After 20 years attending births out-of-hospital, homebirth midwife Katherine (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 Meghan and Katherine 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 Katherine and Meghan, the clear solution was to create a new choice in maternity care: an independent, midwife-led, 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.
Katherine (Katie) 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.
Katherine 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.
Katherine 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.
Katherine served on the Vermont Maternal Mortality Review Board for 4 years and is past-President of the Vermont Midwives Association from 2018 - 2021.
In 2004, in response to the Bam, Iran earthquake, Katherine 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. Katherine developed and served as the director/organizer of the student midwife program at the Bali, Indonesia birth clinic until its closure in 2014. She traveled to Bali each year as a volunteer midwife, fundraiser and a US liaison until 2018.
Bumi Sehat Foundation International has been an integral part of Katherine'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. Katherine'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 Katherine has been deeply involved in Bumi Sehat's unfolding path as the organization becomes internationally known, funded, and loved.
In early 2010 Katherine 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 earthquake-affected women and capacity-built Haitian healthcare workers and midwives on safe maternal/child practices.
"My daughter Katherine 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 Katherine 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.
Katherine 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."
Meghan has several years of experiences blended from both in-hospital and out-of-hospital experiences. She graduated with her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 2010. She worked the first 4 years in a low risk hospital doing full scope midwifery, then moved into a combination of management and working in a high risk center. She opened her private practice in 2018 and partnered as an owner and builder of Gentle Landing Birth Center in 2019. She offers full scope midwifery services at Gentle Landing spanning from puberty though menopause.
"As a first time mother, I could not have asked for better care in my pregnancy, birthing and motherhood journey. I feel extremely lucky to be part of the Gentle Landing family.."