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.
Lora Fiala, Apprentice
Lora has been in the birth world since 2015. It all started with the preparation for the birth of her first son. She wanted an unmedicated birth and was encouraged to take a childbirth class by her midwives. She and her husband did just that and after the birth of their son, Lora knew she wanted to pass along the knowledge she had gained to other birthing families. Lora fell naturally into the education side of birth as she has a background in elementary education.
After teaching for a few years and going on to have a second son at home she knew she wanted to be more involved in the birth process. She went on to become an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor, Spinning Babies® Parent Educator, and a Certified Doula. Lora is currently working towards becoming a Certified Professional Midwife.
Haley Simmonds, Apprentice
Hi! My name is Haley. I have had passion and admiration for the world of birth since I was a young child. As soon as I learned to use the TV remote, I was searching for shows like Birth Day and One Born Every Minute. There is no better description for my feelings about birth at that time than awestruck. Even today, the power and beauty of pregnancy and birth leaves me nothing short of amazed. In highschool, I took a college prep class that prompted me to research my intended career path. My passion for midwifery was reignigted and I discovered my calling to be a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Midwife. My education in midwifery began in 2019 in the Direct Entry Midwife program at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. After a year and a half of academic work, my clinical experience began in my home state of Minnesota in the summer of 2020. My partner and I moved to Phoenix in the Winter of 2020 and we have called it home since! I am so excited and grateful to be a part of the Freedom and the Seed team, and to have the privilege to share in the wonderful journey of birth with many of you. When I am not in clinic and attending births, my partner and I adore being parents to our baby son, Oakley. Though I was born in Minnesota, I spent 10 spectacular years in Dubai which inspired my heart for travel and appreciation for culture. Even with family in every corner of the earth, I am very glad that much of my immediate family is here in AZ to help support me in making my dream of midwifery come true!
Sydney Jackson , Apprentice
Greetings! Sydney Jackson (they/she), here. I am so excited to be a student Midwife learning this ancient art, and to be on the FATS team for this part of my journey. My interest has always been piqued by the Midwife archetype, and my spirit hungry for any stories or images that gave me a better look into her mystery and mastery. The practice is so vast and ancient that I am deeply humbled and honored to hear this call. I look forward to all the spaces I will traverse and all the portals I will co-create. The first birth I attended was on a Virgo Full Moon! What a powerful and poignant time.
I am a trained dancer, specializing in rolling around, sometimes with others, and in odd places, making funny shapes. Much like birth! My lifelong study of the body offers me so much and those I extend care to. It brought me to bodywork which brought me to doula work which brought me to midwifery. As a care practitioner and a transition worker, I facilitate bodywork sessions for pairs, groups, and individuals. Pregnant people and those experiencing other life transitions are my favorite to work with! I also offer Reiki sessions for pregnant families and friends. I hope we will work together soon, my table is always open.
I currently hold a Provisional Certificate as a SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Companion, where I did my doula training in Fall of 2021, and an Advanced Reiki Practitioner Certificate. I am a part of the Village Mothers Doula Collective, a spirit filled entity of Modaba- Moms, Dads, and Babies. See you around!
Cherron Sutten, Apprentice
Hello, I am Cherron! I’m from Georgia and Alabama. I moved to Arizona in 2018 to pursue becoming a midwife and naturopathic doctor. My journey of birth work began in 2010 when a friend who was 18 at the time became pregnant and terrified! We laugh together about it now. We were both young, working at a movie theater when she approached me and asked if I could be there for support during her birth. I soon found out she needed much more support than I was equipped to give. She desired a natural birth in a hospital in the state of Alabama. Her mother and the rest of the birth team however were not acquainted with the process of natural birth and did not agree with her decisions. I took classes and became a doula before her delivery date so that I could not only be an advocate for her during her delivery, but also ensure the both of us would be well-informed to make decisions throughout her labor. Adversity, negligence, and misinformation were the types of births I continued to encounter throughout my years as a doula. But I always feel so blessed to witness the increased confidence and empowerment of mothers after a healthy delivery. I am excited to now study and learn with equally passionate women at Freedom and the Seed. My education at SCNM alongside these midwives further support my intentions as a future midwife and ND, which is to support the mother in preparing her mind and body for labor and delivery while providing care for a healthy home birth.