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.
From a very young age, I developed an adoration of mothers and babies that has stayed with me forever. I have always wanted to be around mothers and babies to serve them anyway that I could, which turned out to be a lot of babysitting. Growing into a woman myself made me realize how miraculous women’s bodies are in bringing new life to the world and my fascination with pregnancy, birth, and beyond began. In 2016 and 2017, I attended the Denver Integrative Massage School’s 500 hour Herbalism Program, where I developed a strong foundation in herbal medicine and interned with Birds and Bees Teas, an herbal tea company that focuses on safe, natural teas for pregnancy and the whole family. In 2018, my apprenticeship with Elizabeth at Family Tree Midwifery began and I cannot imagine ever living my life without midwifery.