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.
Jada Rush, Apprentice
Hi, my name is Jada Rush. I am a wife to a wonderful husband and a mother to three beautiful little girls: our oldest two who bring us such joy, and our baby girl in heaven whom we very recently lost during labor.
Though not currently practicing, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the State of Oklahoma and the State of Indiana, with that journey beginning in 2008. I also have Masters of Divinity (M.Div) degree and a background in ministry, and I am a DONA trained birth doula. I have had a long time passion for women’s healthcare, healthcare in general, and all things mommas, births, and babies. I actually started out as Pre-Med/Biology & Spanish in college with the goal of becoming an OB/GYN. And although I took a different direction in my studies, what I came to call my “medical side” or “itch” never went away. I later came to realize that itch was midwifery all along, and that midwifery was always meant to blend together with all that I am.
I am excited to be a part of the Freedom and the Seed midwifery team and Mill Avenue Midwives, and I look forward to serving and supporting families, offering individualized and dedicated care.
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 community in some way. In 2011, this idea became clearer after I had the opportunity to attend my first birth in a hospital, which happened to have midwives working directly with the OBs, this was my first introduction of midwifery. After graduating high school I learned more about midwifery and home birth, and a whole new magical world opened up for me. This is when I decided that I wanted to pursue becoming a Midwife. I began my 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 our Schooling. I finished Via Vita in early 2017, and began working on completing my PEP through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) to become a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Midwife (CPM, LM). In December 2017, I began apprenticing as a student midwife with Phoenix Home Birth, under Jamie Jones CPM, LM. During that time I attended mainly home births but was able to attend hospital births as a student and doula. In July of this year, I started working as a birth assistant under Crystal Pena for Willow Birth Centers- home birth team. When the opportunity arose to join as a student midwife at FATS and the Mill Avenue Midwives, I was absolutely delighted. The FATS and Mill Avenue Midwives is a community of women who are all so amazing and such an inspiration to be able to work under. I am so excited to be part of the team and I look forward to supporting and empowering birthing people and families.
During my down time I enjoy spending time at home with my partner Thomas and our two cats. I do various forms of art such as acrylic painting, drawing and pottery, it is a great way for me to express myself. I also really love getting out into nature, going camping and hiking whenever I am able.
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!
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.