for single mothers and for those whose journey has been rocky. Her office is a safe place to express needs, hopes, fears, desires and dreams. She cares deeply about creating a birth space with her families that allow for vulnerabilities to be respected and honored.
Christie strongly believes that birth is a family experience! It is much more than just a woman having a baby. Especially if that woman has children! Christie finds great joy in helping a family teach their children about the process of growing and birthing their sibling. Christie not only welcomes siblings at a birth, if that is the desire of their parents’, but relishes in normalizing birth to facilitate a family friendly environment. Fathers or partners are welcomed and encouraged to join in at each and every step of the labor and to participate in the delivery of the baby if they so wish! Families come in all shapes and sizes and Christie feels that no member of the family should feel marginalized through the birth experience. In her many years of birth work, Christie has heard many spouses lament about feeling ignored, unnecessary and pushed aside during the delivery of the baby and she wants to be a part of putting an end to that feeling!
The days following the birth are truly special and often scary days! Especially for first time parents. Christie is well aware of the exhaustion and vulnerability of this delicate time. Therefore, she is on call by phone 24/7, as she is through the entire pregnancy process, for any and all questions. She also offers comprehensive home care by setting up 3 in home post partum visits in the first week to help the new family settle in and heal together.
Pregnancy, birth and those early weeks with a new baby are such a crucial and life changing time. Christie never wants her clients to feel that the experience happened to them, but instead to feel like educated, active participants at every step along the way. If, at the end of the final Post Partum visit a client can walk out of the door of her office feeling that they are empowered, educated, loved and confident then Christie feels that she has been true to her calling.