Audra is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), certified by the North American Registry of Midwives. Midwifery embraces much of what she cares about including women's holistic health, conscious parenting, authentic relationships, and community. Audra is a graduate of the CHOICE Midwifery School (2006) and practiced as a midwife partner with CHOICE from 2006-2012. Audra has attended approximately 300 births.
Audra created BORN Community Midwives, in May of 2012, with midwife partner Rachel McCloskey, developing an intimate home birth practice, with a balance of intuition, experience, and knowledge. Born Community Midwives supported all families having access to skilled respectful care, equality, and birth justice.
Audra's is a former President and Legislative Committee Chairwoman of the Ohio Midwives Alliance and she is currently an Accountability Board member. Audra was Treasurer of the Midwives Alliance of North America from 2009-2012.
Rachel is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). She has a BFA and a minor in Women’s Studies from the Ohio State University (2001), and an ASM from the National College of Midwifery (2013). She began attending births as a doula in 2008, and began her midwifery apprenticeship in 2009. She completed the clinical portion of her training with CHOICE and Born Community Midwives. Rachel became a primary midwife in May 2013. She has attended over 150 births.
With a deep personal commitment to making sure women are listened to, respected and trusted, Rachel sees her work as part of a greater landscape of change. Together, with other amazing birth workers, she is helping support a radical movement back to the basics of honoring women's bodies and their choices. Emboldened by the power to grow and support new life, Rachel encourages all women to deepen their trust in themselves, their bodies, and the strength of their spirits and inner knowing. Rachel's vision is of a world where all women are supported by people who deeply believe in a woman's power and ability to birth, whether at home, in a birth center, or in a hospital.
We are certified through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). Click here to learn more about the Certified Professional Midwife credential.
Audra and Rachel acknowledge that it is a privilege to be a midwife and are thankful for the ability to do work that creates cultural change in the world. They share deep gratitude with their families and friends for their support and honor the many midwives, teachers, and mentors that have made this work possible.