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praise for taproot midwifery

I cannot recommend Tel Viehmann Cunningfolk or Taproot Midwifery more highly! I was initially drawn to Taproot because of its intentional inclusiveness and social justice bent; however my partner (who had more reservations about home birth), was more concerned with making sure we were in the hands of a skilled professional. As it turns out, we got a twofer in Tel. From the very first meeting it felt like we were working with an old, dear friend – albeit one who could answer any question under the sun related to pregnancy and birth. Very unlike the clinic visits I had with my first child, my visits with Tel were not just medical check-ins, but almost felt like counseling sessions. Tel asks deep questions, listens extremely well, and makes sure you have all the support you need not just medically, but also psychologically. As a result, I went into my labor feeling supremely confident and supported. But importantly for us (and especially my partner) we also felt that should anything come up, Tel would support whatever decision felt right to us, without judgment. With Tel’s support, we were able to have a smooth and healthy home birth. Additionally – the aftercare Tel provided was truly phenomenal, and made recovery so much easier (because we were doing it all together at home!). In short, I wholeheartedly recommend Taproot Midwifery – in choosing Tel you are choosing a highly skilled practitioner who is supremely kind, deeply conscientious, and whose practice is rooted in values of justice and inclusion. I can’t imagine a more winning choice, and look forward to staying connected with the Taproot Midwifery community for years to come.

-- Sara Jackson

What a wonderful experience! We looked at some cost effective alternatives to hospital birth and met with a few different midwives. The first meeting with Mackenzie was amazing, we saw her passion for home birth and we knew she was the midwife for us. From the prenatal care, to the birth process, to the loving post natal care of our precious boy, Mackenzie and Tel were awesome! And all of this in our home! I was a VBAC mom and decided to have a water birth. Everything went smoothly and I felt safe in their care. Mackenzie and Tel were both very professional, caring, and the attentive to detail. Their care exceeded our expectations. The whole experience was amazing from beginning to end. Thank you Mackenzie and Tel!
— Janice

One month ago our son, Slydell, entered the world. He was born at home, into my own waiting hands, and then was passed into his daddy's arms while I received important postnatal care from our incredible midwife. We are pretty blessed that our midwife just happens to be one of my dearest friends, Mackenzie Rose Leeke! She also happens to be one of the most intelligent, brave, caring, tough, compassionate and capable women that I have the honor and privilege of knowing. She is a tremendous asset to our community.

-- Heidi Hodgson

I had the honor and pleasure of working with Tel and Mackenzie of Taproot Midwifery for a home birth. They were both amazing and Tel is the midwife you are looking for. As a Doula I am always watching to see who the best health care providers are and she is one. She was present, attentive, directive, loving and knowledgeable.
— Rafeal Newport-Hewitt, Doula

Tel is one of the nicest and kindest people I've ever met. My husband and I are so thankful we found her. Having her as my midwife for my third birth (first home water birth) was the best decision ever! She made the whole experience so comfortable - from the initial consultation, prenatal appointments, the birth, to the postnatal appointments. I couldn't be happier with how everything went. My birth was just as I imagined it - relaxed and unhurried and Tel's calm demeanor had a lot to do with that. She is so knowledgeable. I knew I was in great hands even from the very beginning. She is a great listener. I felt like I had full control over how I wanted to birth. She is also so good with my newborn baby boy. It was just a wonderful experience all around. Thanks, Tel, for making this such an unforgettable experience. You have a friend in us forever

-- Nerissa Magbitang

From the prenatal care, to the birth process, to the loving post natal care of our precious boy, Mackenzie and Tel were awesome! Everything went smoothly and I felt safe in their care. Mackenzie and Tel were both very professional, caring, and the attentive to detail. Their care exceeded our expectations. The whole experience was amazing from beginning to end.
— Janice
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The Doing It At Home podcast included an episode with some of our Taproot Midwifery clients! Listen below to hear their story.

From the DIAH Podcast show notes:
What links the terms black minimalism, veterans, eco-conscious lifestyle and home birth? Today’s birth story! In this episode we’re chatting with Pastaveia and Sean St. John, new parents to their daughter sage and an awesome couple with a powerful story.

First off, Pastaveia and Sean have been married for 15 years after first meeting while both were in active military duty. Once they were ready to expand their family, they already had ideas to have their birth outside of the hospital. Oddly enough, Pastaveia had spent most of her career up to that point working in hospitals, so she felt that gave her confirmation in her desire to seek a different experience.

Pastaveia loved being pregnant - she stayed active and kept a strong, healthy mindset. She also lives a plant-based lifestyle...