- Active with The Farm Midwifery Center since 1982
- Over 1000 births
- Lab Director, Plenty International, Guatemala, 1978-1980
- Valedictorian, Columbia State College School of Nursing, 1995
- Director of Midwifery Program for Plenty Belize, 2000
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Williamson Medical Center, 2005-2013
- Founder of the Awakening Birth web site and podcast
After receiving her certification and working with The Farm Midwifery Center for a number of years, Deborah worked with Plenty International, serving as the director of a midwifery and childbirth education program, conducting trainings for 12 Mayan women from 10 different villages in the highland region of southern Belize.
In addition to teaching IV Therapy and other classes for The Farm Midwifery Center, Deborah has been one of the primary instructors for the Neonatal Resuscitation Class.
Deborah served on the board of Midwife International, a nonprofit organization that partners with established clinics and professional midwives to provide leadership and midwifery training opportunities abroad.
In 2013, Deborah left her employment at Williamson Medical Center to return full time to midwifery and The Farm Midwifery Center. Deborah’s years as a neonatal intensive care nurse have given her valuable skills much appreciated and utilized by her midwife partners on The Farm.
In 2016, Deborah partnered with Ibu Robin Lim, CNN Hero of the Year 2011, to create Awakening Birth web site and podcast. The web site is a resource for mothers-to-be and their care providers, delivering comprehensive information and guidance for all stages of pregnancy and birth. The podcast is your opportunity to hear directly from Deborah and Robin on a variety of birth subjects, addressing issues such as the safety of home birth and dealing with fear.
Visit my page and The Farm Midwifery Center page on Facebook.
Contact Deborah: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Students:
Thank you so much for your teaching and wisdom.
Thank you so much for taking the time to teach, inspire, and encourage me at the Midwife Assistant Workshop. It was such an honor to learn from you – not just technical skills, but also your compassion and honest love for women and babies. It was so incredible and selfless of you to help us students begin our journey. I am forever grateful for the opportunity you gave me. Thank you for setting a pathway to help midwifery grow.
Lady, you are a joy. Your presence is so peaceful, so gentle, and so very, truly good. You have a teacher’s heart-actions, warm, compassionate, and selfless. You have a midwife’s soul – full of grace, Stardust, and devotion. It was an honor to be your student, to be in your company, and to finally meet a woman whose impact on my life has been huge and total. I hope very much that our paths cross again – I am a better person for having spent time with you, and I am so deeply grateful for the time and love that you showed and gave to each one of us. You are so very special to me. Thank you.
Sarah and baby Levon
Thank you for your wisdom, sharing your experience, your wonderful teaching, your kindness, and embracing laughter in your classroom. Your grace and poise are inspiring. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to learn from you.
From the Producers of Birth Story, the movie:
A note of sincere thanks to view for your participation and support of birth story. We are so grateful and hope you will enjoy the “extra feature” on Plenty that we were alas unable to include in the movie (but happily are able to share with the audience through the DVD.) I think the compassion and tenderness you show in that segment will motivate many to look outside themselves and ask what they can do to help women and babies and other countries. Please keep us posted with updates on your work – we’re happy to promote and share with our Facebook fans!
Much love, Sarah and Mary
Thank you so much for creating such a welcoming, heart warming environment for us aspiring midwifery assistant students. All your classes that you taught shed much needed light in the realm of midwifery. I especially enjoyed the breastfeeding class that you taught. Learning about the best positions for new moms to hold their infants highlighted how the hospital that I shadowed in Kenya needs more postpartum support and available information for new mothers. It was an honor learning from you and I can say from the bottom of my heart that you are truly inspirational!
With love, Ginger