Name: Jennifer (Jenny) Hall
Favorite Books: Anything by Francine Rivers, The Pretense by Lori Wick and anything about midwifery/birth and foster care.
Favorite TV Show: Friends & Burn Notice
Hobbies: Spending time with my husband, daughter, foster kids and beagle dogs, playing games with my family, traveling, having people over to my house and going out for coffee with friends.
Favorite Foods: Anything Asian (except maybe chicken feet).
Places I’ve Been: Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Ghana, Brazil, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Belize, Puerto Rico and many islands nearby, Spain, Honduras, Canada, Kenya, United Kingdom and many states in the US.
My name is Jennifer Hall (but my family and friends call me Jenny), and I am a Certified Professional Midwife, having passed the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) Board Exam in October of 2008. I am also a licensed midwife in the state of Minnesota. I hold current certification in Adult and Infant CPR and in Neonatal Resuscitation.
My passion has always been to see women and children cared for and treated well. As a young girl, I would play nurse to all my friends, bandaging everyone up who would let me. I was born and raised in the Philippines where my parents were missionaries for 15 years. I loved growing up in a part of the world where people were so happy with so little, and was taught well by my parents to not only care about the outside of the person but the inside as well.
I am the oldest of 5 children, the youngest are Megan and Michelle, twins who were a wonderful surprise addition to the family when I was 16 years old. By this time in my life, I knew I wanted to have a career in medicine, but I didn’t yet know how that would play out. When I met my Mom’s midwife, I knew that was the path for me. She was a nurse-midwife, and I was able to be at the delivery of the twins as well as at the delivery of my other sister, Rebecca when I was 10. My mom set a high standard for her girls – she birthed all 5 kids naturally even when she was pressured to medicate it. She is one of my biggest role models.
After graduating from high school, I had looked into nurse-midwifery, but decided to pursue a Bachelor’s degree with Bethany College of Missions (www.bcom.org) first to get solid in my faith and have time to figure out what is really important in life.
By this time in my life, I knew I wanted to have a career in medicine, but I didn’t yet know how that would play out. When I met my Mom’s midwife, I knew that was the path for me.
Education & Travel
In 2006, 1 year after graduating from Bethany, I again was reminded of my passion to help women and babies, how much I love pregnancy and the miracle that is birth. I remembered that if I became a midwife, that would be my job – to help women through their pregnancies and birth, and started on that track again. So I searched and searched and one day found a school that seemed too good to be true. It was a 2 year, intensive midwifery program that was located in the Philippines! (www.midwifeschool.org) This time I would be going to the southernmost island, instead of the northern one where I grew up. I read over every bit of material on the school I could get my hands on, talked about it to my parents and friends until I think people started to get sick of me!
Then, in the fall of 2006, I said goodbye to my family, and boarded a plane to Davao. I spent 2 wonderful years there along with 5 other wonderful women who became my sister midwives during that time as we cared for women who lived so far below the poverty line that many didn’t know where their next meal was coming from. The courses we took were almost like independent study courses with some support from the teachers. We worked a minimum of 30 hours a week alongside our classes, and we had all caught our first baby within the first 4 months of our arrival! Over the two wonderful years that I grew as a midwife serving the beautiful Filipinas who are so strong, kind and courageous in the face of extremely difficult circumstances, I caught 92 babies as the primary midwife and attended almost 200 births in other roles.
Return to the US
Since returning to the US after graduation in July of 2008, I have been busy in many ways. First and foremost, I sat for and passed the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) exam to become a Certified Professional Midwife in the fall. During the time I was studying for the exam and then sitting for it, I also volunteered as a mentor (40 hours a week) living in the dorms at Bethany learning more about leadership and mentoring (since mentoring and midwifery many times go hand in hand). Also during that year, I dated Cullen, who is now my husband! We had met online while I was still in the Philippines, and with the support of our two families, we got married September 12th, 2009.
After my mentoring commitment ended, I took a job at Bethany as the student supervisor in the kitchen. It was mentoring again, but in a different way, and I learned much there. After the students left for their summer break, I realized that as much as I did love mentoring and teaching, I loved midwifery more. This became very apparent when a lady from my church asked if I would be willing to deliver her baby at home in March. I was in my element as I saw her through her pregnancy and we developed a friendship so deep and so fast that I believe can only happen in a time when a woman is needing a trusted friend to guide her through such an intimate and exciting time in her life. It was a beautiful water birth in their own kitchen, a long labor, but worth it all in the end.
The Start of Something New
In the summer of 2010, New Birth Midwifery was founded and I finished the requirements that has allowed me to add the credential Licensed Midwife (LM) in Minnesota to my CPM Certification and now also hold current licensure for Wisconsin as well. As a certified and licensed midwife, I am required to participate in peer review, and I follow a written standard of care, created by the midwives of this community to protect mothers and babies.
And now, that brings us to the present. My husband and I live in Chaska with our daughter Eleanor who was born May 2011 and our two beagle dogs, Tucker & Elliot. We also became licensed foster parents in the fall of 2014. We have had several kids come through our home, some staying as little as 4 days, most staying 6 months or longer. This has been an interesting learning curve, especially the summer of 2016 when we went from parents to one girl to parents of Eleanor plus 3 boys, ages 4, 4 and 8!
I am now seeking clients who live within a 1/2 hour radius of me, who would like a home birth – a way to birth the way that feels right for them. Please contact me if this feels right to you, or even if you are just curious about what home birth is, and want to chat. I love talking about pregnancy and birth and would love to talk with you.
I believe that for most women pregnancy and birth are a normal and healthy physiological process and that home is where birth is most likely to remain normal. I do not believe that home birth is right for everyone or best in all circumstances.
I believe that the midwife’s ego has no place at a birth. I believe in working collaboratively with other professionals to ensure safe care for mothers and babies in the event of complications in pregnancy, birth or postpartum.
I believe that a midwife has the responsibility to act in a professional manner, to protect client privacy and confidentiality, and to be accountable to the client, the midwifery profession, and the public for safe, competent and ethical care.
I believe in the vital importance to the newborn infant of receiving their full placental blood volume and of immediate and uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby in the first hours postpartum.
I believe that interventions during pregnancy and labor, including ultrasounds, vaginal exams, artificial rupture of membranes, and clamping of the umbilical cord should never be performed routinely, but only when requested by the mother and genuinely indicated for the well-being of mother and baby.
(952) 358-0010 | jhall at newbirthmidwifery dot com