Elizabeth Cassidy CPM, LM
My first call to midwifery was heard at 11 years old, while looking at National Geographic’s, A Family of Man. I came across a disturbing photo of a birth where the doctor was holding the newborn baby by the ankles upside down in a cold operating room, getting ready to slap that poor baby! I was completely mortified and decided right then, that I needed to help babies and become a “baby doctor”. Years later after all three of my children were born at home under the care of midwives, I knew it was midwifery calling me all along. It was the personalized prenatal care I received and the loving hands my babies were born into that confirmed my desire and passion to pursue midwifery. So I started attending all the births of my friends as a doula, read everything I could about midwifery, and got my EMT Basic License until my children were old enough and I could go to midwifery school in El Paso, TX. When I became a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Midwife in New Mexico, I started Family Tree Midwifery in Santa Fe in 2002 and have been practicing here ever since.