SERVICES PROVIDED: Ireena provides Midwifery care which includes prenatal, birth and post partum services. Prenatal services are offered in your home or her office. Midwifery care will include labs, ultra sounds, and testing needed that helps to keep your pregnancy low risk for out of hospital birth. VBAC’s and water births are an option with her services. She is certified in NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation) and CPR (Adult, child, and infant).
Gentle Birth Midwifery services include the option of the following state mandated Newborn testing: NBS (aka PKU), Hearing testing, and CHD (congenital heart Disease testing). These tests are all part of the services available.
BIRTHS: Births are done in your home or a free standing birth center. (Free standing Birth center means it is not affiliated with any hospital or Doctors office). The free standing birth center is located in Colon Michigan, (see photos of the center below, called Mamma’s House).
SERVICE AREA: Gentle Birth Midwifery Services provide homebirth services within a 1 hour radius from Sturgis Michigan, which includes across lower Michigan from southern Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Cass and Hillsdale counties, and all of St Joseph and Branch Counties. For Indiana service is offered in LaGrange county, Eastern Elkhart county, Northern Nobel county and Steuben county.
EXPERIENCE: Ireena has been involved with birth since 1993, including teaching many families about natural birth before becoming a midwife in 2001. She has been involved with over 2000 births total -either as an assistant, or midwife, –ask her in person for all of her training and work experience! She serves on the board for the Association of Christian Birth Professionals, teaches at conferences for Midwives and Doulas, and in her spare time enjoys reading, art work, photography, knitting, sewing, gardening, camping, traveling, writing and spending time with her family.
INDIANA: She is licensed in Indiana as a CPM / CDEM.
MICHIGAN: She is licensed in Michigan as a CPM / LM.
PHILOSOPHY: “I believe giving birth is a natural family event and how your birth occurs helps with the bonding process. Birth is not a medical event, it is a important sacred family event. Midwifery care is an ancient art that helps to keep birth a family event, but when medical assistance is needed, I have the experience and resources to help you make that transition. Midwives offer expertise in normal birth, because midwives give high quality, family focused care. To schedule your appointment with me- please call me Monday thru Friday from 9 am until 5 pm at this number: 260-367-1544.
Due to covid and hospitals and their restrictions, and being risky for low risk women during this difficult time, I am taking late transfer of care for Birth center deliveries.”