Rachel Fox-Tierney, LM, CPM
Rachel Fox-Tierney, LM, CPM probably knew she was going to be a midwife before she heard the word as she is the only generation in her maternal lineage that was not born at home since the beginning of time. Prior to midwifery she had a career in psychosocial research at Yale University, but during her time there “remembered” her true call to midwifery. She began coursework with Certified Professional Midwives in Rhode Island and Maine in 1994 but moved to California to enroll in the National Midwifery Institute in 1999. She trained with a group practice in Northern California. The core of her apprenticeship was evidence based, compassionate care with a generous helping of resourcefulness and adaptability but always with a focus on client-centered traditional midwifery care. She received her California State License from the Medical Board of California and NARM Certified Professional Midwife credential in March 2005. She has maintained her CPR and American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation certification since 2000. As a midwife, she has attended over 600 births as a primary midwife and cared for several hundred more families in other capacities. She has provided holistic midwifery care to families as they welcomed their babies into the world, attending to their emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical health. She acknowledges that babies are conscious, and it is important to her that they be welcomed with the gentle, respectful care she had for her own babies. The cornerstone of her care is shared decision making with families and midwives. Although she primarily cares for families who are celebrating new life, she has a tender space in her heart for families grieving pregnancies, babies or birth experiences that have been not as expected. She is called to mentoring the next generation of midwives as they navigate the balance of maintaining traditional midwifery and integrating new technology. In addition to being a midwife, she is training to become a Spiritual Director through Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. She and her husband of over 26 years have two grown, home-born sons.