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Marinah Valenzuela Farrell

Marinah is a traditional midwife who honors the natural process of birthing and healing. Marinah learned the art of midwifery through traditional midwives as well as working in birth centers, public hospitals in developing nations, formal education in the U.S. and, of course, the many mothers she has served in her homebirth practice. Marinah is an activist for women's issues an a member of various midwifery organizations. Marinah is continuing her path of learning by studying the connection between oriental medicine and traditional Mayan healing through work study with traditional healers as well as a graduate student. Marinah is licensed in Arizona as well as New Mexico and holds her National Certification. She is also the mother of two wonderful teenage girls who were born at home.


Sarah Nirmal Kaur Butterfly, Apprentice Midwife

Sarah’s journey toward midwifery began at a very young age and she has known her whole life that someday she would be blessed to catch babies.  Her mother was a home birth midwife in Arizona decades ago and Sarah’s first memory of birth was at age 4, watching her laughing momma birth her younger sister at home.  Sarah believes that women hold the inherent power to birth successfully and she is a strong advocate for every woman’s right to choose her birth experience. Sarah has an academic background in women and gender studies and socio-cultural anthropology; she researches the ways in which governments and societies influence women’s health choices.

  ...human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but...life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves. ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez