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Sherry Asp, LM, CPM

I am a midwife specializing in homebirth and Mom to two wonderful boys. William was born feet first at home with the assistance of a midwife and Quinn was born at home into the hands of his father.

After supporting my sister through the birth of my niece in 1993, I have sought after information regarding childbirth. I became increasingly drawn towards birth and my journey as a doula in 2000 when I became pregnant with my first child. I trained and received my doula certification through DONA in 2003. As a doula, my role as a member of the birth team included providing the mother and her partner with informational, physical and emotional support during childbirth.

In 2005, I took the next step in my journey and began my apprenticeship with a local independent midwife, attending 3-5 births per month. To augment my apprenticeship-based education, I was accepted into the MEAC accredited school, National Midwifery Institute, where I finished academic coursework in February 2009. In October 2008, I passed a written examination of academic knowledge and earned the title Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the National Registry of Midwives (NARM).

My CPM credential has allowed me to obtain a midwifery license to practice in California. In Nevada, non-nurse midwives practice legally but without regulation or license.* Serving the Reno/Sparks community since 2003 both as a doula and midwife has afforded me to develop good relationships with nursing and obstetric staff at the local hospitals.

Tiffany Hoffman, assistant midwife

Tiffany is a licensed massage therapist specializing in therapeutic bodywork, utilizing muscle energy technique, strain/counter strain, trigger point release, and other hands-on techniques. She is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Perinatal massage therapist, and has completed extensive training in manual therapy. She enjoys working with athletes, mothers-to be and anyone in need of pain relief through focused, therapeutic bodywork. She teaches massage and childbirth education classes and works as a massage doula. She is currently studying to be a midwife at Seattle Midwifery School and is passionate about empowering women through education and support during the childbearing year. She is the mother of one amazing daughter.

*Currently in Nevada, certified nurse midwives are licensed but practice in hospitals with obstetric oversight. Independent midwifery is considered legal but unregulated. When Nevada became a state in 1864, original laws in place stated “physicians and midwives”. Through court cases as late as 1988, judges have decided that original Nevada lawmakers intended for midwifery to be a separate entity from physicians. This court interpretation has continued to allow independent midwives to work legally. Licensing and regulations have been considered but are considered too cost prohibited for the state of Nevada to pursue.

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