meet Emily and Carey, the women behind rooted birth

We both came into midwifery after our first babies were born. During the same years, hundreds of miles apart, we both studied and learned the art of midwifery through traditional apprenticeships. Each of us has sat with hundreds of families during the powerful year of growing, birthing, and nursing a baby. We met for the first time in 2012 when Emily hired Carey to be her midwife for her third birth. We quickly decided we’d work together after Emily’s postpartum, and that’s just what we did!

We’ve learned a few things along the way, and have been thoroughly humbled and changed by watching people dig deep and show up for themselves in ways they never thought possible. Birth is a catalyst for a whole-life shift, for everyone who does it or sees it, if one can be still enough to allow it’s magic to work. Birth is humanity, it is community, it is feminism, it is a reclamation of power. In a world where parenthood is politicized and made into a hardship, we bravely and loudly claim our place in a world where mothers are seen for what they truly are; lifegivers and changemakers. Our work is to support families having babies and the people who serve them in seeing the power they hold in themselves.

We build bridges, serve families, write poetry, make music, do lots of front porch sitting, and teach anyone who will listen about the badassery of birth.

 

these are my hours

Emily and Carey are featured in the film These Are My Hours, a new documentary about homebirth. In this powerful, gorgeous, artful film, you can see their relationship in action. The film shows their trust in one another and in birth while shining a big huge spotlight on what birth can be like when it isn’t fussed with; full of challenge, doubt, determination and utterly boundless joy. Witness Emily stepping into motherhood for the 4th time (but for the first time, as always). These Are My Hours is completely focused on Emily’s experience – mother-centric – and is free from commentary from experts or “talking heads”. There is no interruption in the emotionality of birth, and the camera is never more than 5 feet from Emily’s body. This is as close to being present at a birth as you can get without actually attending one.

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WE HOPE THIS MOVIE CAN CHANGE OUR CULTURE’S VIEW OF BIRTH.

MATRESCENCE IS A TIME OF FIERY FEMINISM AND STEPPING INTO ONE’S POWER - A MOMENT IN A WOMAN’S LIFE WHEN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING CAN STOP HER FROM SHOWING UP AS A HEROINE.

WHEN SOMEONE HAS A BABY, WE WANT THE PEOPLE IN THEIR LIFE TO HAVE A DEEP RESPECT FOR THE WORK THEY’VE DONE AND THE WISDOM THEY HOLD.

“There you are in front of the coals, and they’re burning. And it’s your turn to walk across them. You’re the only one walking, the only one who’s feet are gonna get burned... But you can see the footprints of the mothers who came before you, so you know it isn’t your journey alone.”

— EMILY GRAHAM, THESE ARE MY HOURS

 

We are currently traveling with the film to Universities and birth communities around the US and shouting our birth wisdom from the rooftops. We’ve shared These Are My Hours with everyone from college freshmen at an all-male school to 2nd year medical students, pregnant women to retired men, doulas-in-training to seasoned midwives. We’ve gone from New York to California and we’re not done yet.

Contact us if you’d like to share These Are My Hours at your university or birth-centric event.

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online courses

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rooted birth + Postpartum course

for parents

In this online, comprehensive childbirth and postpartum education and preparation course, we share what we’ve learned from our combined 20+ years of birth work, our own births, and the thousands of families who’ve shared their stories with us. We cover all the basics (anatomy and physiology, stages of labor, and what to expect in the hours and days after birth) but also dive deep into the emotional and spiritual aspect of birth. We’ll discuss why birth is a mystical experience, and why that’s important, the hormonal cascade and how to protect it, and archetypes and rites of passage inherent in the birth process. You’ll leave this class with tools and knowledge that will prepare you to have a powerful and transformative birth in any setting and with any provider (or without one at all).

The Alchemy of Adrenaline

Hold space more powerfully and effectively

We all know how miraculous adrenaline is in the body of the birthing person, but little is said about how it affects the whole room. This webinar focuses on adrenaline in the body of the birth attendant. We’ll share with you how to recognize the signs in your own body, discuss the gifts and curses of adrenaline, and offer tips for managing your own, so that you don’t inadvertently discharge it on the family you’re witnessing.

Currently included as part of the Dynamo Doula Program by Angela Gallo. Previously taught at Indie Birth Midwifery Conference in 2018 and at Skidmore College in NY.

Coming soon as a mini e-course on Podia!

rooted birth + Postpartum educator program

change your community

Childbirth educators are the unsung heroes of the birth world, and as we’ve traveled the country with the birth film and talked with folks around the world, we are finding that most places are sorely lacking in childbirth education options. This goes from huge metropolitan cities to rural farm towns. Where have the childbirth educators gone? Seeing this need, we have decided to consolidate our knowledge and experience into Rooted Birth + Postpartum Educator Certification Program, which will be offered in person and online beginning fall 2019.

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BIRTH AS A MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE

AND DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT!

Scientists, philosophers, psychologists, and mystics have long sought to understand altered states of consciousness. William James' work "Seven Characteristics of Mystical Experiences" specifies particular parameters for qualifying an event as a Mystical Experience. But of course, he’s a dude, and so he completely misses that birth perfectly fits all his criteria! Get your birth nerd on with this webinar about the mysticism of birth!

Coming soon as a mini e-course on Podia!




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We believe in the potency of each of us showing up as our authentic selves and the power of birth to change the world

 
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Rooted: established deeply and firmly; strong

We want to see families live healthy and wild lives, to see undisturbed birth make a come-back, and to see parents claim their autonomy

 
 

We are ROOTED in...

OPEN-HEARTEDNESS

Families of all kinds have our love. We celebrate the beauty inherent in humanity's diversity. We want to create a relationship with the brave...those who might feel alone in their choices, but make them anyway. 

SPIRITUALITY

We honor the power of the spirit as an essential place of healing. Any spiritual path a family has chosen is worthy of our respect and attention. Our job is to help them find holiness and meaning in their experience.

TRUST

We believe in women's inherent wisdom; to choose caregivers, place of birth, and healing modalities. We honor their rights to bodily autonomy and true informed consent. We respect their boundaries, and are clear about our own. 

SELF-CARE

We value our time, our knowledge, and our energy.  We strive to remain personally balanced; to have a clear mind, heart, and spirit as we do our work. Our own baggage is checked at the door. It does not enter a birth space.