Tara Kenny is a Certified Professional Midwife, Certified Lactation Counselor and Doula who has practiced in the Boston area since 2006. She lives in Cambridge and has two of her own children. She is extremely passionate about VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), especially after having a VBAC at home herself in 2015.
Tara's interest in women's health and pregnancy began while completing her BA in Sociology and Anthropology at Lewis and Clark College in 1999, where she traveled to Kenya to live and work in a rural hospital as part of her thesis on childbirth practices. During college, Tara pursued her birth doula training through PALS (Pacific Association for Labor Support) and then went though CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association) for her postpartum doula training. She is also a Certified Infant Massage and Communication Instructor through the Foundation for Healthy Family Living.
Inspired to go further in this work, Tara undertook an intensive midwifery program through the Northern New Mexico Midwifery Birth Center. She spent three years in this program as an apprentice and received comprehensive training on prenatal, postpartum, and well-woman care through the National College of Midwifery. Upon completion of this program in 2006, she became a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). Since receiving her certification, Tara has traveled to work in birth centers in Australia, Belize, and Senegal. She also became a Certified Lactation Counselor through The Healthy Children Project.
Tara is motivated by a strong belief that women and their families deserve compassionate and loving support throughout their childbearing years. Whether working as a midwife, doula, or in other capacities, her goal is to help women to make empowered and educated choices about childbirth and to provide much needed support in welcoming a new child into their home.
Megan's practice as a midwife has its roots in recognizing the sacred challenging and commonplace journey of mothers. To that end she provides individualized and safe evidenced-based care. She prioritizes gentleness and dignity both at the beginning of life, and as we become mothers ourselves. When women are collaborators in their own healthcare, and have the opportunity to be in charge of their own choices, everyone benefits. She is passionate about empowering mothers, combating oppressive structures both personal and cultural, and treating children with kindness and respect. She continues to delight in the strength of women, in the gift that each of our stories bring to the shared table.
Megan's work also as a mother and home educator with a focus on social justice and experiential learning. As the mother of eleven home-born children, she began both her family and midwifery studies in the 1980s when she became a childbirth educator and completed the Traditional Childbearing Group's Midwifery Program (now ICTC). She studied with the MMA, had a formal apprenticeship, and practices now as a Certified Professional Midwife. She is currently a student of Botanical Medicine. Megan serves on the board of the Massachusetts Midwives Alliance (MMA) and is a curriculum coordinator and instructor for the MMA Basic Course in Midwifery. She lives and learns in Cambridge Massachusetts.
Audra Karp is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). She has attended births since 1998 at home, in the hospital, and at freestanding birth centers. Audra started her homebirth midwifery practice in Boston after graduating from Seattle Midwifery School (SMS) in 2003. Since then, she has been attending births as a primary midwife in collaboration with other local midwives.
Audra seeks to provide an educational and empowering experience for women and their families. Her goals are to assist the people she works with in taking their health into their own hands, help them learn about the process they are going through, and inspire them to make healthier changes in their lives for themselves and their families. She also likes to help people grow their families through her fertility work.
Audra has a background in medicinal herbs and homeopathy, and is especially interested in nutrition, environmental health, cooking, and local food. She combines these passions with her midwifery skills, compassion, and understanding of women’s health issues. Audra also likes hiking, gardening, biking, food preservation, being a mama and an auntie, and her dog. She has two daughters, born with the help of midwives, who keep her busy along with her midwifery practice.