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 Science through the National College of Midwifery. She lives in Dixon NM with her partner and son.
Glenna Belin Marcus
Assistant Midwife, pending licensure
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. Belin has apprenticed with Breath of My Heart Birthplace since 2013, and is pursuing licensure via the NM department of health licensed midwifery apprenticeship pathway.
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 someday very soon.
Sandy was born in Albuquerque NM and raised in Espanola. She is a proud young parent and gave birth to her daughter in the BMH birth suite in 2016. She is a graduate of Española High School and lives in Española with her family.
Breath of My Heart Board members:
Marcy Andrews, CPM
Christina Castro, MA
Martina Granado, CNM
Patty Shure, LCSW
Anna White, CNM