After 20 years attending women at home, home birth midwife Katie Bramhall carefully surveyed the state of/ became increasingly concerned with the state of / birth care and options in the United States, and in Vermont and New Hampshire specifically. While receiving babies and attending mothers in hospital settings, nurse midwife Meghan Sperry witnessed the same troubling lack of/creeping loss of/ etc…
The collaboration between Katie and Megan was initiated as two midwives working together, and quickly expanded to a business partnership built on their shared, first-hand assessments of the lack of birth options in the Upper Valley. With an ever-increasing mortality rate, almost non-existent post-partum care, and the truth that “care” has been dropped in “health care,” the recent closing of the majority of maternity hospitals in the Upper Valley has left an incredible number of women without choice in birth.
Katie and Meghan’s united/partnered work in professional birth services and in building a free-standing birth clinic has shifted the discussion in Vermont and New Hampshire from a lack of services to construction of a beautiful solution. GLMBC was founded with Katie and Meghan’s experiential knowing that women have to want to come to their annual exams and be heard about their whole lives; a woman’s health exists within the context of her whole family and her whole life. Gentle Landing holds this wholeness as essential to/uncompromising in health care, and is committed to caring for women from this position.
Katie (Katherine) Bramhall, CPM, LM, NHCM 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 as President of the Vermont Midwives Association
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."
After my daughter’s birth I began my journey of becoming a nurse. I graduated from Norwich University with honors and continued to push myself through school while being a mom to my now two beautiful children, Grace and Connor.
In order to accomplish my goal, I would hang a list of all the steps and classes I had to get through on my refrigerator as incentive. Having grown up in Randolph I knew Vermont was where I wanted to raise my children and build my career. After Norwich University, I continued on to study midwifery at the University of Cincinnati.
A lot of people think that people become midwives to work with babies but I did it to work with women. The more I worked in midwifery the more I knew that empowering women was my life’s work. Helping someone to see themselves as important and teaching them the power of their self-worth is the most important element in my career. To empower women though some of the biggest and most precious moments of their lives. I do this with my now growing family as well. My husband Chad and I have an amazing blended family of 5 children: Grace 17, Connor 12, Caleb 11, Lena 5 and Griffin 3. 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.
I left there to work in management at CVMC and as a midwife there. I realized quickly that in order to bring change to women’s health I needed to make the next phase of my journey happen. I left CVMC to open my own practice where I soon met my dear partner and friend Katie Bramhall.
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.
Hi, I'm Stephanie! I am the Administrative Director at Gentle Landing Midwifery and Birth Center. I am also a Child Passenger Safety Technician, Certified Lactation Counselor, and a State of New Hampshire Licensed Foster Parent. I live in the Upper Valley with my family and have a background in cartography and geography.
When I became a mom in 2014, I realized the importance of community support. Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes, and I found the help I needed when I reached out to Child Passenger Safety and Lactation professionals. I realized then how important resources are for families and began my journey to help expand these resources in the area.
That journey brought me to Gentle Landing Midwifery and Birth Center where I look forward to sharing what I know with each of you.