Bringing forth new life is an empowering, sacred event in a woman’s life. She needs to be nurtured, loved, and treated with respect. A woman must feel comfortable and safe to birth as nature intended in her own time. Her body holds the wisdom to conceive as well as the wisdom to birth. The birth of a child is also the birth of a family. We see the midwifes’ role as one of guardian over this process. We bring our knowledge, training, skills and equipment to facilitate what is happening, understanding that our first tools remain our heart and hands.
“Kathi did everything in her power not only to ensure that the birth of my son was safe but also invested an enormous amount of time and energy to help me prepare for labor and the first days of motherhood. She has a wealth of knowledge but where she truly shines is her ability to help a woman feel safe and strong during labor. My son Cole was born at home in a birthing tub and although previously I would have said someone would have to be “crazy” to deliver at home. It is one of my most precious peaceful memories. ” – Erica J. Buck
I have been a practicing midwife since 1992 and a Certified Professional Midwife since 1997. I have served on the board of the Michigan Midwives Association for many years, six years as it’s president. I am also a member of the international organization Midwives Alliance.
I have been married to Craig for 38 years. We have 3 grown daughters all of whom were born into the hands of midwives.
“Kathi was amazing. Every question, concern, anxiety she listened and provided me with information…I left every appointment feeling peace about my baby and my pregnancy, good energy, and books tucked into my purse.”-Maria Bangs
Connie was born and raised in Ontario Canada. She received her Bachelor’s of Applied Science from the University of Guelph, before moving to Maine for midwifery training. Connie attended the MEAC accredited midwifery program Birthwise Midwifery School in Maine, graduating in 2017, apprenticing with a handful of midwives at birth centers and home births. Connie joined Dance of Life Midwifery as a student in 2016 working with Kathi and Katy. After completing her apprenticeship she became a CPM in 2018 before moving back to Canada for a few years. After getting married to her Michigan native husband Rob Connie moved back and joined Dance of Life Midwifery as part of the midwife team. Now licensed, Connie is working on modernizing the care at Dance of Life Midwifery in order to add convenience to the traditional aspects of midwifery care.
Students and Assistants
Student midwives at various levels of training attend birth’s and participate in prenatal and postpartum care with us. In some situations, we will ask a local midwife to assist or cover the practice if we need to be away or are attending someone else in labor. All students and assistants are practice according to licensing and standards for midwives of Michigan including neonatal resuscitation (NRP) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
We offer a one-hour consultation/interview free of charge in which we discuss all aspects of home birth including our experience, personal background, and philosophy. Prospective clients are encouraged to come prepared with questions.