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

Sarita Bennett, DO, CPM

Sarita has listened to women’s stories all her life – stories about love and birth and healing and death. She grew up in a rural mountain culture that valued self-reliance and in which home birth was the norm. The birth of her first child brought an awareness of a calling to midwifery which she pursued through self-study and attending women in their homes. The births of her own four children taught her to listen to the power of her body and what it means to give birth in ecstasy. In the early 1980’s, she joined with other young midwives in her state to support one another and find sisterhood as they developed standards of care, risk factor guidelines and a well-honed peer review process. In 1994, Sarita found herself answering another calling and began her Osteopathic education at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. After graduating with honors, she completed a family medicine residency with a strong maternity care program and “old-time” family practice approach to birth. In 2001, she returned to her rural home town, providing home birth and general family practice until 2013, when she relocated to begin a new adventure. Along with her passion for midwifery, she discovered her gift for mentoring and is actively involved in educating future midwives through The Academy of Experiential Midwifery Education. Sarita served as secretary for the MANA Board of Directors from October 2011 until being elected as vice president in 2014. From this perspective, she sees the interconnectedness of midwives and the need to work cooperatively if we are going to ensure that women and their families – not big business – are the ones who profit from our birth experiences.

Session type: 
Live Discussion - only available on day of event