Massachusetts Midwives Alliance

Kirsten Kowalski Lane, MMA-DEM

CPM - Certified Professional Midwife
CNM - Certified Nurse-Midwife
MMA-DEM - MMA Direct-Entry Midwife
PMUS - Primary Midwife Under Supervision

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River Valley Midwives Services

Full prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum care for couples or individuals who choose to birth at home. 

Water birth and VBAC.

Breastfeeding support, craniosacral therapy (for mothers and infants) and experience with prevenation and care of PPD.

Pre-conception counseling available as well as counseling after a traumatic or difficult birth.

Free consults always available.

I am based in Northampton, Massachusetts and serves the Pioneer Valley including Amherst, Springfield, and Greenfield areas as well as the surrounding communities of the Hilltowns, Berkshires, parts of central Massachusetts and northern Connecticut.

As a homebirth midwife, I believe that each woman and family deserves support that it tailored to their needs. Treated with love, respect and gentle guidance, women feel can feel strong, empowered and graceful in their birthing process and babies are received into a calm, warm and peaceful environment.

I practice with two wonderful friends and midwifery partners, Kristen Bernard and Jharna Harvey-Ahmai. For their bio's please visit our website.

Between the 3 of us we have attended more than 1600 births! Our experience speaks for itself. A beautiful homebirth begins with experienced and skilled midwives.

About Kirsten

Midwifery found me and didn't let go! By age 29, I had completing my BA (Trinity College) and Master's (University of Massachusetts) degrees and had worked in a number of fields including education, public policy and mediation. That year I gave birth to my first child and discovered a true calling to serve women during pregnancy, birth and early motherhood. While raising my firstborn (and often struggling with the many challenges of new motherhood), I read every book I could find and talked to as many people as I could about birth. In short order I realized that the right place for my second birth would be at home  - which only deepened my commitment and set me on the path to becoming a midwife.

By the time my babies were 2 and 4, I completed my midwifery training through a combination of didactic work in the Stepping Stones to Midwifery program and at Hands of Light School of Midwifery. The following year, I started a doula practice and took on a two-year full time apprenticeship with a local homebirth practice. This was followed by a clinical intensive in San Ignacio, Belize with the Arizona Midwifery Institute.

I have been attending births since 2002. I have been in full-time practice since 2006 and joined my partner Jharna and Kristen at River Valley Midwives in 2009. In 2009 I also fulfilled a long-time dream of creating a comprehensive and holistic maternity and parenting wellness center by opening Cradle Maternal Wellness Center (now with a new name, Grow) in Northampton.

In the spring of 2012, I was accepted to Yale University's Master's in Nursing Program where I am currently pursing my MSN as a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women's Health Nurse Pracitioner.

I am an active member of the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) and The Massachusetts Midwives Alliance (MMA) and the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM). I love gardening, singing, teaching, baking pie, snuggling my kids and catching babies (or even better - helping women catch their own babies)! I make my home in a little orange house in Northampton with my husband, Jon (aka "the armchair midwife" who always knows I'll be home later than I think I will), my amazing kids Will and Gracie (who know more about birth and breastfeeding than your average pre-teens), and our cats: Ollie, Brie and Jazalu; our dog, Angus and Hedgehog, Hedgie.(who are often the ones who welcome me home at 3am after I've tucked a new family in bed for the night).