Congratulations on your pregnancy and thank you for considering me to join your journey of pregnancy, birth and early parenting!
I founded Oak Grove Midwifery in 1994 with the generous support and guidance of my family, friends, mentors, clients and community.
My parents, Donald and Nancy Vandenput, adopted me in 1966; I'm a mom of three children and “gramma” of two, all of whom were born at home naturally, with the help of caring, competent midwives.
We are a family of entrepreneurs; my great grandmother, Olanda Kahler and her husband Walter were self-reliant farmers in Gillett, Wisconsin.
In the 1960's my grandma, Marvel Elbe purchased a coat manufacturing plant, "North Trail Sportwear". Her keen management skills transformed it from a faltering company to a profitable and sucessful enterprise. The building still stands at 129 South Washington Street in Green Bay. I have fond memories of both my great grandparent's farm and the coat factory where I spent my summers as a child.
My grandfather, Robert Elbe purchased land in Mountain, Wisconsin from the estate of a traditional midwife who attended more than 1000 births in the northwoods. He developed the land into a thriving Christmas tree farm, beloved by families throughout the midwest, who visited every year for over half a century. At the age of six, Grandpa gave me my first job planting 2000 trees, paying a penny per tree.
My mom, Nancy began her career path at the age of forty, as Green Bay's first reflexologist. She went on to found "The Sunshine Herb Shop", became a naturopathic doctor and natural health educator. She continues working a limited amount, focusing on improving the quality of life for cancer patients in their final months. She is also a primary caregiver of my Grandma, who resides at home on the tree farm at the age of 95.
It's exciting to see my children carrying on the entreprenurial tradition. My eldest daughter Sage Saladino, started a specialty photography service in 2005 at the age of sixteen; she continues growing in her talents and trade. My two younger children are students of art and engineering in the University of Wisconsin system.
I’ve been involved in maternal and child health since 1988. I was a certified Bradley Method Childbirth Educator from 1990-2000 and received doula training through DONA. I attended several training opportunities offered by The Guild of Wisconsin Midwives and in 1992 midwife, Alice Hall Skenandore invited me to be her student and assistant. In 1993 I graduated from UWGB and spent four months in El Paso, Texas where I participated in a clinical internship at a high volume birth center.
In 1994 I began working as the Northeast Wisconsin Regional Director of Program Services with The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. I held an administrative position for a short time at Wise Women Gathering Place (WWGP), and was a founding member on the WWPG board of directors. I have been a volunteer with Brown County Breastfeeding Coalition and The Wisconsin Public Health-Home Birth Work Group.
In 2008 I earned the credential of Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and became a Licensed Midwife in Wisconsin, the first year that licenses were offered. I have attended more than 550 births; I enjoy being a life-long learner and regularly participating in continuing education to maintin my credential.
In my free time I love to be with family, travel, write, renovate my 1890's-built home (which is also the site of OGM). I play banjo, ukulele, bass and piano and like to swim, hike or bike the trails with my Newfoundland, "Daisy".
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