Jessica Frechette-Gutfreund LM, CPM, MSM, IBCLC
Midwife, Executive Director
Jessica 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 has Master’s in Midwifery Science through the National College of Midwifery. She lives in Dixon NM with her family.
Monica Larrea De Arellano LM, CPM
Monica was born and raised in El Paso, TX and currently resides in rural Northeastern New Mexico where she farms and raises animals. She has served families for approximately 20 years in the areas of early childhood and development, lactation education, birth & postpartum doula work.
She completed her midwifery education in 2016 from Maternidad La Luz in El Paso, TX and has been practicing in the state of NM since 2017. As an indigenous midwife she has focused on the recovery of ancestral memory with the goal of bringing culturally responsive care that incorporates evidence based knowledge and ancestral wisdom.
G. Belin Marcus LM
Belin is a single mom, grandma (Si-yaa), massage therapist and 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. Belin apprenticed with Breath of My Heart Birthplace and became licensed as a New Mexico midwife in 2018.
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 primary midwife and member of the Breath of My Heart staff team.
Young Parent Advocate and Communications
Sandy was born in Albuquerque NM and raised in Espanola. She is a proud young parent and gave birth to her first daughter in the BMH birth suite in 2016 and her second daughter at home in 2018. Sandy runs the Young parent support circle through Breath of My Heart and is passionate about advocacy for Young Parents in the Espanola Valley. She is a graduate of Española High School and is pursuing her certification as a lactation educator.
Perinatal Community Health Worker
is a Native Northern New Mexican from San Ildefonso Pueblo, where both she and her daughter reside. Tauz received her Massage training and education from Northern New Mexico College. Tauz holds a Bachelors from UNM in Psychology and is a Community Health Worker. The past decade she has dedicated her service to working with Northern New Mexico Families as a Doula, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Peer Counselor, and Home Visitor.
Tauz has recently completed her Historical Trauma Recovery Specialist training with Dr. Ruby Gibson and Freedom Lodge. The trauma work “Somatic Archaeology” helps individuals unlock stories of trauma, generational trauma from their body, allowing room for reconcilement and healing.
Office Manager and Birth Assistant
Jeanette is a wife and a mother of 5. She is originally from Española and married into Santa Clara Pueblo. She is certified as a birth doula through DONA International and as well as a full circle doula through ICTC (international Center for Traditional Childbearing). Jeanette is a CITMI (certified infant touch & massage instructor). She is also a CLS (certified Lactation specialist) And is currently working toward to becoming a CLE (certified lactation educator). Her passion in life is of course family first, followed by being an advocate for mothers and families in her community.
Current Breath of My Heart Board members:
Marcy Andrews, CPM
Dr. Christina M. Castro
Patty Shure, LCSW