Meet the Midwives
Current active midwifery practitioners are: Dawn Finney CPM, Katy Miller CPM, and
Julie Ferdman CPM.
Julie Ferdman CPM.
Kim James CPM
It seems as if I've been a midwife all my life but I officially started my midwifery education in 1980 through New Life School of Midwifery in Austin Texas. My training included both an academic component and an extended apprenticeship with senior midwives. I became a certified professional midwife in 1996 and over the years I have worked in three Columbia Birth Centers with physicians, nurses, nurse midwives and fellow CPM's, attending over 600 births. I'm the mother of two home born children and grandma to two grandsons, all born into the hands of midwives. It was a great honor catching my second grandson as he emerged in a warm birth pool in my daughter's home. I now have a small home birth practice and also offer massage therapy in my home office. I love working with my partners Dawn and Sarah and serving the mothers in my community who value midwifery care and desire a healthy, natural birth in the comfort of their own home. Kim currently offers new health and wellness services through Naki Wellness.
Sarah Davis CPM
I began my midwifery education in Iowa, where my husband and I grew up, apprenticing with Melody Weig, SCM, and attending classes at the Iowa School of Classical Midwifery with Molly Caliger, CPM for one year. My next midwifery adventure was a cross-country move to Oregon, where I attended the Oregon School of Midwifery, and then graduated from the International School of Traditional Midwifery in Ashland, OR. In 2004, our family moved again, to Champaign-Urbana, IL, where I assisted and practiced with supervision with Joann Falcon CPM, before becoming very busy in my own homebirth practice. About 75% of my clients were from the Arthur-Sullivan Amish settlement. While it was very hard to leave my practice - especially repeat clients! - when my husband was offered a job in Columbia, MO, in 2009, I am thrilled to be practicing with Dawn and Kim, and look forward to meeting many new families in the years to come. I have eight years of experience with breastfeeding support and education, and provide breastfeeding support services to my clients as well as to mothers outside of my practice. I have three boys, all born at home, and enjoy homeschooling, gardening, and gardening some more! Contact Sarah.