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My name is Sami Lommasson, and I am a Certified Professional Midwife, a Direct-Entry Midwife in Montana, and a Licensed Midwife in Idaho. I am so excited to be with you on this journey, and I can't wait to meet you, your family, and your new baby. 

Birth should be an event where you are in charge of what happens around you and within your body. I am simply there as a safeguard for the unexpected, and as a guide when those things seem strange. I monitor you and your baby throughout your pregnancy, offering advice and education about the whole process. 

Sami's Story

I started thinking about midwifery when I didn't even know what it was...I had an intense desire to be of help and to make a difference in my career. When I finally found out that midwifery was a viable career choice, I couldn't get it out of my head. 

Flash forward to finding a school (Mercy In Action College of Midwifery in Boise, ID), and finally working up the courage to apply, and then beginning to read doula books and watch birth videos - I knew I had found what I wanted to do. 

I learned so much in school that translated to the work I was doing in my apprenticeship. It was vivid and applicable, and very tangible in so many aspects. I have loved my job from the moment of the very first birth I attended: watching a woman push on a birth stool in the dim light of her kitchen, light shining down from the high ceiling above, the whole room still and quiet, simply waiting for the babe to be born. 

My journey has taken me a lot of places: rural Southern Idaho, where women birth their babies in the hot summer, no air conditioning in the home, with the window open and you can hear the harvest trucks out in the fields, digging potatoes by the ton; all the way to Fairbanks, Alaska, where we caught babies all through the long winter night, and into the bright, never ending sunny days of summer. I can't wait to catch babies in my little hometown of Hamilton, Montana. 

Empowerment through this process is so important. I love walking with families and helping give them choices about the process, helping moms and dads catch their own babies, and watching them learn about the process along the way. 

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I’m Alicia Walker. My philosophy is that the period of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a sacred time of unfolding. It’s a time of becoming a parent or learning to parent this particular child. I think families thrive in this with a supportive community. I am honored to support mothers and fathers during this time, to help them own their experience and thrive. I believe listening, educating, and giving space are powerful tools. I firmly believe that the design for labor and early postpartum is perfect and if not interfered with, will happen optimally. Also, that every woman should be able to take comfort in having skilled birth attendants of her choice at her side who will use all their skills necessary should the need arise.

Alicia's Story

My journey to midwifery started with a VHS tape. I have always been a nurturer, but at

age 18 I didn’t know what direction to go with my life. A bored barista, I walked to the

library and stumbled upon a VHS (this was 1997) entitled, “My home birth.” I put it on

and was brought into a cozy living room. The main character was a woman laying on

her side on her couch. She pushed her baby out and then picked the baby up as her 4-

year-old daughter exclaimed, “My sister!” It was sacred. It was the way it was supposed

to be. It was the first time I heard of a midwife, and it was my calling. My journey was

slow, with happy little detours. In a nutshell, I nannied, became a birth doula, got

married, did some college, had two children, did some postpartum doula work while

homeschooling, brought in another child who needed a home, and continued parenting

with my husband Jim. 24 years after watching that video, I started my first

apprenticeship and midwifery school. I have been incredibly blessed to learn from many

midwives. 80 or so births later and new to the area, I’m overjoyed to finish out my

training with Sami as I put down roots in the Bitterroot alongside like-minded, amazing

midwives.

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Hi there! My name is Hannah DeBoer.  I am a wife and a mom of two beautiful girls.  I attended my first birth in 2016 and I was hooked for life. I am a certified birth doula and a midwife student (with Mercy in Action College of Midwifery in Boise, ID). My passion is to support women’s health and their babies throughout their pregnancy and birth journey. 

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