Mission Statement: “To help women give birth, by way of their own strength, knowledge, insight and family tradition.”
Pat is a Registered Nurse and Licensed Midwife. She also maintains the national credential of Certified Professional Midwife. Delivering babies for 30 years, she has practiced in Indiana, Wyoming and Montana. She is the mother of four grown children, who have blessed her with five grandchildren. Pat is a member of the Midwives’ Alliance of North America, the Montana Midwives’ Association, and the Wyoming Midwives’ Association. Appointed by the Governor of Wyoming in 2010, she sits as Chairperson for the Wyoming State Board of Midwifery. Pat is the founder of the Mountain Midwives’ Coalition, a long-standing cooperative group of midwives from MT, WY, SD, ND, and ID. This practice is referred to as “Mountain Midwives”, in the plural, because there are several professionals and students associated with our group. During the school year, apprentice midwives accompany Pat for home visits, births and birth classes.
Janell is the the owner of Big Sky Midwifery, practicing out of Columbus, Montana. She is licensed as a midwife by the state of Montana. Janell graduated from the Mountain Midwives School, and is a homebirth mother herself. She provides back-up services for Mountain Midwives, attending births if Pat is not available. In turn, Pat offers back-up for Janell’s practice. Janell assists at the weekend birth classes, so all clients have the opportunity of meeting her during their pregnancies.
Ruhiyyih is a student of the National College of Midwifery. The “hands-on” component of her training involves birth attendance with a midwife in New Mexico and also at a birth center in Bali. As a resident of Billings, she attends birth regularly with Mountain Midwives.
Samantha Elton – Sam is the office manager at Mountain Midwives. She is responsible for everything involving efficiency and organization. She does our scheduling, billing and addressing insurance questions. She blends our amazing Pregnancy Tea, sells our cloth diapers, and assists at the weekend birth classes. Sam is the glue that holds this practice together.
Cara Virostko, mother of two, is our breastfeeding consultant. She is an experienced nursing mother who has faced many of the common problems encountered by new moms and has developed a deeper understanding of the nursing relationship. Through her work as a leader for La Leche League, she is able to utilize those resources and educational opportunities of LLL to continually improve her ability to provide mother-to-mother support and encouragement. Cara believes that helping mothers form a strong nursing relationship with their babies is one of the best ways to help build a healthier global community.
Bonnie Gregory’s lifestyle is built around natural health. She is a mother of three boys, a political activist, and the Family Herbalist for Mountain Midwives. Her diverse interests are all focused on her priority of “Family First”. She provides consultation for the staff of Mountain Midwives. Bonnie raises, harvests, and prepares her own vegies, fruits and herbs at her home in Sheridan, WY.