When I found out I was pregnant, I knew that I wanted to create every opportunity to have a healthy and peaceful pregnancy. While I appreciated the importance of the “nuts and bolts” of my progress (weight gain, baby heartbeats and tummy measurements), I was craving the support and care of a deeper kind.

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When I was five months pregnant, I sat in Renata Moise’s midwifery office, holding her hand and crying about my fears of how much giving birth was going to hurt. I was really scared, and she listened calmly and patiently to all my irrational, first-time-mom worries.

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