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.
Glenna Belin Marcus
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 is licensed as a New Mexico midwife as of 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.
Receptionist, Young Parent Advocate
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.
Receptionist, Perinatal Community Health Worker
Jeanette is a wife and a mother of 5. 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 by offering doula services and breastfeeding support as well as teaching childbirth preparation classes to anyone who might need support.
Breath of My Heart Board members:
Marcy Andrews, CPM
Christina Castro, MA
Martina Granado, CNM
Patty Shure, LCSW