Meet Anja Farin
I am a Certified Professional Midwife, licensed in Wisconsin. My journey as a birth worker began with my own four births, all of which were un-medicated, one in a hospital setting, and three at home. These babies were raised with breast-sleeping, child-lead weaning, attachment parenting, homeschooling and public schooling. And, as they are all teens and young adults now, I can assure you that they do eventually sleep in their own beds!
As a doula and childbirth educator, I began serving families in 1997. After some time devoted to the above-mentioned parenting of four busy, growing children, I came back to the work of studying midwifery. I earned my CPM and Wisconsin license in 2010. I began studying the Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy in 2013, taking a total of four-week long classes, including Self-Care, Professional Care, Advanced Pregnancy, and culminating in Certification in the techniques in 2017 with the final class in Belize. I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2016, though I spent many years in various La Leche League groups gratefully receiving and eventually providing mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding parents.
I have been married to the love of my life since 1991, and my whole family works behind the scenes to make the support of young families possible. In my free time, I love to hike, take photos, knit, sew, and sing.
~photo credit Fox Valley Birth & Baby
Meet Hanna Donati
Congratulations! Motherhood is the most magical time! I can’t wait to help support you during this stage as your midwife’s assistant.
After putting together my passions for women’s rights, physiologic birth, and my love for babies, I decided to become a doula. I have been serving women of Oshkosh and the Fox Valley through my business BLOOM Doula Services for a year and a half and have attended many births both in hospitals as well as in homes.
As much as I love supporting women as a doula, I feel called to have a more direct impact on the quality of care women receive prenatally, during labor and birth, and postpartum. This led me to learn more about becoming a midwife myself! I traveled to the Farm in Tennessee to study midwifery assistant skills and receive Neonatal Resuscitation certification with their world-renowned midwives. I then serendipitously met Anja, and saw first hand how skilled and knowledgeable she is while I was the doula for one of her home birth clients. When I found out she was looking for an assistant, I jumped at the opportunity to learn from her! I now apprentice and assist Anja at prenatal appointments, births, and postpartum appointments, and it is only solidifying my choice to pursue midwifery! I am a mother, fiancée, pet owner, yogi in training, forever student, and I can’t wait to support you during this amazing time.