Opening Pathways for Midwifery and Prenatal Bodywork
Nicole Morales (she/her) is a mother, wife, homebirth midwife, Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer, Breech Advocate, and educator. She has a small homebirth practice in San Diego, California and integrates bodywork in her midwifery practice. She also works with families presenting breech helping them navigate their changing circumstances later in pregnancy. Nicole is a Birthing from Within Mentor, Birth Story Listener, and a storyteller who finds guidance in stories for the rite of passage of pregnancy, birth, parenting, and resilience. Nicole also facilitates storytelling classes over Storytelling, Healing, and the Birthworker’s Journey.
An interview with Nicole:
Jamie Mossay (she/her) has been serving the San Diego community as a massage therapist/bodyworker for 20 years and started attending births as a doula in 2009. A mother, Birth Story Listener®, and Certified Birthing From Within® Mentor and Facilitator, she has studied, practiced, and taught numerous modalities working primarily with pregnant, laboring, and postpartum people and their families and those who serve them. She is the creator of the DANCES® approach to prenatal bodywork and Birthing From Within®’s Touch From Within course, and is a Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner and Instructor.
An interview with Jamie:
Emma Moreland (she/her) is a bodyworker and homebirth midwife based in Southern California. After deciding to become a midwife after the birth of her fifth child, she set out to gain a deeper understanding of birth physiology while also hoping to fill the gap of representation in her midwifery community. Emma began apprenticing with a Nicole Morales in 2017 who helped her cultivate the skills of ceremonious birth, parent-led birth positioning, solution-focused and parent-child focused care, and informed as well as embodied consent. She also was mentored by Jamie Mossay in the art of intuitive touch for prenatal body balancing and childbirth education through Birthing From Within. Emma is a Spinning Babies Trainer and Spinning Babies Aware Practitioner Instructor.
Rindi Cullen-Martin (she/her) is a mother of two children and birth doula. Initially studying the interplay of mind and body as it relates to sport and exercise performance, giving birth profoundly changed Rindi and inspired her journey into birth work. As a birth doula, she is passionate about empowering families through the mind-body connection and education, providing opportunity for informed choices and ownership of their birth and parenting experiences. Rindi also serves as doula to Nicole, Jamie, and Emma in their educational and creative endeavors.