Meet Our Providers


Jessica Frechette-Gutfreund LM, CPM, IBCLC

Jessica is midwife and director for Breath of My Heart Birthplace. She has been involved with midwifery in New Mexico since her entrance into the profession through apprenticeship in 2007 at the Northern NM Midwifery Center in Taos, NM. She obtained her CPM and became licensed through the NM department of health in 2009. She received training from both ‘modern’ and traditional midwives in the US and Mexico and integrates both practices into the services she provides. Previous to becoming a midwife she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Antioch College and trained as a Spanish/English Language interpreter. She has worked since the early 2000s on issues of environmental/reproductive justice and health care access. She is particularly passionate about how active community participation can create long-term social change.

She began practicing midwifery in Española in 2010 and has been honored to attend births in the Española Valley and all over Northern NM. She is thrilled to work with an amazing team of providers and clients to provide midwifery services to women and families in the setting where they feel most comfortable. She is also an IBCLC (certified lactation consultant) and currently pursuing a Master’s in Midwifery Sciencethrough the National College of Midwifery. She lives in Dixon NM with her partner and son.



Elena Stauss LM, CPM

BMH Contract Midwife

Elena is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Midwifery is her passion. She is a certified professional midwife (CPM) and holds the New Mexico midwifery license (LM). Because she is bilingual (Spanish-English) she is able to serve a broad community of women in northern New Mexico. It is her heart-felt belief that every mother should have her baby where she feels most comfortable and secure – at home, in a birthing center, or in the hospital. All four of her children were born at home, two in Brazil with an Ob-Gyn (MD), and two in Miami with a midwife. Possessed of a gypsy heart, she has made her home in Rio de Janeiro, Miami, San Francisco Bay Area and Northern New Mexico. Before following her passion to become a midwife, she was a teacher of young children for many years. She received her BS in Kinesthesiology at Instituto Nacional de Educación Física in Buenos Aires and an Adapted Physical Education Specialist Credential from San Francisco State University. She and her husband make their home in Santa Fe. Their children have left the nest and they are presently raising two dogs and a cat.


Glenna Belin Marcus

BMH Birth Assistant/Student Midwife:

Belin is a single mother of one, massage therapist and apprentice midwife. She is dedicated to supporting families in the Espanola Valley in the important transition to parenthood and is honored to be a part of the birth process. She is a tribal member of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo and is a participant in tribal activities. She incorporates her knowledge of bodywork and traditional concepts of healing into the development of her skills and experience as a birth worker. She is excited to serve her community as a midwife someday very soon.


Breath of My Heart Board members:

Marcy Andrews, CPM
Christina Castro
Martina Granado, CNM
Felicia Rodriguez
Anna White, CNM
Patty Shure