has been interested in birth since a very young age. After her cousin
had a homebirth when she was only 16 years old, Jenessa knew her calling
was to become a midwife. She enrolled in a doula training course, and
began to shadow a midwife to births while still in high school. After
graduating summa cum laude from Augsburg College as a Presidential
Scholar with two BAs in International Relations and Spanish, she
traveled to rural Guatemala where she spent time living and working with
two native midwives. After returning to the US, she moved to New
Her formal midwifery
training was completed at Maternidad La Luz Birth Center in El Paso, TX
where she fulfilled the requirements for the Certified Professional
Midwife credential through the North American Registry of Midwives, learning and delivering babies in a high volume birth center. Upon
graduation she moved back to New York City and worked alongside beloved
midwife and friend, Cara Muhlhahn, CNM, assisting her in homebirths
throughout Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and New Jersey. Jenessa has also
worked attending births as a midwife in Puerto Rico. Since moving back
to Minnesota she worked as a staff midwife at an out of hospital
birth center and is now taking homebirth clients.
Jenessa is committed to the
midwifery model of care and believes in providing loving, respectful,
personalized care to all midwifery clients and diverse families and
treats the prenatal time, labor and birth, and the postpartum period as
normal processes, not an illness. She integrates the most up to date evidenced-based practices with the traditions of the normal physiologic processes of birth.
She is fluent in Spanish as well as
English and is comfortable giving care in both languages.
Jenessa lives in South Minneapolis with her husband and her son who was born peacefully at home into the water with the help of midwives. They are thrilled to have a yard and room to ride their bikes with less traffic. She loves organic farming and gardening, traveling, biking, learning, and spending time with lovely people.
“Trabajando con Jenessa fue algo increíble. Ella me ayudó en todo momento y hizo mi experiencia inolvidable. No cambiaría nada en mi proximo parto. Gracias a Jenessa encontré mi fuerza como mujer y como madre en tener un parto natural.” –Juana G
“Working with Jenessa was something incredible. She helped me in every moment and made my experience unforgettable. I would not change anything for my next birth. Thanks to Jenessa I found my strength as a woman and a mother in a natural birth.” –Juana G (English translation)