With our birth team, you are in good hands!
Latonia Westerfield, Student Midwife
My first introduction to birth was witnessing my mother labor with my little sister. I’d never seen someone so beautiful, strong, and vulnerable all wrapped into one. I remember the emotions, smells and sounds—deep, ancient, and primordial—that captivated me. This process was made even sweeter by the new human being who entered the world—tiny, pink, wailing, and a sight to behold! When I was pregnant with my girls, I would vividly recall my sister’s birth, and I looked forward to experiencing the wonders of birth and motherhood. It was through these personal experiences that I discovered a power and resiliency that I did not know I possessed. Birth is a powerfully transformative force and an everyday miracle!
These experiences led me down the path of birth work, first as an anthropology student studying maternity health outcomes, then as a doula and childbirth educator. I am now a midwifery student at Birthwise Midwifery School (located in Maine), where I have completed my academic work and have entered my primary experience.
My philosophy surrounding midwifery care is informed by the deep belief that midwifery care is a safe and empowering option for pregnant people and families that leads to healthier babies, families, and communities. I approach midwifery care from the perspective of birth and reproductive justice. All pregnant people, families, and communities deserve to have community-based midwives that provide them with care that is evidence-based and culturally appropriate. And this rings especially true for families and communities that have been historically marginalized and are currently lacking representation in modern midwifery care.
I am excited to continue to grow as a midwife and to learn from and alongside Crystal! I am a homeschooler of my five daughters, I love to cook and bake, and enjoy spending time at the beach with my family.