Student Midwives

Sabr Bordeau

A practitioner of Craniosacral Therapy (CST) since 2006, I started my massage and CST business, Awakening Vitality, in November of 2008. In March of 2010 I began eagerly studying Lomilomi – a modality that can be used on and off the massage table, and in water much like watsu. In January of 2013 I added “Doula” to my repertoire, and joined the Academy of Experiential Midwifery Education early the next year. Since graduating from the AEME program, I am ecstatically pursuing my dream of becoming a midwife by attending and assisting births in home, birth center, and hospital environments. My greatest passion is helping women and birthing people empower themselves, while creating community and increasing access and equity for all services, including quality education and care.

Nichole Feinauer

I am the mother of 8 children. My struggles through infertility and loss not only led me to birth work, but strengthened my resolve to complete my midwifery training. We recently relocated to Charlottesville from the metro Atlanta area so that I could continue on my path to midwifery. In Georgia, I worked with pregnant families as a doula, childbirth educator, and student midwife. It is a privilege to be at the side of women as they embrace their power through birth.

Hannah Russell-Davis

Trust in birth and midwifery runs deep in our family.  My mother gave birth to me at home with midwives, and my four children have all been born at home as well.  Birth stories have always captivated me.  I was lucky enough to marry an open-minded man who whole-heartedly supported and embraced my passion for home birth and midwifery. In fact, in 2010, he co-founded a company that makes software for midwives. The success of that product (and the whole family commitment required to help!) allowed me the opportunity to see midwifery through the eyes of women who had been doing it for decades.
Although Sarita and I met back in our home state of WV,  I began formally studying midwifery with her here in Charlottesville in 2014. As so often happens, life didn’t go according to plans, and offered up learning experiences beyond my formal studies. Over the course of the program I experienced a late pregnancy loss and, a year later, the home birth of my youngest, Vivian. Now a toddler, she isn’t as patient with my studies as she once was. But the process of becoming her mother, has reaffirmed the importance of midwifery for me. Once again I’ve felt its positive impact on my family, as well as the power of being with women through the full gamut of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood.