Sarita learned birth in the traditional midwifery model – by attending those families who were choosing home birth early in the movement. Most of the 40 years she has served as a midwife and family practice physician were spent in a rural, mountainous region that is far from any hospital with surgical capability or obstetric providers, leading to the development of a detailed understanding of reproductive physiology and the inter-relatedness of all parts of the reproductive process. The added experience of teaching – from home school with her children to medical students – has given her the ability to explain complicated concepts in understandable terms. Fueled by her passion for supporting healthy humans, she brings her excitement to share her embodied knowledge with those who are on the same journey towards building thriving communities.
Midwifery chose Rowan over 20 years ago when a young pregnant family moved into her apartment building and she began to share meals with them. She felt a deep call to birth work through that connection and went on to study at The Matrona in 2003 and 2006 while apprenticing with an elder traditional midwife in Western North Carolina. She served in her community as a traditional midwife until 2013. Since then, she has been a guest teacher at The Matrona and Ancient Art Midwifery as well as a speaker at Indie Birth Conference and Trust Birth Conference. Through teaching and sharing her experiences she grew a passion for being together in a room with other birthworkers, sharing knowledge and stories. This passion comes from knowing we must carry the wisdom and traditions of the ancient art of midwifery into our modern practices for the preservation of autonomous birth for families.
Our Joint Mission
We balance the foundational framework for each course we create with a carefully curated curriculum that is flexible to meet each host and their community’s needs and resources. Our core value of building a strong community through relationships is paramount. This is woven into each aspect of our workshops. Without building strong villages between birth workers and in turn, the families they serve, the art of midwifery cannot be the strong intuitive community tool it was always meant to be. As we bring our workshops all over the nation, our overall goal is to build a community through mentorship with those who attend our workshops and desire further connection and wisdom.