Hello! I'm Michelle, Traditional Midwife, Lactation Consultant + founder of MUSHABOOM YYC; serving Calgary, Airdrie, Crossfield, Carstairs, Sundre, Olds, Red Deer, Bearspaw, Chestermere + Cochrane.
My inspiration for Mushaboom was born from my own unchartered + transformative journey into motherhood. I am "mama" to a [rad] kiddo, who was born via unnecessary caesarean section [breech] in 2009. In 2019, I welcomed my daughter, after a very transformative + healing wild pregnancy and free birth. My pregnancy and birth with my daughter were fully autonomous and completely outside of the allopathic system. My own personal experiences, as well as acquired wisdom from the collective (my experience witnessing and walking with my siStars), deeply influence my values surrounding pregnancy, birth, + life in general. I feel particularly called to work with wombyn who consciously + unapologetically claim their births as the sacred rites-of-passage that they are; wombyn who desire to birth autonomously and fully in their power.
(Wombyn who choose to free birth after caesarean in particular, have a special place in my heart.)
I am passionate about serving birthing + nursing wombyn in my community--in authentic siStarhood. I have been leading conscious wombyn’s circles in the heart of Calgary [+ in virtual spaces] since 2018.
Traditional Midwifery differs greatly from mainstream Licensed Midwifery in its ideology, scope + core values. I believe that the type of birth keeping I do is exactly what wombyn are hungry for. In each birth that I have witnessed, my role has been different--because the wombyn and their journeys are always different. My intention is hold space for the mother on her vibration; offering support spiritually, emotionally and physically... it is all deeply intuitive. Sometimes I am simply witnessing, other times I’m called to walk with her more closely as she navigates the journey. Holding space really looks like protecting the mother + her sacred birth space energetically, while holding her vision for her birth (sometimes while holding her hand, + sometimes from another room) so that it may unfold without any agenda, interventions or disruptions.
Outside of my passion for birth, my interests include: art (painting + photography), dancing with my kids, studying permaculture, homeopathy, herbalism + mycology, dream + ancestral medicine, wholistic health + wellness... These interests as well as my experience as a child development facilitator, + wholistic studies in Ayurveda + Reiki modalities compliment my practice + deeply inform my work as a sovereign birth keeper.
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"MICHELLE WAS AMAZING DURING THE BIRTH OF MY DAUGHTER. SHE IS VERY KNOWLEDGABLE, PATIENT AND NONJUDGMENTAL AND HER LENDING LIBRARY WAS INVALUABLE. I HAD A HOME BIRTH AFTER CAESAREAN, AND I BELIEVE IF IT WASN'T FOR HER SUPPORTING ME AND MY HUSBAND, I WOULDN'T HAVE GIVEN BIRTH AT HOME THE WAY IT HAPPENED. HIGHLY RECOMMEND."
"MICHELLE WAS WITH US ON OUR JOURNEY FROM WEEK 23. SHE WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE THROUGH MY PREGNANCY AND BIRTH OF OUR DAUGHTER. SHE WOULD LEND LITERATURE, ANSWER ALL SORTS OF QUESTIONS BY TEXT AND SPENT HOURS GOING OVER BIRTH CHOICES, AND COMFORT MEASURES WITH ME. SHE TIRELESSLY WORKED TO SUPPORT MY HUSBAND AND I THROUGH MY OVERNIGHT LABOUR. DURING MY POSTPARTUM TIME, MICHELLE SUPPORTED ME THROUGH BREASTFEEDING CHALLENGES AS WELL. MICHELLE IS KIND, CONSIDERATE AND REASSURING AND HAS A SEEMINGLY INEXHAUSTIBLE REPERTOIRE OF WISDOM PERTAINING TO PREGNANCY, CHILDBIRTH AND INTERRELATED TOPICS. I CAN'T THANK HER MORE FOR HER SUPPORT."
"IT WAS LOVELY SEEING YOU AGAIN AND SO GREAT TO TALK ABOUT THAT INCREDIBLE NIGHT AND DAY OF [MY GRANDSON'S] BIRTH. YOUR VAST KNOWLEDGE AND THE WAY YOU DELIVER IT IN SUCH A CARING AND BEAUTIFUL WAY, IS SOMETHING THAT I GREATLY ADMIRE. I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL TO YOU FOR THE CALMING GUIDANCE YOU PROVIDED TO [MY DAUGHTER] THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE PRENATAL AND BIRTHING PROCESS. YOUR PRESENCE DURING THOSE VERY LONG HOURS LEADING UP TO [MY GRANDSON'S BIRTH] GAVE [MY DAUGHTER] THE CONFIDENCE TO PERSEVERE AND ULTIMATELY DELIVER HER BEAUTIFUL BABY INTO THIS WORLD WITHOUT MEDICAL INTERFERENCE. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE GIFT!! YOU ARE TRULY A PIONEER AND LEADER IN THIS LAND OF WOMEN WHO NO LONGER TRUST THEIR BODIES TO DO SUCH A BEAUTIFUL, NATURAL AND HUGELY IMPORTANT THING. THE WORLD NEEDS MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU."
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