Massachusetts Midwives Alliance

Kirsten Kowalski-Lane, CNM

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

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Kirsten Kowalski-Lane CNM,WHNP, RN, MSN, MPA Services

Certified-Nurse Midwife and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. >10 years experience catching babies and providing full-scope midwifery and gynecological care in homes, birth centers and hospitals.

I provide full prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum care for couples or individuals who choose to birth at home and gynecological care for women from teens to post-menopause. Contraception care including IUDs. LGBTQ friendly. VBACs and Waterbirths.

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

I am based in Northampton, MA and serve 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 midwife, I believe that each woman and family deserves support that it tailored to their needs. Treated with love, respect, informed choice 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 have attended hundreds of births at home, in hospitals and in free-standing birth centers. I have also had the opportunity to work abroad in a low-resource setting.

I feel that gynecological care deserves the same supportive, informative, personalized and gentle style. I am happy to provide this service to birth clients after and between pregnancies or to any woman seeking care in the midwifery-model. I am fully licensed to order any needed lab works, ultrasounds, and medications/contraception within my scope.

About Kirsten

Midwifery found me and didn't let go! By age 29, I had completing my BA and Master's 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, 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  - this transformative experience 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. In 2013, I obtained by BSN equivalence from Yale University and in 2015, I received my MSN from Yale and became at Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women Health Nurse Practitioner. I hold an RN, CNM and APRN licenses in both Massachusetts and Connecticut.

I am member of the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), The Massachusetts Midwives Alliance (MMA) and the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM). I serve on the board of The Foundation for the Advancement for Midwifery (FAM) as well. I have had the opportunity to teach on birth/postpartum/gyn care on many levels from high school, nursing and medical students to yoga instructors, doulas, obstetrical residents and midwifery students. When I'm free I can be found gardening, singing, baking pie, hanging out with my teens, writing poetry and spending time enjoying the good company of my friends and neighbors. I make my home in a little orange house in the village of Florence with my husband, Jon, my teens, Will and Gracie, (who know more about birth and breastfeeding than your average teens), a minagerie of house pets, and a wonderful neighborhood that includes 17 children!