About The Midwives
We invite you to come meet us in person at one of our regularly scheduled Meet the Midwife. Events are FREE and open to all.
Nichole Calagias, Primary Midwife and Founder
Learning all she could during her pregnancy, Nichole had a empowering homebirth in 2002. In 2004, she started her journey of apprenticeship. The abundance of midwives in Boulder County allowed for 3 formal apprenticeships in the decade to follow. Dedicated to both hands on experience and rigorous educational standards, Nichole received a degree from the National College of Midwifery and became a Certified Professional Midwife in 2013.
Nichole has always had a deep passion for working with families of all varieties. She uses an eclectic mixture of the wise ways that have been passed down to her while employing evidence based practices.
Nichole has served this community through both educational outreach and community building; she is a trusted teacher of birth and breastfeeding classes and holds monthly gatherings for families in her care.
Nichole’s certifications include Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), Colorado Registered Midwife (RM), and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). Her CPR and NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) certifications are current at all times.
Lo Kawulok, Primary Midwife and Founder
Lo Kawulok is a midwife, mother, and community advocate that has been supporting women and families as a full- spectrum, reproductive health worker for about 12 years. Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Lo has a deep love for the environment, progressive thinking, and strong community. She has learned the art of midwifery in various settings ranging from rural and urban homebirth, a bustling birth center on the US/Mexico border, to international practice in Guatemala and Mexico.
Lo is deeply connected to the spiritual and midwifery traditions of indigenous Mayan and Mexican roots, and mindfully weaves them into her practice. She strongly believes in the empowerment that comes when physiologic birth is protected and reproductive choices are respected. Her most influential teachers have been her two children Atzlintli and Yolilizatl, and she is forever grateful for the support of her family and community.
Lo believes that skilled and respectful midwifery care is part of the solution to reducing current birth and health care disparities that exist in her community, and that anyone who desires the care of a midwife should have access to one. The formation of this collective has been a dream of hers for quite some time, and she is honored be working along side this group of devoted and brilliant midwives.
Lo’s certifications include Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), Colorado Registered Midwife (RM), and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). Her CPR and NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) certifications are current at all times.
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Rachel Engel, Primary Midwife and Founder
Rachel will be taking a break from CRMC to birth her own baby starting April 2019!
Rachel was born at the Denver Birth Center and natural birth has been normalized her whole life. She studied art in college and towards the end of her studies worked with a program that used art to help ease people's long and painful hospital stays. She saw the benefit and power of the mind body connection as well as people's ability to transcend their circumstances.
Seeing the connection from her program in college and birth work, Rachel started a Doula training and attending births in San Francisco in 2008. Quickly falling in love with going to births she went to a Birth Center in Bali to learn more about what it is to be a midwife. While there she watched many women give birth and saw what it was to be a midwife.
Rachel did her clinical midwifery education from 2011- 2013 in Taos, New Mexico at the Northern New Mexico Birth Center and Better Birth in Utah. She completed her didactic education through the National College of Midwifery from 2011- 2013 and became a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) in 2013. In 2014 Rachel moved back to Colorado and has been serving this community since her return.
Rachel loves to see people become parents and watch families grow and change. She deeply believes that midwifery care should be accessible to all people and knew from early in her training she wanted to make that possible. She is so grateful to be a part of the collective that is working towards this goal in Boulder County.
Rachel is committed to furthering her education and attends regular conferences and classes in all aspects of midwifery. Rachel's certifications include Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), Colorado Registered Midwife (RM), Certified Lactation Counselor® (CLC). Her CPR and NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) certifications are current at all times.
Felicia Chavando, Primary Midwife
Felicia came to midwifery through her strong passion for women's health, reproductive justice, and holistic medicine. At a young age she witnessed her mother have a hysterectomy which led her to ask some deep questions about the significance of the womb, of motherhood, and about the preservation of the wholeness and well-being of women. Her questioning pointed her in the direction of her greatest calling to be an advocate for women and mothers to make informed, healthy, and empowering decisions. She feels grateful to be cultivating this calling everyday in her work as a midwife.
Felicia was born and raised in El Paso, TX on the border of Mexico. Her upbringing in border culture gave her a keen and personal perspective on the very real disparities that exist within the birth and maternal healthcare systems. Her sincere desire to be a part of the solution to these disparities has greatly fueled her devotion as a midwife and healer. Her practice is influenced by her indigenous Mexican roots, integrating ancestral wisdom and medicine with modern clinical know-how.
Felicia's birth experience has ranged from being a doula in hospital settings beginning in 2010, training with both urban and rural homebirth midwives, and in a high-volume international birth center. She graduated from MEAC-accredited midwifery school Maternidad la Luz in 2016 and became a CPM in 2017.
Felicia believes that birth is one of the most precious of human experiences and is whole-heartedly committed to safeguarding it. She is inspired and honored to be working with the Community Roots Midwifery Collective and supporting such an important and powerful vision.
Felicia's certifications include Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), Colorado Registered Midwife (RM). Her CPR and NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) certifications are current at all times.
Lauri Hughes, Assistant Midwife and Founder
Lauri began working with birthing families in Colorado as a full spectrum birth doula in 1998. She spent 5 years as a staff doula at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Denver, and 20 years working with Birth Assistants of Boulder (the original Boulder doula group).
Lauri started her midwifery education in 2006, apprenticing with a local midwife as well as doing clinical training in an El Paso birth center. She graduated from National Midwifery Institute in 2013 and became a certified professional midwife (CPM) that same year.
International and low resource settings hold special interest for Lauri, and she has been lucky enough to work, study and travel abroad extensively. She has worked in Indonesia and most recently in rural Philippines and Uganda. She is a passionate advocate for people’s healthcare rights, reproductive justice and serving those in need, both in the United States and abroad. Lauri has experience with VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), natural birth, home birth and hospital birth. She knows that pregnant people have the strength and wisdom to birth the best way for themselves and their baby. She understands physiologic birth and trusts the process. Lauri is honored to attend families during the births of their children and is especially grateful for the privilege of collaborating with the professionals who make up Community Roots Midwife Collective.
Lauri’s certifications include Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), Colorado Registered Midwife (RM), Certified Lactation Counselor® (CLC), and Helping Babies Breathe Master Instructor® (HBB). Her CPR and NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) certifications are current at all times.
Madison Cheshire, Assistant Midwife
Madison Cheshire, RM, CPM is a licensed midwife practicing in the front-range communities of Northern Colorado. She is passionate about supporting families through the magnificent process of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum time. Madison believes that the childbearing continuum is a space with the potential for deep reflection, healing, and transformation. Since her first birth training in 2011 in Boulder Colorado, Madison has pursued a midwifery education through a traditional, rural homebirth apprenticeship in the high Rockies, as well as a high volume international birth center and midwifery school along the U.S./Mexico border. Since returning to the front-range in 2015, Madison is grateful to collaborate with Community Roots Midwife Collective, as well as to expand her own practice.
For more information visit Madison’s website at www.wildflowerwise.com.
Lindsey Uhrig, Student Midwife
Lindsey comes to Colorado from Washington, DC where she spent 6 years serving hundreds of families as a full spectrum doula, prenatal yoga teacher and trainer, birth educator and former clinical health educator. Lindsey came to birth work after a brief stint coordinating international development programs in newborn and maternal health where she began to understand the power and effectiveness of community health initiatives. Lindsey therefore believes not only in the wisdom of the pregnant person but in the power of nonjudgemental support offered by an inclusive community. She is very grateful to be a part of Community Roots Midwife Collective as a student midwife supporting their powerful mission.
Outside of full spectrum doula work and being a student, Lindsey’s other interests include travel, cooking and the pelvic floor. She’s still searching for the outdoor activity that will help her fit in to the Colorado lifestyle.