After finishing my Bachelor's degree and starting a graduate program in another field, I realized one day, quite suddenly, that I wanted to be a midwife. I started a midwifery apprenticeship a few weeks later in January 2011 with a midwife in Arizona. She was my primary mentor for five years, during which time I also worked with 5 other midwives (many more if you count all the amazing mentors and teachers!). Over the last 5+ years I have attended home, birth center and hospital births, and worked with women from all walks of life. Read more about my education here.
In 2012 I co-created a comprehensive child birth education course through my work with the Indie Birth Association. Over the last 5 years I have spoken at universities and conferences, taught parents how to listen to their babies' heartbeats, seen many beautiful babies be born, and created new and exciting resources for pregnant women and other birth attendants.
When I am not doing local birth work and seeing Duluth Midwife clients, I stay busy writing, creating content and communicating with pregnant parents through my work at the Indie Birth Association. In 2016 we also added the monumental task of hosting the 1st annual Indie Birth Midwifery Conference and the first of many Indie Birth Midwifery Skills Workshops. I am so grateful to work with Maryn as part of the Indie Birth team.
But best of all, I was blessed with a daughter in 2014. She was (against all odds) born at home in Oak Creek Canyon on a hot July afternoon and she is the best thing that has ever happened to me. She took my education and passion about birth and mothering to a whole new level that I am so excited to share with my community.
- Margo Nelson