Indie Birth provides an innovative option for pregnant and birthing women who want to expand what they know and believe. Most information for pregnant women is watered down and oversimplified. We know that you are smarter than that. We offer concrete knowledge, ancient wisdom and current research so women can make choices with full awareness, from the full spectrum of choices. Similarly, we provide education and innovative ideas for the modern midwife. Midwifery has become over-medicalized, taking us far from the knowledge, support, power and wisdom that women NEED in order to birth and mother. We want to foster a community of midwives that serve families from a valuable “out of the box” , well-rounded and intelligent perspective.
Maryn Green, CPM/Traditional Birth Attendant
My journey into birth actually began with the birth of my first child, albeit in a hospital. I did not even know that homebirth was an option, but I was frustrated with the hospital experience I ended up having. With my second child, I was introduced to the idea of birthing at home by my doula, who could see no other option for me- given how “stuck” I was on wanting things to be unhindered, uncomplicated and the safest, most loving experience for my baby.
Needless to say, my homebirth was everything I needed and wanted, as a woman and a mother. I have gone on to have four more midwife attended births, TWO amazing freebirths/unassisted births and one late miscarriage at home. I am passionate about helping to INFORM women, to educate them and support them on their path; and to help them make their own decisions both before, during and after birth. I strive to strike the balance between what I know intellectually and what I “know” intuitively.
I believe that birth is inherently safe, and that most women and babies are more than capable and willing to be born without a lot of fiddling from someone else. I support women that would like a “Midwife” in the purest sense of the word. I believe that women know how to birth and that babies know how to be born. In this culture, sometimes we need to be reminded of our power and our potential as women. I cannot give anyone empowerment; I only try and show you a reflection of what is already right inside of you. I feel divinely lucky to be a part of the life cycle so intimately.
I was educated in the apprenticeship model, and completed a 4 year apprenticeship beginning in Chicago and ending in Arizona. I’ve completed formal midwifery studies and obtained a midwifery license in Arizona. As a result, I had my own homebirth midwifery practice, Red Rock Midwifery as an Arizona Licensed Midwife from 2009-2012. I have held the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification since 2009.
After 3 years as a medical midwife (licensed midwife), I saw very clearly that my birth philosophy and my role in women’s lives no longer fit into the “licensed midwife” model. In my opinion, this model uses outdated research evidence (as well as cultural myths!) to create rules and regulations that determine where women are “allowed” to birth and with whom. Ironically, these regulations do not ensure safety nor do they protect women or babies. I believe so strongly that pregnancy and birth are natural, private events, and that the government should have little to no involvement in these decisions. I do maintain current certifications in Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR and haven’t left behind any of the knowledge, expertise and experience I gained as a licensed midwife. In fact, I believe the bar is much higher now, and I continue to study and learn and ask questions every day of my life. I no longer practice as a “licensed midwife” in Arizona but prefer the term “traditional birth attendant” or even “birthkeeper”.
Women deserve a birth option that is NOT black and white. “Medicalized midwifery”, hospital birth and freebirth are NOT the only options. We provide an option that integrates support, love, knowledge, research and intuition, and allows women to birth at home with the most comprehensive support available.
I believe the great Jeanne Parvati Baker illustrates my point most clearly:
“I coined the term
— to marry EARTHKEEPERS and BIRTH
EarthKeeper is a word
as well as holders of the sacred Earth-based wisdoms.
Midwives can be the same,
yet the term “Midwife” has been usurped by MEDwives
and other medically-based perinatal professionals.
At this point in time on Turtle Island,
Midwifery is an endangered species.
Too many Midwives
have identified with the oppressor,
learned to speak the conquerers language,
and otherwise been vanquished to emerge as
In other words,
many Midwives have given up being
guardians and keepers of natural birth at home,
in order to survive as professionals.”
In that light, we do not offer “midwifery services” but that of birth consultants, birthkeepers, birth attendants..or whatever else you want to call it. Women guides have also been available to other women during birth and we are honored to carry on this ancient tradition.
We also provide classes and one-on-one consultations (in person, Skype or phone) for private members only.
The private membership association I founded is called the Indie Birth Private Contract Association. We are a collective group of women that support women’s choices in birth, and we have varying education and support levels depending on what you require. I believe that birth is about the women; the mothers and their babies, not about the midwives or the doctors. Women own birth. As I watch women take back birth on a daily basis, a little part of my soul gets renewed. I have hope for birth and for our future generations to be born in love, peace and kindness.
In addition, I am the co-founder of the Indie Birth Midwifery School, a school that is creating more midwives that truly serve the families. I co-direct the annual Indie Birth Midwifery Conference, and somehow find time to continue to attend homebirths both here in Northern Arizona and around the world. I am a lifelong student, always learning; I graduated from AAMI in 2012 with honors.
I live with my husband of 17 years and our 9 children. Life is good!
Margo Nelson, Birth Attendant
I came to the world of pregnancy, birth and babies by way of serendipity and a deep inner calling before ever being pregnant myself. During my college years, I was focused on the history and strategies of social justice activism, women’s personal and collective empowerment, and the development of my personal vision for a healthy, sustainable and just community. Then, in my first semester of graduate school, I began intensely studying the legislation of midwifery and mothers’ childbirth choices in the US from a reproductive rights perspective.
As I learned more about the current state of pregnancy and birth, I saw very clearly the ways in which the state, the medical world, and the powers that be are actively trying to control and subdue the elemental forces of pregnancy and childbirth. I saw that like anything powerful and meaningful, pregnancy and birth were being watered down, and made to fit into the current societal mold.
I quickly realized that rather than writing academic papers about all of this, I wanted to be help spread the truth about women’s power in birth, and about the incredible revolutionary potential of empowered childbirth.
So I caught the birth bug, met Maryn, and started joining her on all kinds of birthy adventures. I haven’t been able to stop reading, talking or writing about birth since (remember this before inviting me to dinner!).
Near the end of my apprenticeship (as one of my final projects 🙂 ), my partner Russell and I welcomed our own baby, Celosia Pearl in our funky little trailer in Oak Creek Canyon.
After 5 years of apprenticing and lots of hemming and hawing I began calling myself a traditional midwife in the spring of 2016. Shortly after, my family moved to Duluth, Minnesota where I started my midwifery practice Duluth Midwife.
I believe (and the science shows!) that birth is safest for mother and baby when left undisturbed. I also believe that the family and the community should honor birth on every level – as a physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social event. As communities, we should be concerned about the mother-baby’s bonding and attachment, the breastfeeding relationship and long-term health and well being.
I absolutely love witnessing and learning from women as they expand their own power through empowered birth, and I know in my heart that these transformations have the potential to change the world!!!
The Indie Birth Private Contract Association has established its mission to provide its members with holistic care and education throughout pregnancy and beyond. We work to provide our members with the knowledge, education, resources, supplies and support required to plan a homebirth in Northern Arizona…or anywhere in the world.
The Association’s intentions include empowering women to gather the resources they require to make decisions regarding their pregnancy, birth and life that are in alignment with their internal truth.
A Membership Organization Built on Private Contract
The nature of the current world system is such that most of us go through life attached to a corporate, statutory public jurisdiction. This means that, by our consent, our freedoms are purposely curtailed for the enrichment and control of others.
This is a system designed to entrap each individual into a life of debt enslavement and bonded servitude.
We have established our membership organization under the rights of private contract and our right for private and free association.
Within that jurisdiction, we are not subject to corporate/statutory codes, ordinances and statutes and are free to associate within our private contractual agreements and to work in pursuit of fulfilling our mission.
This includes the freedom for members to request traveling birth attendant services for women that want us to attend their births, anywhere in the world (schedule allowing of course).
The Indie Birth Private Contract Association, held within the Green River Society and Private Contract Association is an extension of the expressed mission and purpose of the PanTerra D’Oro Private Society, established on March 20, 2001 as a private mission society, and the PanTerra D’Oro, A Corporation Sole, Office of the Overseer.