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Lisa and Baby

Beginnings

Having earned my BA from the University California Santa Cruz in 1998, I traveled and worked overseas in different countries.  I have been honored to be immersed in other cultures and to have worked alongside a plethora of different people.

In essence, Shiloh Midwifery began in 2002 while I was working for a relief and development organization in an impoverished nation. While living there, I saw many physical needs and began praying that God would show me how I could help meet these needs.

Training

Upon returning to the United States, I enrolled in a midwifery program and then moved to the Philippines to work in a maternity center in an urban slum area. During this time, I realized that I have a passion for midwifery, and I knew that God had blessed me with the best career I could ever want. I completed my practical training with a busy midwife in the Los Angeles area doing home and birth center births. I was trained in the apprenticeship model of education and by a handful of experienced midwives.

Lisa and Mother in Manilla

I graduated from the National College of Midwifery with an Associates Degree in the Science of Midwifery, received licensure by the Medical Board of California, and certification by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM).

As a midwife dedicated to learning and being a part of the larger midwife community, I am a member of the following midwifery associations: MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America), NARM and CAM (California Association of Midwives). I believe in and practice according to the Midwives Model of Care and am committed to working alongside fellow midwives, growing and learning together.

I am trained in “normal” birth and to recognize anything that deviates from this path in pregnancy or during the birth process. I am certified in adult CPR, neonatal resuscitation, and I carry oxygen and anti-hemorrhagic pharmaceutical drugs.

Lisa Showalter

Photograph by Deidre Lorenzo

Philosophy of Birth

I believe women are fully capable of giving birth. I see that it is not easy but that it is a labor of great fulfillment. I believe that each woman is an individual and her birth will likewise be so. I believe that childbirth is a family-centered event and is a foundation of your growing family. Pregnancy and birth are awesome journeys and to conceive, carry and give birth to your child is a great gift from God.

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“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers ~ strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”

~Barbara Ratz Rothman