The following is a lsit of the care team that you will have access to with Gold Country Midwifery:
Chelsea Bryan, Mom, student midwife, Childbirth educator
Katie Damota, Mom, IBCLC
Ashlle Sakashi-Griffiths, Ayurvedic practitioner, Post Partum Doula
Chelsea Bryan, Student Midwife, Childbirth Educator, and Doula
My passion for homebirth midwifery began when I was pregnant with my first child at 22. After his birth, I was so amazed by the journey of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, that I began to study everything I could get my hands on. My interest led to an apprenticeship with local midwives, Alison Osborn and Cindy Foxfoot. The year I spent with them grounded me in the truth that birth is a natural and normal event in a woman’s life. I continued to pursue midwifery licensure by completing a three month internship at Casa De Nacimiento, a birth center on the border of El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. While I was there, I participated in countless prenatals, well woman and newborn exams and attended births as a primary midwife (all in Spanish!). Upon returning home to my husband, I immediately became pregnant and over the next two years I birthed two more of my own babies in my own bed and put my midwifery goals on hold. I wanted to dedicate my time to being a full time mother to my three young children.
As my children have become older and more independent, I began attending births as a doula for friends and family. Soon, strangers were calling me and I expanded my doula practice. I believe doulas offer a key component of modern maternity care. I have a passion for teaching and empowering birth families. I created the “Embracing Birth” and “Ready, Steady, Birth!” childbirth class series and I teach monthly at the NEST in Grass Valley.
As I approached my 40th birthday, I asked myself, “What next?”. The answer was clear, get back to homebirth midwifery! Currently, I am enrolled in the National Midwifery Institute with plan to complete my academic and clinical requirements in 2017. I began attending homebirths again as an assistant midwife with Dania Shelton, LM in August of 2014. As an advanced midwifery student, I am actively participating in and providing midwifery care under Dania’s guidance. Through academic study, professional conferences, renewing clinical skills and neo-natal resuscitation and providing evidence-based care, my goal is to help babies come into the world, safely, skillfully and naturally, and to help new parents bloom into healthy families.
After attending over 200 births, in homes, hospitals, birth centers, I can declare with confidence my beliefs.
“Birth is transformative. Women are strong.
Men are tender. Babies are intelligent.”
Katie DaMota, IBCLC
She and her husband are raising their son Joaquin in Nevada County. They enjoy the slower pace after being in the Bay Area for many years.
Ashlee Sakaish-Griffiths, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Post partum Doula