ABOUT OUR TEAM:
All of the members of our team are deeply connected in life so as to work synergistically together. As birth professionals, our work environment and personal lives are always overlapping due to the 24/7 nature of the work we do. It is important to us that we have a workplace in which we are authentic, supported and enriched by the services we offer.
Lauryn is Kristy's eldest daughter who has been by her mom's side and watching and learning throughout her life. She quietly developed a passion to serve moms and newborns. Inherently good with children, Lauryn began attending births by watching siblings so that Dad could support Mom through the labor. Her empathetic personality gives her the ability to help families in whatever way they most need support.
The team all shares similar interests, values and perspectives. They knew of each other but were not yet good friends prior to Brittany's joining IMM in 2021. Since 2021, we have developed a strong family-like bond and enjoy time together both at work and in free time. Having many over-lapping interests, our lives have all become inter-twined so as to allow us each to do what we love and still have time for family and friends who like to spend time with outside of our work.
Kristy Wilson, CPM, BSM
I know that preparing for labor and giving birth is a personal and intimate experience. In addition to personally giving birth naturally nine times, I have assisted hundreds of women as a midwife and doula. My own experiences in childbirth challenged me personally and gave me a deeper appreciation for the inherent strength of women and the natural birth experience for the baby. Childbirth served to be an awakening experience for me in which I realized the need for women to be supported through this stage of life.
It became my passion to serve other women throughout their childbearing year - that they, too, might discover her inherent strength and welcome her child in the gentlest way possible. Traditionally, midwifery was not a career, but a rite of passage handed down from one generation to the next. Experienced women served to support pregnant women and assist them through pregnancy, birth and even after. The births of my own children became the catalyst for my midwifery training.
I am passionate about natural birth and a strong advocate for mother-and-baby centered care. I believe that how a mother and her infant are treated during pregnancy and labor can and will leave lasting effects and with this I offer compassionate and personalized midwifery services. I will offer education and guidance as you make choices regarding what is best for your family.
For over 20 years, I have practiced an holistic and herbally-based lifestyle with an interest in alternative medicine, homeopathics, traditional chinese medicine and whole foods based nutrition. After the birth of my third child, in 2004, I began independent study of midwifery in preparation for a midwifery apprenticeship. Finally in 2013 I entered a formal apprenticeship which provided me with years of hands-on experience under the guidance of two midwives. It has been my privilege to attend the births of over 350 babies and serve as a source of prenatal and postpartum support to over 500 women.
In addition to midwifery and hands-on labor support, I have provided postpartum care to hundreds of women through my well-reputed placenta preparation team which has served over 500 women since 2013. I have training in nutrition, the use of herbs and essential oils, aromatherapy, kinesiology, hypnobirthing, waterbirth, VBAC and HBAC, placenta preparation and belly binding. I seek to provide a holistic maternity experience for both you and your baby through the incorporation of body, mind and spirit awareness for your best possible birth experience.
I am a strong advocate for family-centered living. I am wife, partner and best friend to Aaron for over 20 years and together we have had the challenge and honor of raising and homeschooling our children. I have been involved with buyer’s groups and coops to assist other families within the community and inspire further interest in holistic health. During my childhood and young adult life, I was a baton twirler and traveled on competitive and performing teams at the local, state and national level. My interest and history in dance has provided me with a strong physical and mental foundation and a discipline that grew into a love for performing arts, especially culturally-based dance. Many of my children are Irish dancers and have performed and competed within the international Irish Dance community and a few of them have been national and world qualifiers.
In 2018, our family relocated from the Southwest of the US back to our home state of Pennsylvania. I am thrilled to offer homebirth midwifery services in the same state where I had my own first homebirth decades ago. For leisure, I enjoy hiking, swimming, knitting, reading and spending time at home with my husband and children. My family has been my biggest source of encouragement and inspiration to help other families.
Certified Madriella Labor Support/Doula (CLD)
NRP Certified Midwifery Assistant
Lauryn is a certified labor doula who has professionally attended over fifty births in the capacity of doula and assistant. Having first been present for six of her siblings' births, she was fourteen when she was first a doula for her mother.
Lauryn attended a Helping Babies Breathe workshop in 2020 and received her doula certification (MCD) from Madriella Doula Network in 2021. Lauryn has attended both hospital and home births and served as a labor doula, childcare doula and midwife's assistant.
She holds current certifications in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation Certification through the American Academy of Pediatrics (2021).
She is a 2021 high school graduate working toward a psychology major and looks forward to continuing to serve families through her college years.
Lauryn was born in Florida and moved around quite a bit during her younger years before settling with her family in their home state of Pennsylvania. She has three brothers, two of whom are older than her, and five younger sisters.
Lauryn enjoys knitting, cross-stitching, watching movies, writing novels, listening to music, and reading books.
NRP Certified Midwifery Assistant Labor Support/Doula
Ever since attending the birth of her brother at the age of 14, Brittany has been interested in birth and midwifery. Not knowing where to begin for a long time, she filled the years traveling, tutoring and working in the restaurant industry. With the 2020 blow to the service industry and the honor of attending the birth of a close friend in that same year, her passion to support women and babies was rekindled. Brittany's organizational skills and approachable personality make her a welcome addition to our team.
Brittany is a compassionate doula with an innate knowledge of how to best help laboring mamas. She cares for each family in our practice by providing information, resources, physical support and encouragement and personalized guidance to cheerfully assist each family throughout their pregnancy, birth and postpartum. As an assistant to Kristy, Brittany's activities in the office, at births and beyond allow each family to experience personalized care from a care approach to pregnancy.
Brittany has current certifications in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation through the American Academy of Pediatrics (2021) and has begun training with CST Alliance to be able to provide Craniosacral Treatments.