CPM-LM, CD, CCE, CYT, CHLC, CLC, CFT
Jennifer has a deep passion for families, holistic wellness, support and balance. These passions brought her to study Midiwfery and Holistic Wellness. Beginning as a young curious child, learning all she could in any given health related situation, culminated in experiences and certifications that spanned from birth to death. This is how Circle of Life came to be. The name was fitting to the services and support Jennifer wanted to offer to her community. Starting humbly in Poughkeepsie NY in 1992, and moving her practice to Pownal VT in 2010, she has continued to add to her practice, keeping with the first goal of families, holistic wellness, balance and support. Jennifer is honored to be trusted by so many families over the years, and is looking forward to practicing for many years to come!
Jennifer Rush is a Licensed & Certified Professional Midwife with Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR Certifications, as well as a Certified Otoacoustic Hearing Tester for the State of Vermont. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Holistic Health. She also holds certifications as a Lactation Counselor, Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Labor Doula, and Childbirth Educator. She holds certifications as Holistic Life Coach, Herbalist, Hypnotherapist, CFT Therapist.
She is also the proud owner of Circle of Life and mother of 5 children, as well as Ima (EE-Ma) to 3 grandbabies. Jennifer has a thirst for knowledge and is always engaged in Continuing Education pertaining to Midwifery & Holistic Health. She has a wide range of personal and professional experiences that she brings to every client she sees. Jennifer has supported, counseled & educated over 600 families & individuals since 1992 and welcomes the opportunity to discuss the services that interest you. Jennifer is a professional member of NARM, MANA, DONA, CfM, NACPM, MMA, VTMA.
Licensed Massage Therapist, Energy Worker- Reiki, Reflexology & Accupressure.
Megan is a Massage Therapist, Midwifes Asst., Reiki, Reflexology & Accupressure Therapist.
She studied Massge at The Hudson Valley School of Massage. We are thrilled that her amazing energy and experience are part of our offerings. She is also owner of Megans Massage. She works at the Circle of Life office bringing relaxation to her clients and our team.
Megan is a born mother and nuturer, so her love of birth~body~energy work really shine through in her work.
Certified MW assistant, Certified Perinatal Loss Doula, Certified Placenta Encapsulator, Certified Yoga Instructor, & CFT Practitioner
Kalei has been with Circle for over 4 years. She was a student of Jenniferís and is now a trained and Certified Midwifes assistant. She has a passion for birth work and enjoys working alongside Jennifer at PN, PPV and births. Together they bring their talents, love of their work, and continuity of care to each family they serve. Kalei has a special place in her heart for mothers and families who have experienced loss, as she has experienced it first hand. She offers healing through bodywork, support groups, and doula services to families she is called to. Kalei has a passion for bodywork and yoga and enjoys empowering the community in their path to healing through individualized sessions.
Kalei is CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation certified and also a certified lactation consultant.
Office Manager, Insurance Biller, Photographer & Keepsake Jeweler
and check out her talent! She has been attending births with her mom for a few years learning about birth.
In those moments, she realized how many moments in life 'frame', and can be caught on film.
She would love the opportunity to take photos for you and your family.
Resources we LOVE!!
Here are a list of other birthworkers that we refer to frequently. All have been prescreened, and many have worked only with Circle of Life clients.
We take our referrals very seriously so our clients are assured to get the same care from them as they would from our staff.
They have their own businesses and can be contacted through us, or from their contact information below.
Birth & Postpartum Doula and Event Coordinator
Bree has said from a very young age that she wanted to be a midwife. As a high school student she volunteered at her local hospital in their women's and children's unit. Her passion sparked again when she was pregnant for her third son and baby number four. After the birth of her fourth child, a cesarean, she knew it was the path she was meant to take. She see's that experience as "the life-changing moment that shaped her career path." Along with acting as a Doula, She works hard to provide each family she cares for with evidence-based information so they can make the most informed decisions regarding their care during pregnancy, labor and birth. No matter the outcome, her promise is each family will always feel supported and confident. She is so happy to be on this journey and offer her time as a labor and postpartum doula because as a mother of four, she knows all to well the importance of both. She is excited to be a part of the Circle of Life team and continue her education in midwifery.
Please check out Bree's business page here Bree The Doula
Placenta Encapsulator, Labor Doula
April has always been drawn to work with women. Trained in social work, her passion bloomed with the birth ofher second child and her choice to follow the path of midwifery began. April started her midwifery studies in 2011and contiues to study, grow and serve the community. She sees birthing and mothering as an opportunity to findtheir true selves and is honored to bear witness to the process.
Bio and picture coming soon! Check back often!