Founder - Director
Meria Loeks birth community involvement spans fifty years beginning in Amsterdam, the Netherlands while listening to Dutch women’s unmedicated birth stories. At that time forty percent of women in The Netherlands delivered their babies at home.
Upon returning to the US she learned most American women chose either a medicated hospital birth (97%), or a home birth (1-3%). Finding a midwife in her seventh month of pregnancy and subsequently giving birth to all three sons at home was a life defining experience.
She became a midwife, Mothering magazine editor, counselor for teen moms, Maternal Child Health program manager, childbirth educator, doula mentor, and psychotherapist. She developed a course on the history of childbirth for University of New Mexico.
Her current mission -- to expand women’s birth choices -- is creating a sustainable and beautiful birth center.
Lucy French, LM, CPM
Lucy is a New Mexico Licensed Midwife (LM) and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). She trained at Birthingway College of Midwifery (B.S.) and majored in anthropology at Washington University (B.A.). She received further training from two homebirth practices in Portland and Canby Oregon.
Lucy finds all aspects of birth care -- the emotional, intellectual, spiritual and political -- fulfilling. She provides holistic, midwifery care, ensuring that her clients are informed of best practices that respect individual needs. Drawing on years of experience working with a wide range of families Lucy brings her grounded, loving and intuitive presence to birth. She is thrilled to be involved with growing families in northern New Mexico at the community based Santa Fe Birth Center.
Rebecca Palak, LM, CPM
Clinical Director and Staff Midwife
Rebecca is a New Mexico Licensed Midwife (LM) and Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). She trained at, and then became a staff midwife and clinical director, at Maternidad la Luz (MLL) where she attended over 400 births. In her teaching position at MLL she enjoyed being a preceptor for more than 60 midwifery students. She supports the sacred miracle of birth by empowering gentle birth experiences and attending women and families in the natural unfolding of the birth process. She provides individualized, intuitive care and promotes holistic maternal health and reproductive rights. Rebecca is bilingual in Spanish and English. When not working at the Center she loves mothering her son, hearing live music, hiking and reading.
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Doula and Massage Therapist
Ashlee grew up around pregnancy, childbirth and newborns and spent her childhood watching and learning from her aunt, who is a home-birth midwife. She has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2005 and has been specializing in prenatal and postpartum massage for over a decade.
Ashlee brings years of hands on expertise in pregnancy, birth and postpartum to her massage practice. In addition to being an active Birth Doula and Lactation Consultant she holds advanced trainings and certification in prenatal massage and Ayurveda. Keeping up with the latest evidence based practices she is happy to work on you in early pregnancy up through your last days of pregnancy, including helping in natural induction and in early labor. She is knowledgable about the growing body of evidence for prenatal and postpartum massage and has all the props and pillows to keep you in a safe and comfortable position during all stages of pregnancy and postpartum.
Ashlee understands the support you receive during this time can make lifelong positive impacts on the physical and mental health of the mother and baby and looks forward to supporting you to feel your best during this special time. To learn more about her services or to make an appointment please contact her here: http://birthbodyworkandbalance.com/contact
Jessie began her midwifery education in 2003 with her first apprenticeship in Colorado. In 2005-2006 she was duel enrolled in the Mercy in Action Midwifery program and the National College of Midwifery to complete the didactic and skills training portion of her education.
Beginning in 2008 and for the next 7 years she would work periodically in Northern Uganda, Africa as a midwife, offering prenatal and postpartum care and facilitating the deliveries of hundreds of babies. She also taught natural family planning, infant care, and women’s reproduction and health care, as well as trained Traditional Birth Attendants. In 2016 she offered midwifery care and counseling in Europe to the refugees during the refugee crises. The next few years Jessie worked as an assistant midwife/apprentice doing all aspects of midwifery care and completing the New Mexico Midwifery Apprenticeship Program.
“I deeply care for the mother’s, babies, and families that I am privileged to support during the powerful and profound transitions of pregnancy, birth, and life and I aim to bring well honed skills, compassion, wisdom and love to each encounter.”