Traditional Midwifery: Discussion with Renata Hillman, Sherri Daigle, Sarita Bennett and Tomasina Oliver

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 3:00pm

Renata will lead a discussion on Traditional Midwifery with Sherri Daigle, Sarita Bennett and Tomasina Oliver. Renata was self taught and utilizes the older methods of Naturalistic Midwifery Care.

  1. What did Midwifery look like 100 years ago.
  2. How has Midwifery evolved in the past 25 years.
  3. How do we return to a more Traditional/Naturalistic Midwifery?
  4. What does that mean to our midwifery families?
  5. Where do you get those skills and that wisdom?

Renata Hillman, CPM

Renata lives in southern Mississippi. She is Mother to 3 children; the last, her daughter, was born at home. She has 5 precious Grandchildren; she was honored to catch 4 at home.

From the beginning of her journey, she has known that 51% of her “Calling” was to attend Mothers as a Midwife.  And 49%, was to share all that God and the families she served imparted into her life. That has included serving as a childbirth educator and assistant since 1981 and attending her first homebirth as a midwife in 1986. She became a Registered Nurse in 1989 and resigned her nursing license to serve solely at homebirths in 1992. She received her CPM in 2008.

Renata has educated and trained Childbirth Educators, Doulas, and Apprentices, since the late 80s. She very much believes that to be a Midwife it truly takes the (heart, hands, and head) of a Midwife. The head; knowledge of a midwife can be acquired through many routes. Whether that be self-study, being mentored by an experienced midwife, or through a formal school. The hands may be acquired in an apprenticeship or through a formal schooling environment. But only the woman can decide if her heart is truly “the Heart of a Midwife”.

All of this to guarantee that her granddaughters and great granddaughters will have a loving, skilled, and knowledgeable Midwife available; if they choose to seek one out for their births.


Sherri Daigle

Sherri Daigle, LM, CPM, MSW

Sherri Daigle has been a midwife for 35 years. Helping legalize midwifery in her home state of Louisiana, she was active in helping to pass legislation, and create midwifery practice and birth center regulation. She has taught midwifery at college level, as well as working as preceptor. She has worked tirelessly in home birth and birth center settings. She helped to create Louisiana’s first accredited birth center. Sherri has six wonderful children, and 4 grandchildren she enjoys spending time with. Currently she is working in a quiet home birth practice. She has watched midwifery grow from a homespun art to a respected profession, and is still amazed at the creative power of women through the lifespan.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 3:00pm
Session type: 
Live Discussion - only available on day of event