Christie Sheffer, RM, CPM | Midwife Colorado Springs CO
“As a Certified Professional Midwife and Registered Midwife, I am so blessed to walk with families as they embark on life’s biggest journeys. Being able to offer support and an experienced, watchful eye to birthing families is an amazing experience for which I am thankful every day!” — Christie
I first became interested in birth when I found myself pregnant at the young age of 21. I had never given much thought to childbirth and how I would walk that road, assuming I had years before that would ever be my journey. But I knew intuitively that I didn’t want to be told what my body could and couldn’t do by a medical professional.
I wanted to give birth to my child, not simply have him taken out of my body while I was incapacitated. So I followed and ad in the yellow pages (yes, it was that long ago – there was no Google!) and was blessed to meet Ginny Witty.
She was one of the first doulas in Colorado Springs and taught a really wonderful and comprehensive natural childbirth class. Her class opened my eyes to many things that I would never have even thought to research and I believe if she had had a couple more months with me, she would have easily convinced me to take the leap into having a home birth.
But being young and alone and still governed by a degree of fear and mistrust in my own ability to birth, I remained with my hospital birth. In the end, it was quite lovely and I am glad that I had the experience.
Pregnancy and Birth awakened something in me.
I felt a new purpose in my life through this massive, awesome experience. As soon as my son was old enough, I began attending births with Ginny and learning from her how to be a doula. In 1999, I attended my first home birth with her and knew immediately that I was a midwife waiting for the right time to begin!
I learned under Ginny and various midwives many skills to enhance my doula career. I became a monitrice – in other words, I was a doula who would offer basic clinical skills to my clients such as fetal heart tone monitoring, vital sign checks, cervical exams – so that they could labor at home as long as possible before heading to the hospital.
I also assisted home birth midwives whenever possible! After having two more babies of my own – both blissfully born at home – and making my way through college at Colorado College, I knew it was time to begin my true apprenticeship. At this time, I had attended upwards of 200 births, many of them home births. I began apprenticeship in earnest under Laura Luckett in 2009 and worked with her until she retired.
I completed my training under Jan Eklund and Merrie MacDowell and became licensed in 2013 having attended nearly 100 more home births – acting as the primary midwife under supervision at many of them. It was so eye opening to work with several different midwives. They each had their own styles and brought a different flavor to my education. I was able to shape my practice by taking and leaving things from each midwife. These amazing women opened my mind and heart in very unique ways.
Midwifery is an art that has been passed down from midwife to student for centuries. I was lucky to receive all of my training in just this time honored way. I took a long, slow path – knowing that the seriousness of this work demands diligence and patience. The time that I spend with families walking into parenthood, whether for the first or 10th time, is so sacred and important!
I completed all of my training for home birth in the home setting knowing that I would be most successful training exclusively in the demographic where I would be functioning. This way, once licensed I was already used to being the one to receive late night phone calls, I was ready to act quickly in emergencies without a team around me, I understood what it meant to walk with a client from the first prenatal visit to the final post partum goodbye.
I became my calling: A homebirth midwife.
It is my goal to run a sustainable and joyful practice for many years. I am achieving this goal by keeping my practice small! I know without a doubt that this is the way I will be able to offer the best and most attentive care to my clients for years to come.
I only accept 3 clients/month.
This not only decreases significantly the risk of missing births due to being at another birth, but allows me to be 100% present for the needs of my lovely families. In the final months of my apprenticeship, working under several midwives, I attended 6-10 births/month. I found myself getting overwhelmed and wanting to rush through each birth for fear of missing the next one.
I am so glad that I had this experience! It taught me that this is not the kind of midwife I want to be! I want to arrive at a birth and be there with all of my heart! And that is how I have built my practice. This work is simply too important to rush!
What Kind of Midwife am I?
I have only delivered three babies. They were my own children. What I have done as a midwife and will continue to do is to support and assist mothers as they deliver their own babies. This birth is your birth; not mine.
I want to get to know you, to fall in love with your family with you; I want to be there for you in your times of birthing need. I want to laugh through the joy and weep through the struggle with you, but I don’t want to take an inch of it from you. I want to enhance your story, not tell it for you! I do not want to be your hero and I don’t ever want you to think you couldn’t have done it without me!
What I do want is to hold space for you to deliver your baby. I will honor your needs and deepest desires. I will not guarantee how your birth will go, but I will work my hardest for you to make your birthing dreams come true.
I want to ease your fears and help you find your own power, no matter what happens, I want you to walk away from your birth feeling stronger than you ever have! This journey belongs to your family. I simply want to be the one to help.