Bay Area Midwife

Lael Stimming, LM, CPM

Bay Area Midwife

Lael Stimming’s Bio

As a Bay Area Midwife I have been in awe of pregnancy and birth since I can remember. I was born at home in Mt. Shasta California in 1975. My mother was a brave, pioneer in the movement back to natural birth. As a child I would tell my parents and their friends that I was going to be a baby delivery doctor, as I was at that time, unfamiliar with midwives.  After two years of traveling around Europe and Central America, I came to the Bay Area in 1996 to attend University, where I earned a degree in International Relations and Psychology. In 1998 I met my husband and much to our surprise and delight I found myself pregnant with our first child, who was born at home, with midwives, in 1999. I began attending the birth of my friend’s children and had a second child in 2001.  I worked as a doula for several years before taking up my midwifery studies. It was in 2006, when I was pregnant with my third child that I felt I was ready to embark on the path to midwifery. Little did I know that we would have a fourth child in 2007 and I would be on that path for many years.
I had the opportunity to work with a midwife in Germany and a few midwives in the Bay Area as I began my early training. I was committed to an apprenticeship style of training as I felt it was a well-rounded education and more sustainable for my family and myself. My formal training took five years and I was blessed to witness and attend over 150 birth during that time. I am now a licensed midwife serving women and their families in the bay area. I am also the mother of four beautiful, home-born children, ages 14, 11, 7 and 5.

My husband and I live in the outer East Bay on a few acres where we are attempting to farm, garden, and build community. Our children are home schooled, with a twist, using a Waldorf cooperative curriculum. Life is a great adventure and I feel honored and blessed to serve the women and families as a Bay Area Midwife.
In my free time (chuckle), I co-teach a parenting and child development class, which is also an honor and I feel I learn just as much as I teach. I facilitate weekend workshops for adolescent girls on 40 acres in the Sierra Foothills. I also enjoy, knitting, gardening, our animals, tea with friends and running my small organic clothing business.

 

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt