After 20 years attending births out-of-hospital, homebirth midwife Katie Bramhall carefully surveyed available choices in maternity care providers and settings in both Vermont and New Hampshire. What she found was that available choices are filled with gaps, and options are rapidly dwindling. While receiving babies and attending births in the hospital setting, nurse midwife Meghan Sperry witnessed the same troubling occurrences and vital need for immediate change.
The collaboration between Katie and Meghan was initiated in an attempt to improve the landscape of birth in Vermont and New Hampshire. This collaboration quickly evolved into a business partnership built on their first-hand assessments of maternity care shortfalls in the Upper Valley region as well as their shared belief that every individual deserves access to quality, equitable, and respectful maternity care. With increasing maternal mortality and morbidity rates in the United States, the recent consolidation and closing of maternity units leaves the Upper Valley community and beyond with limited choices for care.
For Katie and Meghan, the clear solution was to create a new choice in maternity care: a freestanding birth center. Gentle Landing Midwifery Birth Center is based on the need that we all want to be seen and cared for as a whole person and that our health exists within the context of our entire life history. Gentle Landing Midwifery holds this wholeness as essential to uncompromising health care. We are deeply committed to caring for you from this position.
Katie (Katherine) Bramhall is a certified professional midwife, licensed in Vermont and New Hampshire. She is a graduate of a nationally accredited midwifery school and has practiced home birth midwifery in Vermont and New Hampshire since 2008. She blends her philosophy of kindness and acceptance with her depth of knowledge and life experience to provide gentle, peaceful and safe home birth midwifery care.
Katie blends over 30 years of birth experience in a wide variety of settings and situations, a compassionate heart, deep listening and a scientific mind to offer comprehensive, creative and individualized care to each family she is blessed to work with. She is a fierce advocate for informed choice, committed partnership in care and evidence-based midwifery.
Katie has worked for years to establish peaceful, collaborative relationships with health care providers all over the state of Vermont and New Hampshire, including hospitals, obstetricians, pediatricians, naturopathic doctors, nurse midwives, family doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and much more, so that if the need arises, a family's care can be collaborative and/or transferred in a peaceful and respectful way.
Katie serves on the Vermont Maternal Mortality Review Board and is past-President of the Vermont Midwives Association from 2018 - 2021.
In 2004, in response to the Bam, Iran earthquake, Katie began her intensive years of disaster relief work, focusing on the long-term effects of trauma on family and maternal/child health systems. In addition to Iran, her relief work has taken her to Russia, Aceh and Bali Indonesia, New York City, post-Katrina Louisiana and Haiti. She is the founder and President of Bumi Sehat Foundation International in the US. Katie developed and served as the director/organizer of the student midwife program at the Bali, Indonesia birth clinic until its closure in 2014. She travels to Bali each year as a volunteer midwife, fundraiser and a US liaison.
Bumi Sehat Foundation International has been an integral part of Katie's midwifery and humanitarian service work since January 2006. Bumi Sehat is a non-profit, village-based organization that runs two by-donation community health centers in Bali and Aceh, Indonesia, with a mission to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality and to support the health and wise development of communities. Katie's role has evolved from midwife volunteer to also include creating a student midwife program, international doula training, and serving as President of the U.S. office. In 2011, midwife Robin Lim of Bumi Sehat was nominated for and won the CNN Hero of the Year Award, and Katie has been deeply involved in Bumi Sehat's unfolding path as the organization becomes internationally known, funded, and loved.
In early 2010 Katie co-founded and served as Director at the Bumi Sehat birth clinic in post-earthquake Haiti. She worked closely with the Haitian Minister of Health in Jacmel, delivered babies to high-risk earthquake-affected women and capacity-built Haitian healthcare workers and midwives on safe maternal/child practices.
"My daughter Katie is one of my four children. She grew up in a cabin in the woods in upstate New York in farm country. Living in the woods kept Katie close to nature and as a result, she became self-sufficient and strong in body, mind and spirit. She was bright in school and spent a great deal of time outside, riding horses, walking, skiing and gardening.
When she was 15 she volunteered at a hospital for the summer. That began her life of caring for people.
Katie got married and birthed two of her own daughters. She and their father raised them together on a lot of land and home schooled them. During that time she trained for and became a Polarity Practitioner and started a private practice in her home. My daughter has an overflowing abundance of compassion and can't not take care of people. She is a natural caregiver and has been since she was young. She is calm and strong in a crisis, upbeat, optimistic and warm. And she is always learning. She never stops learning."
Midwifery is simply the biggest joy of my life. A lot of women think that midwives do what they do because they love babies. I do what I do because I love watching women empowered by their strengths. I started my own journey as a mother realizing that the power and the strength that I felt from birthing my daughter was nothing short of amazing and I chose at that moment to become a midwife. I attended Norwich University for my undergraduate and then onto the University of Cincinnati for my graduate degree. I help women providing them with full scope midwifery services in the office and at their homes.
I have been honored to grow my own family as well. My husband Chad and I have an amazing blended family of 5 children: Grace 19, Connor 14, Caleb 13, Lena 7 and Griffin 5. We work hard to help them embrace their inner-selves and to work though the challenges of life.
Since I started this journey of becoming a nurse-midwife I have always known inside of myself that my journey would lead to the opening of my own practice and free-standing birth center. Upon completion of my training I knew I would need to gain skills and learn how to clearly handle emergencies if I was going to open a center where we would assist women to grow their families. So, I grew… I grew well and I sought to purposefully gain experiences that would lead me to the present.
I worked in a full-scope midwifery practice at Gifford Medical Center for about 5 years then left there knowing I was going to need to learn to work with high-paced volume and emergencies. I then went to work at Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts in the high risk OBGYN triage center. There I learned well and I learned fast how to deal with high and low risk pregnancies, woman’s health concerns and emergency situations. I worked with amazing obstetricians, residents and midwives alike. I loved every moment but knew that my heart belonged elsewhere. It was at a round table in White River Junction that I heard Katie Bramhall speak about her desire to see more birth options in the Upper Valley and one of these she said would be to open a free standing birth center. After the meeting I approached her and explained to her that I would be helping her open a free standing birth center. She and I started work right away and here 2.5 years later we opened Gentle Landing Birth Center here in Hanover, NH close to a large hospital where we are ready to support the community in birth choice.
I am here to pour my heart and soul into a community where the word Care is the center of what brings us all together.
Juliana has supported hundreds of individuals and families through the childbearing year since 2009. In 2013, Juliana completed a nationally accredited apprenticeship program through the North American Registry of Midwives and became a Certified
Professional Midwife. Over the years, she has assisted many Vermont community midwives and now proudly joins the midwifery team of Gentle Landing Midwifery and Birth Center.
In addition to working as a midwife, Juliana also completed a Masters in Education degree from the University of Vermont, she is a Carriage House Birth Doula, BirthFit! Professional, and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. Juliana serves as a volunteer labor doula at the University of Vermont Medical Center and is a board member of the Vermont Midwives Association. During Juliana’s years of apprenticeship, she worked at Yaysan Bumi Sehat in Bali, Indonesia under the supervision of midwives Katie Bramhall, Robin Lim, and Erin Ryan. Katie and Juliana are thrilled to again work together in service to families.
Juliana has a daughter that was born at home, a star child, and a stepdaughter. She lives in Vermont with her children and husband.