Jessica Nipp is a Certified Professional Midwife, registered to practice in the State of Colorado.
Inspired by the home-birth of her daughter in 1995, she was driven to become involved with the childbirth community. Her first step was becoming a licensed massage therapist in 1997, specializing in prenatal and infant massage and attending births as a doula.
Following the home birth of her second child, she completed an active apprenticeship at the Springs Area Midwifery Center, fulfilling her academic and clinical requirements to become a CPM/RM. She also attended Trinity College, recieving a post-graduate degree in Naturopathy in 2005.
Jessica has been attending homebirths since 2001, and as of January 2016 has helped over 820 familes! She currently lives in Colorado Springs with her husband Todd and 2 children Delaney and Devan, and grandson Darius (who was also born at home, caught by Jessica!)
All births will be attended by your primary midwife and one trained birth assistant. These may include another midwife, a doula/birth assistant, or Registered Nurse; all of whom are certified in CPR and Neonatal resucitation. The assistant at your birth may vary depending on schedule conflicts, birth location, or your own preference for who attends your birth. Most often, your primary midwife will arrive to assess your labor, and the assistant will be called when you are closer to birth.
Candace McCollett, BS
CLD (CAPPA), CBE, CLC
Candace is the owner/operator of Westside Birth Connection, offering a variety of pregnancy, birth and postpartum services. She is currently Colorado Springs' most expereinced labor doula, attending births in home, hospital, and birth center settings.
She is a Childbirth Educator, with years of experience teaching independant natural chilbirth classes in her home-classroom.
Candace is also a Certified Lactation Counselor, offering both breastfeeding classes, and in-home breastfeeding counseling or referrals (if needed).
Candace has been attending births with Jessica since 2012, but we are happy to announce that she has become a full-time assistant as of January 2016. Her services are a wonderful addition!
She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and 3 children, all of whom were born at home.
To reach Candace directly: (719) 213-3740
Emily Martin CLD, RMT, CCT
Emily graduated from Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy (CIMT) and became a licensed massage therapist in 2005.
Emily opened her business "Doula Springs" in 2009, where she offers prenatal massage and labor doula services. She is also certified in Cranio-Sacral therapy as well, specializing in the treatment of moms & babies!
She has been attending births with Jessica since 2013, though she is currently on maternity leave, taking a temporary break from attending attending births, following the birth of her 2nd child in 2015.
Emily currently lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, and two children (both of whom were born at home with Jessica!)
Te reach Emily directly: (719) 460-1557
Kari Kwinn, BS, CLD, Certified Yoga Instructor
Kari became a yoga instructor in 2011, and opened Enso: Motherhood Revolution, offering a wide variety of classes, including: prenatal, mother-baby yoga, partner yoga, brestfeeding, natural childbirth, postpartum and baby care, etc.
She is also one of the founding members of Colorado Springs Doula Circle, and currently attends births as a labor doula.
Kari attended the Midwife Assistant Training at the Farm (with Ina May Gaskin).