Christy Santoro, PACPM Liaison

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The first birth I attended was in 1985- it was the birth of my youngest sister, Michelle. I was 11 years old and it was one of the formative experiences of my youth, and the beginning of my journey to becoming a midwife. In 1995, I earned a degree in Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a focus on women’s health and culturally appropriate health care. In the spirit of believing that life and death are next to each other on the circle of life and not at opposite ends of a spectrum, I found that taking care of my Great Uncle through his last year of life and his death was the catalyst to my answering the call to be a midwife. In 1999-2000, I completed the Art of Midwifery Level II Seminar Series taught by Joanne Dozor, CPM before moving to New Mexico for an intensive clinical apprenticeship at the Northern New Mexico Midwifery Center. While in Taos, I worked with women in both the birth center and homebirth settings and in March 2002 completed the requirements for the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and an Associate of Science in Midwifery from the National College of Midwifery. I am currently licensed as a direct-entry midwife in New Jersey, and have previously been licensed in both New Mexico and California.

I moved from Taos, NM to Berkeley, California, where I started a small homebirth practiceand was a member of the Bay Area Homebirth Collective. I returned to the east coast and began working with Karen Webster, founder of WomanWise, in the fall of 2003 and was invited to join as a full partner in the practice the following year. In June of 2008, with the growing demand for homebirth services in Philadelphia and South Jersey calling me to stay closer to home, Motherland Midwifery was born! I now have a vibrant, diverse practice serving 30-60 families a year–many who live in walking distance of my home . I love being a community-based midwife in Philadelphia and South Jersey and my children and I enjoy seeing the babies mama caught grow up around us!

I currently serve as a a member of the faculty and a clinical preceptor for both the National College of Midwifery and Birthwise Midwifery School. I was a founding member and served as co-chair of Midwives Alliance of Pennsylvania (MAP) for many years and in 2013 as the mission of MAP was split between two organizations I have taken a leadership role in the Pennsylvania Association of Certified Professional Midwives (PACPM). Within PACPM, my focus is on working towards the legal recognition and licensure for CPMs in the state with the goal of increasing access to out-of-hospital midwifery care for a wider range of Pennsylvania family while providing measures for safety for and accountability to the families we serve. I currently serve as the liaison between the two statewide groups of MAP and PACPM.

Contact Information:

Motherland Midwifery

Pennsylvania Association of Certified Professional Midwives