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.
Che Phifer, Apprentice
Hello, my name is Che Phifer. I am a wife and mother of three grown boys. I’ve worked in emergency services as an EMT, 911 operator, and dispatcher for over 20 years. In that time I was honored to serve and care for people from many communities during the most challenging times of their lives. I also worked to organize programs to teach both the public and emergency workers about diversity and inclusion. After retiring 3 years ago I decided it was time to follow that tugging in my soul to become a midwife. I am a DONA trained doula, childbirth educator, and an AZDHS trained breastfeeding educator. At home, I enjoy spending time studying herbalism, as well as creating teas, tinctures, salves, and creams to support the health of families. I believe that birthing people deserve to be fully informed, educated and supported in their choices. Being a part of that journey, holding space for them while they are in their power, is a humbling beautiful journey to be a part of. I am thrilled to be part of the FATS team and the Mill Avenue Midwives! The collective knowledge they bring and the dedication to evidence-based practice, education, and support for personal choice, is evident in everything they do.
Nikki Brewer, Apprentice
My name is Nikki Brewer. I am a mother. I am a lover of all things Birth. I am a woman that supports all women. Mama of 3 sons. 2 home birth/water births. 1-hospital birth with midwife. All unmedicated. This is not for everyone! But has been for me. My love for pre-and post natal women began 1996 with the pregnancy of my first son. During my pregnancy I became a student midwife and have been in the birth community in one way or another ever since. Previously owner of Ha Yoga specializing in prenatal~ postpartum and women’s yoga. I begin teaching yoga in 2009. You can find me teaching prenatal and postpartum yoga in various settings in the East Valley including MAMa. I currently offer massage to ALL WOMEN at MAMs. Any pregnant or postpartum women in need of bodywork please reach out! I have bolsters to accommodate all phases of pregnancy as well as Postpartum.
My passions are educating mamas and their families. Mothering the mother. Equality for all women. In my experience the journey from maiden to mother brought unexpected ~not talked about changes. I felt alone in my new experience, but also felt connected innately to the process. My mission is to hold space for women to come as they are. A space for women to feel comfortable. A space for women to branch out and meet other like-minded women. A space to learn and grow. As we dive into the journey of motherhood it is important to stay connected. Women NEED other women. Our social nervous systems need community. I invite you to get out and talk, learn, teach and help other mamas.