Morning Star's trained specialized staff is passionate about serving women and families in our empowering, holistic model of care. With our unique and personalized approach to all aspects of your care experience, we strive to create a loving, nurturing community that you’ll always feel connected to. Professional Midwives make your pregnancy and birth event a relaxed, enjoyable experience.
Women deserve safe options in childbirth. They have the right to make educated, informed decisions about their health care including the choices they have for maternity care providers and birth locations. I believe that all women need to be treated with dignity and respect. Birth is an event whereby a woman's life is inevitably transformed. It is a powerful and sacred process and my goal is to safely facilitate this passage with patience, intuition, skill and compassion. An empowering birth experience sets the stage for infant-mother and family bonding, the effects of which last a lifetime.
Paula's education in midwifery began with the successful completion of an academic and clinical apprenticeship program with Barbara Cook, CPM, in Dallas, Texas, in 1993. She served as the resident midwife at a state licensed Birthing Center during the duration of the program. At that time she completed the requirements for certification by the Department of Health and became a Neonatal Resuscitation Program provider. She has earned CPM certification by the North American Registry of Midwives and holds degrees in Biological Sciences and Psychology.
Paula has been practicing independently since 1993, when founding Morning Star Birth Services, LLC, and now owns and operates Morning Star Women's Health and Birth Center. She enjoys the opportunity to speak regularly at our local high school about career paths in midwifery. She is committed to midwifery education and mentors student midwives.
Paula has lived in Menomonie since 1996 and lives with husband Mike and daughter Alexandra. We enjoy the arts, gardening, our pets and traveling (when we can!).
Executive Administrative Assistant-Menomonie
Kim comes to Morning Star with a background in administrative office work and coordination. Prior to her employment with Morning Star, Kim worked as the State Grants Coordinator and provided administrative support for advisors of students from special populations at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin. Supporting midwives as part of the management team of Morning Star Birth Center is an exciting opportunity to blend philosophy and work for Kim; she looks forward to working with staff to help create and nourish a culture that promotes women-centered birth options.
At home, Kim enjoys writing, reading, gardening, cooking, preserving food, growing and using herbs, and mindfully participating in the local ecosystem with her two children and homeschooling husband. Originally from the part of Illinois where anything below 20 - above zero - was considered really cold, she took her B.A. in Creative Writing and moved to Mankato, Minnesota to complete an M.S. in Women's Studies. Pulled by the beautiful winters and friendly cooperative nature of the North, she has called Wisconsin home for over 15 years.
Ever since her first pregnancy, Erin has been passionate about natural childbirth. She believes that women’s bodies were designed to give birth and is thrilled to be working in an environment where women are empowered to pursue the birth experience they want.
She is a momma to two precious children. She had a hospital birth with her son, Isaiah (3), and while she had the natural birth she had hoped for, she knew that there had to be a better, more supportive way to do so. When she became pregnant with her daughter, Eliyah (18 mo), she began care at Morning Star. She loved her experience of birthing here so much that she began volunteering at Morning Star last winter before being brought on staff in July 2014.
Erin has a BA from Bethel University and is currently a full time student working towards a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Master of Divinity. Though not yet certified, she is also trained as a birth doula and hopes eventually to use her training in therapy, ministry, and childbirth to provide specialized support to families experiencing difficulty in childbearing, such as loss and infertility.
Erin has been working towards living a greener life for several years now and dreams of someday purchasing farmland where she and her children can live sustainably.
Holly is a student midwife working towards the Certified Professional Midwife credential. She has two years of experience as an apprentice in a home birth practice. Prior to pursuing midwifery, she taught biology at a community college, and has served as a doula for almost five years. She has additional training in supporting mothers using childbirth hypnosis, and considers herself a lactivist and intactivist. She feels truly honored to be able to learn from and help care for the families of Morning Star. Aside from birth, Holly is a fan of musical theater, gardening, and animals. A Southern California native, but longtime Midwestern transplant, she lives in St Louis Park with her husband, three young sons, and golden retriever.
Clinic & Birth Assistant, Outreach Coordinator, Strong Start CoordinatorEmily is a Registered Nurse at Morning Star. She assists at births and in clinic and coordinates the Strong Start Program. She She holds an Associate of Arts degree from Cottey College, a private liberal arts women's college in Missouri. She also holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree and is a Registered Public Health Nurse. She plans to continue her education in a nurse-midwifery program, where she plans to earn a doctoral degree. Emily has been drawn to birth since she took a women's studies class in 2009 and learned about orgasmic birth and watched "The Business of Being Born." She immediately knew that she had found her calling and wanted to be a part of the movement to empower women through their birth and healthcare experiences. She fully embraces the Midwives' Model of Care and feels so blessed to have the opportunity to positively impact women through her positions at Morning Star.In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her fiance, Rich, and their beloved dog Mishka. They hope to get chickens this summer and expand their garden. Other passions include crafting, urban-exploring, yoga, cross-country skiing, and trying new types of cuisine.