Tara Elrod, CDM

I began my journey into birth work with my own personal journey into motherhood- the birth of my first baby. I emerged from the experience as a mother, but with little feelings of positivity and empowerment. I took a look back at the events and my experience as a whole and realized that I had not been an educated, active participant in the birth of my baby. I thought to myself, “That was not the way it could have been or SHOULD have been. There has to be a better way!” I vowed that I would do things differently the next time around. In seeking my own knowledge and wanting to pass it on to support other women, I became a Childbirth Educator and Doula. I went on to have my second baby- an unrestricted, unmedicated, empowering birth within a hospital. Wanting to have a larger scope of support and care, I went on to complete training and become a Midwife- certified through the State of Alaska, as well as nationally credentialed as a Certified Professional Midwife. I went on to have my third baby- born into the water, in the comfort and safety of my home. I am passionate about midwifery care and supporting families in their journey of growing together and welcoming a new life. I love the intimacy that comes with the relationship that is developed between my clients and myself. It is an honor to be able to support a woman and her family in achieving a healthy pregnancy and a positive, empowering birth experience. I believe and trust in the normal, yet extraordinary, process of pregnancy and birth…While birth is a normal physiological process that a woman’s body is beautifully designed for, it is also the most powerful and transformative time in a woman’s life. As a midwife, my duty and honor is to support the woman during the natural process of childbirth, walking alongside her in the journey, assisting her when needed, and assuring the well-being of her and baby- both physically and emotionally.
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