Building families one story at a time. Adding a new baby to your family is the start of a new chapter in your life. I have a passion for a natural approach to women’s health and offer educational material and counseling so each family can truly make an informed decision in their health care.
I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual, so I have been trained in a range of alternative modalities including Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Iridology, Reflexology, and have had advanced training in nutrition.
My educational background includes a BS in Athletic Training from North Dakota State University, an Associate Degree in Nursing from Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Certified Professional Midwife from the Midwives College of Utah and am Certified Natural Health Professional from the Trinity School of Natural Health.
I have been married to Joe for 26 years and have 9 children. Seven of them were born in a hospital, one was born at home and one is adopted. We run a small farm, grow most of our own food and delight in sharing our home with our children and all of their Friends!
Robin Colburn has been living her passion for working with women throughout their life-span for the past 20 years. She became interested in midwifery when her youngest child was born at a free-standing birth center in Tallahassee, Florida, 28 year ago. Having had two hospital births prior to her birth center experience, she was really impacted by the difference between medicalized obstetric care and midwifery care in the out of hospital setting. Shortly after her birth center experience, Robin eagerly began working toward her midwifery degree.
Robin attended Southeast Community College in Nebraska for her LPN certificate and RN degree. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University for her Bachelors of Nursing Degree and the Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia University for her Midwifery Certificate. Robin also has a Master’s Degree in Midwifery from Philadelphia University.
Robin feels strongly that women should be in control of their health care. She believes it is the midwife’s role to provide women and their families with the information they need so that they can make health care decisions that are best for them.
Robin is a widow with three adult children and four wonderful grandchildren who keep her busy and entertained when she is not being “with women”.
Sonya Chamberlain, CPM, LM
Every opportunity to work with a woman in pregnancy and birth is an honor and joy to me. I strive to respect your experiences, your family, your privacy, and your desires for a healthy, safe, and joyful childbearing year. Each birth I have witnessed has shown me the vast and diverse ways in which women are strong, beautiful, tender, and capable of bringing their babies into the world under their own power, surrounded by the people whom they love and trust most.
The experience of bringing my own two children into the world were the first seeds planted in my midwifery calling, a pathway that began in childbirth education and doula work and gradually led me to apprenticeships and training with several midwives (both CPMs and CNMs) in central Minnesota, The Farm Midwifery Center (Summertown TN), and a rural clinic in Senegal, West Africa. Being guided into responsible, compassionate midwifery practice by these mentors is something I treasure and hold close, as midwives have passed their knowledge along since the beginning of time in this way. In addition to this traditional apprenticeship model I am also a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), a national certification through the North American Registry of Midwives, as well as a Licensed Midwife (LM) with the state of Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.
Since 2013 I have attended mostly home births, but also maintain credentials at A New Story birth center in Milaca, MN.
Midwifery is one piece of a full life for me. I have a dearly loved husband and two school-aged children, both born at home with the guidance of midwives. We spend our time together enjoying the outdoors with hiking and skiing, Crossfit, knitting, making music, reading, cooking, watching movies, and tending to our garden and animals.
Sarah is a student midwife attending school through Mercy In Action School of Midwifery. She has been working with the midwives at a New Story Birth Center since fall of 2015 and is set to graduate April of 2018.