including attendance of home births and doula support in the hospital. Both options include personalized prenatal and postpartum/newborn care by an experienced, compassionate midwife.
I began my journey of midwifery in 2001. I was attending the University of Texas at Austin for a degree in music performance, but soon became restless as I felt there was something else I was supposed to pursue. I began to read any midwifery text I could find, I took women’s studies/health classes, and began listening to more stories from my grandmother telling of her great-grandmother who was a midwife to her small community. Thus, I began my path of midwifery, and though I left my life as a symphonic performance musician, I discovered that midwifery, birth, and music can be beautifully intertwined; for both require an art form of listening and appreciating the moment and what is happening before you. I believe that birth is an intricate balance between a woman’s emotional and physical states, and her surroundings. When women feel well supported in their pregnancy and labor, their body and baby labor harmoniously and the experience can be joyous, healing and transformative.
My studies began through the Association of Texas Midwives midwifery training program. This is a grassroots program, created by midwives, and includes extensive didactic home study and workshops along with the required clinical apprenticeship. During my time of study to become a midwife, I was blessed with the birth of my beautiful, lively son, Sage, lovingly born at home in 2003. I graduated the Association of Texas Midwives program and became licensed through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) licensing exam in 2005. In 2006 my son and I made the big move to Alaska and have been enjoying the raw beauty, wildlife, community, snow (and even the rain) ever since! I worked at The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center as full time midwife and student director from 2007-2012 before deciding to move on in my path and in July of 2012 I began MotherWise, offering home birth to the Juneau and Southeast Alaska community.
Throughout my training and experience as a midwife I have been fortunate to serve women of
many different backgrounds. In my midwifery practice I strive to support and guide women as they make choices toward a healthy pregnancy and a safe, gentle childbirth experience. My intention is to provide a space that allows the mother and family to have their personal experience with the knowledge, guidance and safekeeping of a well trained midwife. I believe that gentle birth is a powerful, yet subtle way to bring peace, joy and harmony into our world, one child at a time.
Contact: Lorna Mazoff, CDM. Tel: 907-209-5871. Email: lorna[at]motherwisebaby.com.