I Do What I Do Because…

Aloha!  My name is Jaymie Lewis.  I came to Oahu in 2006 from the Seattle area.  A year later my husband and I were expecting a baby.  Being pregnant changed my life!  My husband was unbelievably supportive when I told him I wanted to have our baby at home.  We sought out a pair of midwives and built a bond.  I really wanted to do the best for my baby and my body.  I started reading, taking Bradley Childbirth classes, I walked, I swam, we faced our fears, we watched natural birth videos…  Most importantly I learned to surrender to trust.  We entered our birth with realism.  Yes, its gonna be uncomfortable, yes it will end, yes the reward is great, yes it’s even a little bit scary…”the unknown”.  However, on a basic instinctual function, we were DESIGNED to be able to do this, and despite the ups and downs, we are able to ENJOY it, be wowed by it, be forever changed!

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Our son was born at sunrise into the water, the birds sang, and we were elated! Along with my son, my career was born!  I knew that I had to spread the word…birth doesn’t have to be scary, it can be one of the greatest experiences of your life! It was just 3 years later that our daughter was born to us.  Her incredible birth only solidified my path into assisting families as best as I possibly can!

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I’ve trained as a labor doula through C.A.P.P.A. and am a certified Lactation Counselor.  I have been delivering as an apprentice midwife since 2010 in a home birth setting.  I have certification in Neonatal Resuscitation through the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  AND I’m still working to learn more and more with each experience I am humbled by.

I LOVE what I do!  I love helping families prepare for their birth experience.  I love welcoming babies earth side.  Encouraging breast feeding and helping moms and dads understand the little cues their babies give.  I feel honored and privileged to be welcomed into such a sacred space and time.  Families deserve to know their choices and be supported in whatever path they choose to take.  That is what Hanau Pono is, it means “Positive Birth Experience” and that’s what I’m all about!

4 thoughts on “I Do What I Do Because…

  1. Jaymie!!! 😀 Your site is uplifting and making me excited for motherhood. Hawaii is so blessed to have your sweet, genuine spirit to assist its people through this joyous time:) looking forward to meeting with you hopefully soon:)

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