Educating, supporting and celebrating God’s design for all cycles of women’s lives! We seek to be an international, non-denominational standard for implementing resources on the three branches of womanhood: maidenhood, maternity, and menopause. We offer home and cottage birth options for women in the Shenandoah Valley as well as yoga classes, workshops, blessingways, and special events. Our hope is to see our culture recognize the importance of proclaiming God as the creator of women’s cycles, educating women on His design, and viewing the phases of womanhood as normal life processes created as blessings to us, God’s way!

What We Offer

Doran Richards, Owner, Midwife, Yoga Instructor, Artist

Doran is a member of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM) and Virginia Midwives Alliance. She has been attending births for over 16 years, had 9 preceptors and attained her certification through North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) in 2011. She recently completed her certification for being Midwifery Education Accreditation Council accredited in the state of Virginia.

She has had her own private practice in Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for a little over 5 years. She is also owner and founder of this ministry for women called Blessing God’s Way – maidenhood, maternity, menopause. She has written a book called A Celebration of Pregnancy which gives instructions on how to perform a Christian blessingway and how to support women in childbearing. She is also the author of Maidens by His Design, which is a curriculum for young women and their mothers that teaches about how their bodies are created to cycle and that it is a normal life function.

Doran has been a speaker at many conferences including her own over the past 10 years. She is a Non Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer survivor for 2 years. She recently became a Masters Holy Yoga instructor with a specialties in pre-post natal yoga, touch, and leadership. She is currently editing a new book, yet to be named, that covers all phases of womanhood. She has been married for 24 years and has 6 children.

Favorite Birth Quote:
‎”If I don’t know my options, I don’t have any.” ~ Diana Korte

Jodi Wright, Student Midwife, Doula

Jodi is a student midwife, currently precepting as “Primary Midwife Under Supervision” through North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) PEP process.

Jodi has been a certified EMT-Intermediate for many years, and studied herbalism through the Global College of Natural Medicine 2005-06. She regularly teaches childbirth and newborn care to firefighters, EMS providers and police officers. After birthing her own babies with midwives, both in hospital and at home, she began pursuing her passion for birth work in 2013. She obtained her birth doula certification through New Beginnings in 2014, and at that time also began the PEP apprenticeship towards midwifery licensure.
Jodi is passionate that all women deserve respectful maternity care. She loves to tell the story of her first experience “catching” a baby, which was as a medic, and it was serving a family from El Salvador. Since no one in the home spoke English, it was a happy challenge since Jodi speaks very basic Spanish. She has been working hard to become fluent in Spanish, and is planning an internship in Guatemala once she is licensed.

Jodi has a deep love of nature, and spends a lot of time gardening, hiking, and camping. She also loves making her own soaps, lotions, and home remedies.

Samantha Dooley, Student Midwife, Doula

Samantha is a student midwife, currently precepting as a phase 2 student through the North American Registry of Midwives PEP process.

Samantha has been a Doula, serving the Northern Virginia area, for five years. She is also currently studying for her CLC (certified lactation counselor) title through Childbirth International. She has been working with Doran, at Grace Midwifery, for three years.

After the birth of her third daughter, she began researching different birthing options for women. She began her Doula training through New Beginnings, and became involved in her local birth communities.

Samantha has a passion for helping women and believes that every woman, and her family, deserves equal, compassionate, loving, and respectful maternity care that carries over into postpartum. Samantha is also involved in the local community. She plays coed softball for a local church. And she also coaches youth cheerleading for the Strasburg Youth Cheerleading League, as well as serving on the leagues board as a member at large this year. She loves spending her free time with family and friends and playing sports.

Alana Potter

Alana is mom to eleven biological children, most of whom were born at home. She has been interested in birthwork for many years, attending her first midwifery retreat in 1995. She is a trained doula pursuing certification with DONA and believes that “mothering the mother” is an important aspect of caring for birthing women.

“I am thankful and excited to be working toward becoming a Certified Professional Midwife through the NARM apprenticeship process. Observing God’s workmanship in the miracles of pregnancy, birth and the newborn period is my delight. My purpose is to serve families in a way that honors His wisdom and design and brings Him glory.”

Alana’s many interests include gardening, baking, permaculture and Scottish country dancing. Her greatest joy though is spending time with her husband of 38 years, children and (soon-to-be!) seven grandchildren.

Elizabeth Simonpietri

Hello my name is Elizabeth Simonpietri. God has called me to be a midwife and has given me the passion for serving women. I have participated in doula workshops, intensive childbirth education classes, birth circles, and midwifery conferences since the age of twelve. Currently I am completing my doula certification.

Liz O’Shea, Backup Midwife

Liz began her journey to midwifery out of a deep desire to share the joy of birthing at home. She wanted all women to experience what it is like to feel the innate power within them to give birth. She began her studies following her first homebirth in 1982 by enrolling in Rahima Baldwin’s birth assistant course, Informed Homebirth. Her passion for learning about normal birth continued through her next two homebirths and as she raised her six children.

Liz became certified as a doula with A.L.A.C.E and later with Birth Works International. As one of the co-writers of the Birth Works doula program she also facilitated doula workshops and taught childbirth education. After attending many births as a doula in hospital and home settings, she found the opportunity to apprentice with several wonderful homebirth midwives who shared their knowledge of traditional midwifery. She began an independent practice in 2000 and along with her daughter, Emily, formed the first Birth Circle of Frederick, MD. Encouraged by her mentors she applied for and obtained certification through North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) in 2007. Liz continues her education by attending numerous workshops and conferences and is currently enrolled in Aviva Rohm’s school of Herbal Medicine for Women. She loves spending time with her family on the farm, tending her gardens and chickens and hiking in the mountains near her home.

Natasha Holloway, Backup Midwife

Hi there, so glad to “meet you”. I am Natasha I grew up in East Tennessee and have lived in various locations all over the South. You’ll hear it when you meet me. Currently, I live in Winchester with my husband and my two children, a C/S baby and my VBAC baby. My path to Midwifery began after the birth of my son. I wanted better experiences for women, I wanted to make a difference. My plan was to be an OB but that plan soon changed. I felt I would have to settle for being a Labor and Delivery nurse until I learned about Certified Nurse Midwives. As soon as I learned about the profession, it clicked. Everything fell into place and I knew that was the path I was meant to take. As a Midwife, It is important to me to provide holistic, evidence based, and compassionate care that improves the overall well-being of each woman while giving her confidence and pride concerning her body. It is my goal to give you: Love, Respect, Compassion, and Empowerment.

Emma Potter, Office Manager

I am a christian, wife to an amazing husband for 2 years, mother to a beautiful little girl named Georgia, and fine art photographer. I enjoy writing, dance, and photography, and hope to use those skills as often as I can. As the office manager at Blessing God’s Way I can take advantage of my enjoyment in organization and building relationships with people, and I get to work alongside a wonderful team at Grace Midwifery, which includes my mother, Doran, and my mother-in-law, Alana.

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