Rhione Zeixchel, Oregon licensed midwife, has attended hundreds of births since 1981 and has provided primary care to more than 350 mothers. As an apprentice-trained midwife, she has been privileged to learn from many teachers in the wise-woman tradition.
Her work has expanded to include the benefits of homeopathic medicine, waterbirth, along with intuition-based practices she describes as “deep listening” to the unborn. She is inspired by the concept that pre-born babies and newborns have a huge open field of consciousness, ready to be imprinted with love from us as “birth guardians.”
Certain key tenets guide Rhione’s love of this work: knowing that for women and families, the natural birth process is innately healing; understanding newborn babies as fully conscious beings in little bodies; and believing that a woman’s way to natural birth is paved with her own listening and trusting.
Rhione had four gentle midwife-attended homebirths herself. She loved being pregnant and loved being in labor! “I think my first true midwife “mentor” was the midwife who helped me with my first baby. She was definitely what I would call a “spiritual midwife.” It was the opportunity of a lifetime to receive midwifery care from her. Her attention, as I journeyed through my own birth process at home allowed me to wake up on a very deep level. It is difficult for me to imagine how this could have been possible with standard OB care and a hospital birth. It was her quality of graceful devoted PRESENCE during the prenatals and the birthing which facilitated an awakening.”
Mothers’ own ecstatic birthing stories inspired her to become certified in HypnoBirthing since 2001. With midwife friend Jae Rowan, she co-created Three Sisters Midwifery in 2012. Working with this inspired, passionate group of midwives is a well-spring of joy for Rhione as well as a profound network of support for the families she serves.
Jae learned that pregnancy and birth are normal and natural processes from her grandmother, who birthed 13 children at home. Whenever these pregnancies and births were discussed, there was never any fear or concern mentioned. The birth of Jae’s mother, a twin birth, was a simple and uneventful, unassisted home birth. With this legacy, Jae chose to have her first baby at home with midwives. She was deeply grateful for the personal and compassionate care given to her by the midwives, which was the inspiration for her to begin the study of midwifery. Her path as a woman and mother has been intertwined with her study of yoga, midwifery, parenting and communication. The study of yoga began as a whole family endeavor, initiated in her late childhood, and provided a foundation in relaxation, breathing and meditation that has served her in all areas of her life.
After giving birth to her first child, she realized the importance of remaining relaxed, and was able to bring this deep relaxation into the next three births. When she first read about HypnoBirthing, it made so much sense that when a woman is relaxed, the birthing process can unfold more ease-fully. The process of sharing this information with many families in the Rogue Valley over the last several years, and supporting and witnessing many families using HypnoBirthing, has deeply transformed her view of birthing and her understanding of the mind.
Jae loves the opportunity to support families during their pregnancy and to help them grow in awareness physically, mentally, and emotionally. She is devoted to helping parents welcome their babies with awareness and gentleness. In 2011 Jae completed a yoga teacher training to become certified with the Yoga Alliance. Teaching prenatal yoga has been a long time dream of Jae’s. She has such a passion for sharing yoga and it has been a joy to teach both prenatal yoga and post-partum yoga for mothers and babies.
Maraya is a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), a mother of two young children, and a wife to Michael Brown. She was born and raised in Ashland and has returned home after being away since 1995.
She's been around Birth since 2000, first as a Doula, then working internationally in West Africa and Central America as a midwife apprentice. She finished her CNM Masters training at Yale University in 2007. Since that time, she has worked in Hawaii assisting women in women's health, reproductive health, primary care, and birth. She has attended both homebirths and hospital births. Both of her children were born at home.
As a CNM she has the advantage of being able to bill most insurances differently and also has prescriptive authority.
She is passionate about helping women in their transition through puberty, reproduction, birth, and menopause. She is an active and loving mom and wife and has a deep belief in the natural and powerful transformation that can happen in becoming a parent. She also is a lover of music and dance, as well as yoga and nutrition.