Being Born Is Important
Being born is important, you who have stood at the bedposts and seen a mother on her high harvest day. The day of the most golden of harvest moons for her.
You who have seen the new wet child dried behind the ear, swaddled in soft fresh garments, pursing lips and sending a groping mouth towards nipples where white milk is ready.
You who have seen this love’s payday of wild toiling and sweet agonizing
You know being born is important.
You know that nothing else was ever so important to you.
You understand that the payday of love is so old,
So involved, so traced with circles of the moon,
So cunning with the secrets of the salts of the blood.
It must be older than the moon, older than salt.
Susan has been blessed with four children, whom she refers to as her “teachers”. With her brood keeping life full of excitement, she is forever learning lessons from her three sons – Garrett, Jordan, and Connor – and her daughter, Whitney. “These wonderful people taught me the grace of giving birth by way of three joyful hospital births and one awesome home water birth.” After nearly 30 years of raising her children, Susan is excited to be entering into a new phase of life and motherhood.
Susan started her career in 1996, working with women during their childbearing years as a certified doula (professional labor support), continuing on to become a childbirth educator in 1997. Before becoming a Midwife, she had the pleasure of serving over 1,200 families as a Doula/Midwife Assistant and mentoring hundreds of couples through childbirth classes. Prior to 2003, Susan attended births from Seattle to Olympia, caring for women in hospitals, birth centers, and private homes. This variety of locations allowed Susan the opportunity to learn the craft of catching babies under many skilled providers including OB/GYNs, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Licensed Midwives. The Birthing Inn in Tacoma hired Susan as a midwife assistant in 2003, giving her the privilege of joining a group of wonderful midwives and gaining access to the many different tricks of the trade. After a decade of observing and learning, Susan started midwifery school in 2005 and was licensed in Washington State as a Midwife in the fall of 2008. Susan serves her midwifery clients using the Midwifery Model of Care and also functions as the full-time owner and manager of The Birthing Inn. “I truly believe working as a Midwife is my calling in life – and I love my job!”
For Susan, it’s not enough to be dedicated to her clients and to The Birthing Inn, she also believes in passing the torch to other women who desire to learn the craft of midwifery and discover if “catching babies” is the business that’s right for them. Susan trains Doulas, as well as Midwife Assistants, and often has midwifery students from around the country in her Tacoma office learning the trade. If you are interested in learning from Susan, please contact The Birthing Inn here.
Susan is caring, personable, and down-to-earth, with a desire to know her clients and allow them to know her. She is respectable and easy to connect with. You may even find yourself sharing stories about locations other than the Northwest, or about being near (or in) the water – her favorite places.
Susan Sherwood in Midwifery Today…
“When I became pregnant with my little girl in October 2008, I had not given much thought to my dream birth, much less a simple birth plan. My only concern was that my baby be healthy, feel nurtured and loved along the way…”