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Meet Alyssa Johns

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alyssa Johns.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Alyssa. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was a teacher for nine years, working with kindergarten through second grade. When I was pregnant with my son, who is now eight, I began researching about birth and how to have the kind of birth I wanted. I knew I wanted to have an unmedicated birth and going to the hospital was unappealing to me. As I moved through pregnancy, I met a friend who had her babies at home and taught childbirth classes. She invited me to her classes and I began to learn about a whole different way of birthing than what I had been exposed to. Her pictures from her home births were so peaceful and calm and I remember thinking “If people can birth like this, why would I want to do it any other way?” I hired a home birth midwife and I had this incredibly calm, comfortable, beautiful birth that was so empowering for me. After that experience, I wanted to help support other families so they could have the type of births they wanted, so I began teaching Hypnobirthing classes and became a doula working part time as I was still a teacher. I loved doula work, but I found myself in disagreement with so many common hospital practices around birth that I pretty quickly decided to explore becoming a midwife. I quit my job as a teacher about six years ago and started my path to become a licensed midwife. I apprenticed at an east valley birth center and have now been licensed for two years. I run my practice, Aurora Midwifery, where I serve my clients through prenatal and postpartum care, home births, childbirth classes, and herbal consults.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Training to become a midwife was rocky and challenging. We go through apprenticeships for about three years attending births and clinicals while we study. Being on call for births, raising my kids and also trying to make ends meet financially was stressful, but I also loved what I was learning. I also think being a home birth midwife. In general, is a bit rocky as well. The job requires you to be on call 24/7 for each client, so building your life around that is difficult and can be restrictive. It’s hard to make plans or be reliable as I may have to run off to a birth at any time. No one will do this job if they don’t love the work, but it brings a lot of fulfillment for me to support women as they dig deep during labor and learn how strong they are.

Please tell us about your business.
I named my business Aurora Midwifery because Aurora means the dawn. Transforming from a woman to a mother is the dawn of a new era of life and a lot of support is needed for that time. I offer multiple services to support my clients in different ways as they go through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. As a licensed midwife, I am only working with low risk women, so overall, my clients are very healthy. I provide prenatal care during pregnancy including lab work and monitoring vitals for mom and baby. I see them on the same schedule they would see their doctor if they were having a hospital birth. I schedule an hour long appointment with them so there is time to get to know them, answer their questions, address their fears, and make sure they feel well informed. We make plans for their births at home which can include water birth if they wish.

One of the things that I put an extra focus on in my business is making sure that mothers feel supported during postpartum. It’s something I see women struggle through regularly. Our country does a pretty poor job of taking care of mothers, and I put a lot of extra effort into caring for the women I work with after their baby is here. Working with herbs is something I do a lot of, and I do herbal consults with my postpartum moms to help support them. I have seen a lot of success with improvements in fatigue, mood, and hormone balance and I am always looking for more ways to be of service to new mothers.

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Alyssa Leon
Sophia Pickett

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