Jessica Tiderman - Midwife
I am the mother of 5 children ranging in age from 24 to 7 and a grandmother to 1! We have been home schooling in one form or another for the better part of the last 19 years and probably have another 10 to go. I am proud to say that 2 of them have graduated already. We currently have 3 cats and 3 ferrets.
Photo by JLK Photography.
I have had a range of birth experiences myself. My first child, Brittany, was born via a hellish pitocin augmented vaginal birth in a hospital. My second child, Morgan, was induced for prelabor rupture of membranes (PROM), she ended up getting stuck in a brow presentation and was born via a low transverse cesarean. My third child, Shayna, ended up being breech at 39 weeks, my OB would not allow me to labor with a breech baby and a cesarean scar. During her scheduled cesarean, the OB discovered that she was transverse because she was trying to flip again and ended up getting stuck, she was born via an inverted T cesarean and I was told that I should never labor or attempt a vaginal birth again. My fourth child, Thalea, was born in a freestanding birth center vaginally with an independent midwife. My fifth child, Thales, was born in my bathroom with my husband. If you would like to read any of their birth stories, as well as my miscarriage, they are all here.
I studied midwifery through Ancient Art Midwifery Institute (AAMI) from December, 2009 until September, 2015. I presented a conference session on Special Scars at the Trust Birth Conference in 2012. Over the last few years, I have presented conference calls to my fellow AAMI students on Special Scars, birth trauma, uterine rupture and placental abruption. As part of drive to learn, I re-enrolled in AAMI in January, 2017 and I enrolled in the British Institute of Homeopathy in February, 2017. I have studied many topics but I do not believe that I will ever be "done" studying any of them completely. There will always be more to learn.
I served a midwifery apprenticeship with Linda Honey from Fall, 2011 through Summer, 2013. I have been consistently certified in Neonatal Resuscitation since April of 2012. I will be recertifying in December, 2017.
Beth Fessenden - Apprentice
Beth is the mother of two daughters, 3 years old and 18 months. On top of staying busy watching her little ones grow and beginning their homeschool journey, Beth owns her own massage therapy business, Integrated Massage and Bodywork. She has been practicing massage therapy since 2009, and specializes in pregnancy and fertility massage, as well as craniosacral therapy. While in school for massage, Beth became interested in becoming a birth doula. By the time she graduated from her program at Blanchard Valley Academy of Massage Therapy and received her license from the state of Ohio, she was offered a position to take over a business from a former therapist. The idea of being a doula was set aside for a few years.
After the birth of her first daughter in 2014, Beth started researching more and more about birth. Her daughter's birth came unexpectedly early and there were a lot of questions left unanswered. She felt as if birth work was calling to her, and she started learning more about pregnancy and birth choices. Beth completed doula training and certification through the organization toLabor in 2014 and has been practicing as a doula since then. The more births she attended, the more Beth realized that doula work just was not enough to fulfill her. She loved being supportive for families and doing what she could to help them have positive hospital birth experiences. However, the hospital setting was not an ideal match for her. She began looking into moving toward home birth midwifery.
While Beth was pregnant with her second daughter, she looked into her VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) options. She and her husband, Alex, decided that home birth was the best option for them. Beth was able to achieve her VBAC in 2016 and birthed a healthy baby girl. Feeling even more confident that midwifery was her ultimate goal, she decided to take the leap and began an academic program and apprenticeship. Beth met Jessica during her second pregnancy, they had briefly discussed the possibility of apprenticeship after she had her baby. Feeling like they were a good match, and after an extensive interview and trial period process, Beth began her apprenticeship with Jessica later in 2016. She currently attends Ancient Art Midwifery Institute (AAMI).
Why must I join your Association to receive your services?
If you know anything about alternative health care and treatment, you know that the ADA, AMA, FDA, etc. can make life difficult for anyone who tries to practice in an alternative arena that may actually help people avoid major medical interventions. They make so many laws that restrict what Healthcare Practitioners may or may not do, say, and by what manner they may carry out their treatment. I do not believe that pregnancy is a medical condition that requires major medical treatment. Within this Association, I can serve you as YOU see fit.
Government agencies have a mandate to protect "the public" but have very limited jurisdiction over the 1st, 9th, and 14th Amendments, which apply to private member associations. By being a private healthcare membership association, we are free to serve our members with the care they deserve.
Joining a private membership association is a small price to pay for such a wonderful freedom - the freedom to take charge of your OWN pregnancy!