About Jasper Moon & Turning Tides
I am a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) and graduate of Birthingway College of Midwifery
My education included 3 years of full-time classes as well as apprenticeship.
The midwives I apprenticed with are
Pamela Echevario of Partera Midwifery,
Tracy Lawson-Allen and the other lovely midwives at Andaluz Waterbirth Center
Claudia Brown of Home Birth Kauai
Back to Midwifery after a Break
I've taken the last two years off from attending births while my baby Sibyl was little, but am now ready to return to being on call. With the support of my fabulous spouse Rowan, I'm joining the leagues of folks who are both parents and midwives. Per my original vision, I'm happily attending births as well as serving clients with massage, pelvic floor manual therapy, doula services, and placenta encapsulation. I will also gladly attend your birth as a midwife, working with another midwife who carries a license in Oregon. Or, if you ARE a midwife, and want an awesome green assist, call me.
If you'd like to hear more about my journey, visit my blog, Midwife in the Making
Turning Tides is a project in its infancy.
One day, I will start my own midwifery and gynecological care practice, and continue to offer massage, pelvic floor manual therapy, and herbal recipes.
My practice will be open to any client drawn to working with me, but I'm especially passionate about being a resource for the queer and trans community.
I also envision offering a Real Sex Ed class for teens and preteens.
I'm excited to find out what's in store for me next.
For more about what I've done and who I am, check out my credentials
What's in a Name?
Folks say that “tides are turning” when the direction of things is completely changing, especially in a way we cannot control.
I can't think of a more apt description of what happens to your body, your family and your life over the course of the perinatal period.
The phrase becomes even more appropriate considering that the pull of the moon has long been believed to influence human reproductive cycles, just as the it orchestrates the ebb and flow of the tides.
This association between reproduction and the tides clinched it for me.
Since choosing this business name many years ago, friends and others have shared their own interpretations, adding to the depth of meaning and my own love of the name. Some of these include
- people are 70% water
- birthing parents tend to love laboring in the water; many people experiencing menstrual cramps also have an affinity for water
- labor is commonly described in terms of waves, building and receding
- the phrase "turning tide" can evoke a political revolution, and what's more revolutionary than supporting families?
- when working with clients in pain, we work together to turn the tide toward healing
- my own family name is Moon (Okay, so I know this connection is cheesy, but it had been unintentional!)
If the imagery of a turning tide resonates with you for these or any other reasons, I'd love to hear about it!