Meet the Midwife
MICHELLE INGRAM-SANDERS, ASM, CDEM, CPM
As a child, I was fascinated with babies, birth, and health. As a teenager, I read a copy of Prescription for Nutritional Healing (yes, for fun) and at age 17, I found a midwifery textbook at my local library and read it cover to cover. I was so intrigued with midwifery but the time had not yet come. My husband and I married in 1999 and started a family. Our first daughter was born at a nearby hospital where our experience was not what we had hoped for. Our son and second daughter were born at home attended by a midwife. The hospital and home birth experiences were like night and day, and my calling to be a midwife grew stronger. I read voraciously about birth for years waiting for the right time. When our youngest daughter was 18 months old, the opportunity to become a birth assistant presented itself and my midwifery journey really began.
I have been attending births at home since 2007: first as birth assistant and apprentice midwife then as primary midwife. During my training, I attended births with three midwives in southern Indiana. I also attended a 5-week clinical placement at a birth center in Utah for additional experience with five more midwives. I completed the Portfolio Evaluation Process and was granted the Certified Professional Midwife credential by the North American Registry of Midwives in 2010. I later enrolled in the CPM bridge program at the Midwives College of Utah where I graduated magna cum laude. I applied to become a Certified Direct Entry Midwife (licensed midwife) in Indiana as soon as it was available. I maintain training in both Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) and Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) and enjoy attending additional trainings such a Birth Emergency Skills Training (B.E.S.T.) whenever possible.
I currently serve as President of the Indiana Midwives Association (IMA) and am a member of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM).
I live in a fabulous neighborhood just outside of Bedford with my husband and our three children, 3 cats, and 1 dog. In my spare time I enjoy reading, finding new ways to be active, and spending time with family and friends.