Angie is a homebirth midwife in Cleveland, Ohio. She began attending births after completing the DONA doula certification program in 2004. In 2006, after “catching” her niece a new passion was born… midwifery.
While looking for a midwife to train her, she began studying on her own and traveled to Tennessee to attend an apprenticeship workshop at "The Farm".
Angie was traditionally trained through the apprenticeship model of midwifery education. She gained a well-rounded education by apprenticing with three different midwives, all of whom taught her rich, invaluable lessons. She is extremely grateful to each of them for the time and energy they gave to her. Angie completed her apprenticeship in 2011.
To add to her training, Angie became a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in 2011. She is also certified in Neonatal Resuscitation, Adult and Infant CPR, and AED for Healthcare Providers.
Angie has been a part of her state midwifery organization, the Ohio Midwives Alliance, since 2008. She is currently serving as Membership Chair, Newsletter Editor and as a member of the Accountability Board.
She resides in Old Brooklyn with her wonderfully supportive husband of 12 years, Erich. Together they have three boys, two cats and a dog.
Angie is extremely grateful to the Lord for putting the calling of midwifery on her life. It is an honor to be invited to each and every birth she attends.
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.'"
From a young age Angela has been drawn to birth. At the birth of her own daughter she learned how important the right support is to a laboring woman. That experience lead her to become a doula.
Angela attended her DONA International training in 2012 and is in the process of completing her certification. She attends births as a doula in both hospital and home birth settings.
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth(s), labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.*
She is also enrolled in the Birth Arts Breastfeeding Educator's course and is working towards becoming a Lactation Consultant, she is also certified in Neonatal Resuscitation.
Angela and her husband, Matt, reside in North Ridgeville. Together they have a beautiful daughter, Natalie and are expecting a new babe in December!
* www.dona.org, 2005. Web. 4/2013