Meet the Birth Team
MICHELLE SANDERS, 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 have been attending births at home for 10 years: 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 in 2017. 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 little neighborhood just outside of Bedford with my husband and our three children (now ages 16, 14, and 11), 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.
ASHLEY SEIBERT, STUDENT MIDWIFE
Ashley was accepted into the practice as apprentice midwife in 2017. She will complete her clinical training with the practice and is enrolled at National College of Midwifery. She has been working as a birth assistant since 2011 and is trained in both Neonatal Resuscitation and Basic Life Support (CPR).
Ashley is a graduate of Indiana University and lives with her husband near Bloomington with their son and daughter, both born at home.