Your midwifery team at Freedom and the Seed believes in and supports the apprenticeship model for the training of future midwives. We believe that midwifery is an ancient art and “calling,” not just another professional career choice. Classroom learning with intermittent clinical experience would not equip a student properly for relating to clients with individual and unique needs. Apprenticeship is the absolute best model for teaching future midwives continuity of care for clients. Students see clients from the beginning of their pregnancies through birth and postpartum care. They learn to care about the individual, recognizing first-hand that what might be the “right” answer for one woman may not be for another.
We are very careful and selective about the students we choose to participate in our apprenticeship program. It is vital to us that our students share our values and are compatible with our personalities. For this reason, we hope that if you have hired us, you also will like our apprentices. Even though we are careful, we recognize that not every client always will be completely comfortable with every student, which is why we want you to know that you always come first. We encourage you to fill out occasional student evaluation forms which help both the student and our midwifery team know how they are doing and if there are aspects of their skills and/or training that need improvement.
Students always are supervised and they only are allowed to perform midwifery skills that they have been taught. We also only allow the students to interact with clients who are comfortable with them. If at any time you do not feel comfortable with our students, please let us know. It is very important that your needs are met first, and that you feel at ease with our entire staff.
Isabelle Krize, Apprentice
Hola! I am Isabelle Krize! My love for birth began as a teen. I had the privilege of being present at my two youngest siblings home births. The midwife guided my hands in catching my brother. That experience rooted my love and passion for this work. With each of my own pregnancies, five in total, five different experiences, each had its own set of challenges and I experienced first hand what I see families face every day in their care and birth space. The unknowns, pressures from the provider, making decisions about procedures, informed consent, and the lack of encouragement to trust their body, baby and the process. I started pursuing birth work as a Doula in 2009 and fell in love with all things birth. Even through my own experiences and the hundreds of births I’ve attended as a Doula I know there is still more work to be done. I followed my passion into this work to lend a small hand in the process of change, one family at a time. The calling into Midwifery began in 2017, I have loved sharing the birth space with many different Midwives throughout the valley for the last 4 years, learning and growing, slowly paving the way to my goal of becoming a Certified Professional Midwife. I respect and honor this work and I am grateful for the opportunity to work along side the FATS team as I begin this next chapter. I am excited to get to know you all and serve you on your birth journey. When I am not serving birthing families, my happy place is going on adventures with my husband Josh and our 5 children, being outdoors, playing games and traveling. Watching my boys play football and rugby. Cooking/baking with my daughters. Date nights with Josh. Sister time.
Morgann Burres, Apprentice
My name is Morgann and though I am a Seattle native, I have called Phoenix home since 2015. Though a piece of my heart will forever be drawn to the “green” of the Pacific Northwest, I’ve adjusted to the sun just fine! My husband and I have enjoyed setting down roots here in the Valley for our three daughters.
My journey in the birth world began in doula work seven years ago and most recently involved becoming a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. Walking alongside families as they welcome new life into the world has been one of my greatest joys in life. Midwifery has been on my radar for many years, but it never seemed feasible with young children and no family living nearby. As my daughters have gotten older and my extended family has made their way to the Phoenix Valley, I am finally able to create the margins I need to pursue this dream of becoming a midwife.
I could not be more excited to be a part of the team at Freedom and the Seed. My hope is that you will find compassionate, evidence-based care from me if I get the privilege of meeting you at any point along your journey to parenthood.
Liliana Roth, Apprentice
Hi there, my name is Liliana Roth. From an early age I knew that I wanted to be part of the birth world in some shape or form. My mother and aunt had both been born at home in the water, so homebirth had always been a normal subject growing up. In 2011, I attended my first birth in a hospital, in which midwives worked side by side with the OBs. This was my introduction of midwifery care and my first experience being part of a birth and it was magical. I began my midwifery journey in 2015, when I enrolled in the Via Vita School of Midwifery program. The same year, my partner Thomas and I moved from our home town of Anchorage, Alaska, to Phoenix, so that we could both start school. I finished Via Vita in early 2017, and began working on completing my clinical experience and requirements for PEP through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) to become a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Midwife (CPM, LM). Since 2017, I have continued to apprentice under Jamie Jones (CPM,LM) attending home births, supporting many powerful birthing women. This past year I began working as a birth assistant with the Willow at Home team and soon after, I had the opportunity to start working with Freedom and the Seed and also at East Valley Midwifery with Crystal Peña as an apprentice midwife. FATS is such a wonderful community of women who are all so amazing and such an inspiration to be able to work with. I am so excited to be part of the team and I look forward to supporting and empowering all birthing people and families choosing home birth.
Kassie Anderson, Apprentice
My name is Kassie Anderson, I’m a mother of 4 and a descendant of indigenous Ecuadorian midwives. Birth work is not only in my heart but it is in my blood! I first learned about homebirth in early 2005 when I was just 22 and raising my young daughter. I became a doula shortly after and have never looked back. During that time I had 3 homebirths that were among the most impactful and beautiful moments of my life. I love birth work with all of my heart and I believe that women are so incredibly powerful and should be supported and uplifted by their care provider. I love holding space for women during a beautiful and transformative time of life. I am so excited to be part of the team at Freedom and the Seed and can’t wait to begin my life as a midwife!