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.
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. She has earned CPM certification by the North American Registry of Midwives and holds degrees in Biological Sciences and Psychology.
Her philosophy is that 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. Paula has been a practicing midwife since 1993, when founding Morning Star Birth Services, LLC, and now owns and operates Morning Star Women's Health and Birth Centers.
Paula lives in Menomonie with her husband Mike. She is mother to Alexandra and grandmother to Victoria.
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.
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
Robin, of Hands with Heart Midwifery, is a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) seeing clients at Morning Star. She became interested in midwifery following the birth of her youngest child, Zac - now 25 - who was born in a free-standing birth center in Tallahassee, FL. Robin was really impressed by the care she received from her midwives compared to the previous obstetricians she had seen for her first two births.
Robin took the long route into midwifery, becoming an LPN, RN, and finally a CNM. Robin worked as a Labor and Delivery RN for 10 years. She attended the Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia University for her midwifery education and her Master's Degree. Robin has attended births in all settings - hospital, home, birth center, and the occasional motor vehicle. Robin believes birth can be a very empowering experience for mothers and respects their right to birth in the place and fashion they desire.
Robin has been married to Jammie - the perfect midwife husband - for 26 years. They have three children, Danielle, Nick, and Zac, and are blessed with four grandchildren, Hailey, Sophia, Ben, and Iris. One of Robin's favorite things is spending time with her family.
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.
Adjunct Providers Offering Services at Morning Star
Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) & HypnoBirthing Certified Educator (HBCE)
Beginning in January 2015, Natasha Reilly will be offering HypnoBirthing classes and Lactation Consultation at Morning Star's St. Louis Park location.
Natasha Reilly is a HypnoBirthing Certified Educator, Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Birth Doula, and Placenta Encapsulator. She lives in Chanhassen, MN, with her husband and three children. After the birth of her first baby, Natasha knew there had to be a calmer and gentler way to give birth. She discovered HypnoBirthing and went on to have two beautiful and easy births. She believes it is within every woman's right to have the same experience.
The HypnoBirthing program is a 5 week series designed to be a simple, comprehensive, and practical. During a birth using HypnoBirthing techniques, women are awake, conversant, and in good spirits. They allow their bodies and babies to work in harmony and birth the way nature intended. It truly brings you back to the essence of birth.
You will learn self-hypnosis, deep relaxation, breathing techniques, and visualization. We explore how fear translates into pain during birth and how to eliminate fear and anxiety before your birthing begins. Other subjects covered include the newborn as an aware and active part of your birth, how to create a birth plan, healthy nutrition during pregnancy, and breastfeeding basics. You will also receive a copy of "HypnoBirthing, the Mongan Method" book, the "Rainbow Relaxation" disc, and weekly handouts.
Natasha's Upcoming HypnoBirthing Series at Morning Star:
Sundays, January 4th to February 9th, 2015 from 1-3:30 pm - Perfect for late February, March, and April births
Sundays, February 22nd to March 22nd, 2015 from 1-3:30 pm - Perfect for April, May, and June births
For more details about Natasha's HypnoBirthing classes and her services as a Lactation Consultant, and to register, please visit: www.gentlemotherllc.com