A pioneer of home birth in Minnesota, Jill Kent became the state’s first licensed midwife in the year 2000. Having for many years advocated for midwife licensure, Jill founded the Minnesota Association of Midwives in 1985. In 2002, Jill opened The Stork’s Nest, Minnesota’s first freestanding birth center. It closed two years later because of insurance reimbursement issues. After delivering hundreds of babies, Jill retired in 2006. She passed away from multiple myeloma in 2012. For more information on Jill Kent or midwifery in Minnesota, visit http://bios.marquiswhoswho.com/jill_kent/midwife/6730351 or http://www.minnesotamidwives.org/MCCPM/About_MCCPM.html.
This Midwife of the Week post was written by Valerie Meharg. It originated on FoMM’s Facebook page and is archived here on our website for your continued enjoyment!
Gail Tully is a Minneapolis based CPM, doula, and doula trainer. As the creator of Spinning Babies, she has become a household name for many birth professionals across the globe. The workshops that Gail and other trained “baby spinners” hold advance the philosophy that in pregnancy and birth, mother and baby are a team that can work together toward achieving spontaneous birth. In over 30 years of practice, Gail has created several doula and childbirth education programs to support women and families, regardless of financial barriers. In all of her contributions to the birthing world, Gail has shown dedication to providing information and outreach to help decrease caesarian rates. Her very informative blog can be found here: http://spinningbabies.blogspot.com/
Midwife of the Week posts, written by Sirene-Rose Lipschutz, originate on FoMM’s Facebook page and are archived here on our website for your continued enjoyment!