Janeyne Sexton, RN, CPM Candidate (Summer 2015)
As a West Philadelphia native and mother of two, my interest in attending birth began during my first pregnancy. I lived in Virginia at the time; had little success finding a midwife and limited knowledge regarding birth. I studied to avoid being shuffled through an impersonal medical system and to arrange for the type of birth I felt I desired, natural, without intervention or augmentation. This led to a wonderful opportunity to experience having my daughter, Oyin, at home which stoked my courage to pursue what soon became a passion for midwifery.
Upon returning to Philadelphia, I chose to break from studies in herbal medicine and attend nursing school. Advised that doula work would provide a setting where I could become more intimate with the craft, I trained with the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) to become a Full Circle doula. Shortly thereafter, I was selected by Birthing Project USA to work as a midwives’ assistant on two international medical delegations to coastal Honduras. Working alongside grand midwives who represented various parts of the United States, I had the opportunity to help facilitate trainings which provided traditional Garifuna midwives with supplies and skills not commonly accessible in the region.
This experience was tremendously educational, provided me with a depth of perspective regarding birth that I repeatedly draw from, and was part of a remarkable progression of events which has included receiving a degree in nursing and passing the Pennsylvania State Board Nursing Examination in 2009. Since that time I have had the privilege of serving as doula as well as assisting Christy with some of the amazing births of Motherland and sharing the sacred first moments of life with many, very beautiful families. In addition to working and learning with the amazing staff at The Birth Center in Bryn Mawr Pa, I began a truly transformative journey toward CPM licensure at Birthwise Midwifery School, where I am a June 2015 graduate. I will be earning my CPM certification by the end of 2015.
It is because of my personal introduction to the miraculous energy of pregnancy and birth, as well as the blessings I have received being able to experience it within my own sanctuary, that I support home birth options. Working with Christy as midwife for the birth of my son, Djoser, and now as a mentor is a precious gift; I feel blessed and honored to be able to function as a part of something so profound and powerful. My gratitude extends to each through whom I continue to learn and grow.