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.
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.
Rosa is a Certified Professional Midwife who is again seeing clients at Morning Star. More info about Rosa to come!
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