Certified Professional Midwife
Blue Water Midwifery
Heather Lemanski is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and I have been attending births as a midwife's assistant or apprentice since 2011, when I began my first apprenticeship. Since then, I have worked with 6 different midwives in the metro Detroit area and surrounding communities. I enjoy working alongside different midwives and my practice is a good melting pot of midwifery styles.
I am a current member of the Michigan Midwives' Association, a certified Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) and an adult / child / infant CPR provider. I have had the privilege of attending over 150 births and in April 2018 I obtained my Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential from the North American Registry of Midwives.
I have been married to my college sweetheart, John, since 2004 and we have 4 children together! I gave birth to my first child in a “normal, induced hospital birth” in 2005. It was a “typical” American birth and while becoming a mother for the first time was joyous in itself, her birth left me feeling like I had missed out on something.
My transition to motherhood was complicated with the feelings that my birthing experience could have been different, better, special. Not something I needed to be rescued from, but something I needed to experience fully and in my own way. This led me on the path to exploring home birth. When I gave birth to my second child at home in 2009, I felt that there was nothing I could not do!
It was during my third pregnancy in 2011 that I felt the calling to birth work and midwifery.I feel all women should have the choice to birth how, where and with whom they want. Normal labor and birth is not an emergency and does not have to be a medical event.