Wendy Pinter, Midwife
My name is Wendy Pinter. I started my doula service after finding out I was pregnant with my third child in 2001, although I had worked with people during their births for 5 years prior to that. I found that needing support for my own pregnancy really ignited a fire in me to learn about and share with others how to have a normal birth. The information and medical research I gathered to assist in my own birth has gone on to help scores of families during their births. It was during this time that I also saw the need for a home birth midwife in North Oakland County. I knew that if I ever came across the chance to gain the training I would need to provide this service, I would definitely take it on. It was thrilling to me when the right time came along and I started an apprenticeship in midwifery. I studied the art of midwifery for three years, sitting under the supervision of a variety of midwives in order to find the style and technique that would suit my practice best. Having completed the North American Registry of Midwives educational and experience requirements that are needed in order to sit for the certification exam, I am now providing primary midwifery care. As of January 2009, I have attended a total of 265+ births.
I am certified in infant, child and adult CPR, as well as neonatal resuscitation. I have received birth doula certification and postpartum doula training from DONA International. I am a Lamaze certified childbirth educator. As a trained RTS perinatal grief support person, I provide birth assistance free of charge to families that have experienced early to late term miscarriage, the death of their unborn or born infant, or another devastating diagnosis during pregnancy. This service is supported by financial donations from my clients.
Kristin Lacy, Midwife Student/Doula/Monitrice
My first pregnancy was very challenging, and it made me think that there had to be a better way to give birth. I was kind of embarrassed about feeling that way, because I had a great medical team of doctors. I just didn't realize soon enough that they weren't really a good fit for me.
A few years later, I was working at a pediatrician's office, and a woman came in just raving about her incredible birth experience. She mentioned using a doula, and I had to learn more. Once I did, I realized that I had found my calling. I know that if I had had a doula, my birthing experience would have been much shorter than the 36 hours it was. I also would have been able to resist drugs and the epidural. At the time, I didn't know that I had the right to move with my pain, to walk, or to even take a shower.
I have been a birth doula and a postpartum doula for eight years and have been certified with DONA International since May 2002. As a birth doula, I have specialized in special needs births, and as a postpartum doula, I have experience working with twins and triplets. I have also taught childbirth education classes for eight years, and I received my Lamaze certification in December 2005.
I believe the most important part of my job is to make sure that women understand their options (and the risks and benefits of those options), so they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families. I don't take over or try to control the birth process; I just help the woman and give her the support she needs.
I think that all women should consider having a doula during birth. A doula does not necessarily have to be experienced or trained like I am. If you have a supportive partner, mother, or friend who is with you, calming you down, rubbing your back, telling you that you can do it . . . then you have a doula. The main difference is that I have learned specific techniques to help labor progress. When a problem arises, I stay calm and stay by your side. It can be hard for your family members and personal friends to do this sometimes.
Every doula offers information and constant support; however, we all come with our own unique set of skills, talents, and personalities. I recommend that you look around and speak with different doulas before you make your choice. It's important to choose one that you are really comfortable with.
I am the mother of two children, the stepmother of two, and a wife of four years. I am also the "mother" of two boxers. I am very passionate about what I do. I love being involved during such a special time in a woman's life. When I have allowed a woman to trust her body when giving birth, then I have done my job.
I believe this story of the experience of one of the mothers I have assisted illustrates my purpose as a doula:
I used to work in a crisis center where some of the pregnant women came in feeling very depressed about their situations. I gave assistance to one in particular who went from feeling down about giving birth totally naturally to completely changing her perspective. I will never forget her words, still breathing hard after pushing that one last time, and she said I did it.
It's very rewarding for me when a woman can look back at her birth with deep satisfaction and move into motherhood with confidence and a sense of personal achievement.
Brandy Walters, BBA, IBCLC
I am a proud mother of three boys. My husband and I decided a midwife in a hospital setting was the best of both our possible worlds, mine to have a relaxed birth and his to have a safe birth. Knowing what I know now, I would have been a good candidate for home births. However, the hospital setting with a midwife and my husband was perfect for our family. Each boy was born in a quiet setting with little interventions and with the help of water labor. I can honestly say all my births were perfect and empowered me as a woman.
DONA (Doulas of North America)
We've also endorsed the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative
Who Wendy Trained With:
Wendy has had the unique opportunity to study under some of the finest area midwives. The benefits to learning from multiple midwives are reflected in the various skills and strengths she has learned from them and brings to her practice. Wendy is active in the midwifery community and we do not hesitate to call on each other when we need a hand. Wendy has had the opportunity to attend prenatals and births with:
Amanda Smith www.newmoonmidwifery.com
Eileen Denomme www.michiganmidwife.com
Stacia Proefrock www.trilliumbirthservices.com
Kate Mazzara www.mazzaramidwifery.com
We are very grateful for the support of these wonderful midwives!
The role of students in our practice
Wendy enjoys mentoring others new to the childbirth profession and feels strongly about passing her skills on to others that are eager to learn. She has worked with interns and nursing students from Oakland University and the University of Michigan, and often helps guide and train those new to doula and midwifery care.
Currently, the resident student is Kristin Lacy. She and Wendy have shared call as doulas for the past ten years. They now work together to create a dynamic support team for your home birth.
We are always respectful of your privacy and preferences so if you have any concerns about student involvement in your care, please let us know.
We have statistics from the births we've attended (included the number of births, reason for transports, etc) and are happy to share them when meeting with you.