“The moment a child is born,
the mother is also born. She never existed before.
The woman existed, but the mother, never.
A mother is something absolutely new.” ~Rajneesh
“My experience with Stella during my pregnancy was exemplary! Stella is genuinely concerned, not only about the health and well being of your baby, but about the mother as a whole-mind, body, and spirit. I can’t even explain how important it was for me to have someone support me so much during such a big life transition. She was so supportive and caring, and cried with me during trying emotional times. She uplifted my spirit, and put a smile on my face when I felt down. Also, Stella offers a world of knowledge with her herbs. I have always been interested in herbs and she is a wonderful teacher. I was truly impressed how well they worked, saving me and my little boy from colds, etc. Stella attended my birth,and was very kind, patient and knowledgeable helping me bring my 11 lb 5 oz girl into the world in less than 6 hrs in the comfort of my home. Stella is one in a million,and I feel blessed that she was a part of my birthing experience!” -H.C., Eagle River
“I had a chance encounter with Stella when I was about 3 months pregnant, and just knew she was the one for us. During my pregnancy she really helped me get to the root of my ailments to where I was not sick any longer. I was pretty tuned into myself once she got to my birth, so all I remember is how her hands never left my body, and how everything she said was exactly what I needed to hear. Stella was a priceless asset to my son’s birth and I contribute a lot of my beautiful, uncomplicated, home, water birth to her. She even inspired me to become a doula myself!” -K.G., Anchorage
“Stella embodies everything that I love about the midwifery model of care. She is knowledgeable, compassionate, listens well, loves mamas and babies, and truly has their best interests in mind.
She is also an excellent herbalist and had many suggestions for pregnancy-related issues I was having. However, Stella is never pushy, just offers what she thinks would work and leaves it up to the mama to decide what is best. She is knowledgeable without being overbearing.
One of the things I appreciated most about Stella was her relaxed, kind demeanor. Her presence during the birth of my daughter was very calming. She made sure my daughter was as close to me as possible and that we weren’t separated after the birth and during post-partum checks.
I highly recommend Stella as a midwife and herbalist and believe that the mothers and babies in her care are truly blessed.” -K.F., Eagle River
“Stella had experienced hands that knew how to touch a laboring woman. While I was overcome with the power within me, she was able to guide me to the water, then to the darkened room. She kept me from spiraling out of control from pain and excitement. She stayed close but never intruded my space. I was blessed with so much support during my birth. My husband and I both agree that she was an integral part of our daughter’s beautiful birth at home.” -R.H., Palmer
“Stella was so helpful during labor and delivery. Her presence was very calming. She was very low-key but when I needed her she was right there giving assistance. This was my second birth, and during the first birth I was very resistant to being touched during labor. But she pressed on my lower back during contractions which was surprisingly very soothing. The birth of your baby is very intense, but a miracle, and it was special to have her there. Her competent presence made me feel safe.
It was also great to have her knowledge of herbs and a woman’s body during the prenatal visits. Her natural approach was very practical to my staying healthy in the days leading up to my labor and delivery. She provided me with herbal tinctures, one for low iron, the other for a urinary tract infection. Both helped remedy the problems, saving me from having to resort to more extreme measures.” -K.B., Anchorage
“I moved to Alaska from Montana when I was 36 weeks pregnant. My biggest worries were finding a home and a midwife. I was lucky to find an amazing midwife that was even more fitting for me than my midwife in Montana. But what was really special was my midwife’s incredible apprentice. The word apprentice usually refers to assistant, but what I quickly learned was that Stella was more than that. Stella was very involved in all of the birth with her calm yet encouraging demeanor, and with her I made it through a difficult final stage of labor. Stella’s care did not end there. Aside from her thorough involvement with the birth and afterbirth, she also had endless herbs/teas and tinctures to help with mending, mood and milk production, to name a few. Through Stella I also learned about Placenta Encapsulation for which I am forever grateful for her expertise in this area.
There is a reason we had to move from MT to AK and I truly believe that Stella was meant to be at my daughter’s birth and will forever be such a special person to me and my family.
Thank you Stella, for all you do!” -C.K., Anchorage
“Stella was fantastic, supportive, and kind the whole time-from the beginning of pregnancy to postpartum. We had a great, natural birth experience and I would recommend her services to any family looking for the best birth experience for you and your baby! She was available like a friend to me whenever I had questions, or was worried about anything during pregnancy, and was just generally emotional. Our birth with our first child was perfect and we couldn’t have done it without Stella!” -E.K., Palmer
“I tell my birth story to people with such pride, and I love telling people about you. You helped me to recognize what I am capable of, and I would not have changed anything about my birth. If there are more babies in our future I pray that their births will go just as smoothly. Thank you again, so very much.” -E.M., Medford, OR.