Rock Creek Midwifery’s Licensed Practitioners

The Rock Creek Midwives are licensed Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs), accredited through the North American Registry of Midwives. CPMs receive intensive midwifery training including academic study and in-depth apprenticeship over a three-year period.  CPMs specialize in out-of-hospital midwifery care. They are independent practitioners and do not need a backup doctor to provide care. All midwives and assistants are trained at length in birth emergency skills and hold current CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation certifications.

 
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Rachel Cipryk, CPM, MA

I am passionate about pregnancy and birth care and education rooted both in current research and evidence and the age-old wisdom of midwifery. I enjoy helping people to wade through the overabundance of information to make choices that work best for them and their family.  I love midwifery for the breadth of choice it offers, and I am excited to be able to offer these to families who are looking for the best possible birth experience and welcome for their babies.   

I had my first home birth in 2013. Not only was the birth in my own home an incredibly loving and peaceful experience, but I also loved everything about the pregnancy process. The nurturing care with midwives, reading about and feeling what was happening in my body and with my baby, and what the birth process was like.  By the end I knew that midwifery was the right course for my next chapter.

Midwifery is a second career for me and I feel lucky to have found my calling. After a decade working in international development overseas and in DC, I realized that working directly with people is where I get the greatest satisfaction from work, and where my gifts are best suited. Coming to midwifery as a second career gives me the advantage of bringing a body of skills in research and analysis, management, cultural sensitivity and personal communication that support me in providing attentive and thoughtful evidence-based care to women and their families.

My midwifery experience has focused exclusively on home birth and includes working with a range of families in the DC area and the Amish community in Pennsylvania. This diversity has taught me that there is a vast range of what families want during this transformative time in their lives – whether it is growing a family for the first time or the 12th time – and that regardless of one’s particular choices, respectful, attentive and nurturing care is a constant element in what people desire. I am always grateful for the opportunity to provide that care through this chapter, and to share in the growth and joy of these moments.  

When not midwifing, I love spending time with my two children and wonderful husband, cooking, sharing meals with friends, gardening and traveling. Born and bred in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, I have happily made Takoma, DC my home since 2010.

Education & Certifications:

  • Certified Professional Midwife, education from Birthwise Midwifery School, Maine

  • MA in Poverty and Development, Institute for Development Studies, UK

  • BA in Political Science, Brock University, Canada

  • Current Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) Certificate

  • Current Adult and Pediatric CPR Certificate

  • DONA-trained Doula

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Brittany Coffman, CPM, PA

I believe your birth is not just the beginning of your child’s life but the beginning of your adventure in parenthood. Only positive outcomes can come from nurturing and empowering a person at the beginning of this journey. I support your choices for you and your family.  

Before my journey to midwifery began, I worked for about 10 years in primary care as a Physician Assistant.  Upon attending my first homebirth in 2010, my whole world changed. Once I gave birth in my own home in 2012, my goal was set. Since 2014, I have attended births in the home environment as a doula, birth assistant or midwife. In 2018, I became a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) licensed through the state of Maryland. I feel fortunate that my past has brought me to this place – where I feel passionate about my future. I love offering this model of partnership support and care to local families. I feel honored to walk alongside this journey of pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.

When not doing midwifery-related things, you can find me experimenting in the kitchen, dreaming up potlucks and family celebrations in our home, or exploring on adventures with my small clan. Currently, I live with my three beautiful daughters, my husband Bob, two fur pups and a flock of chickens in Middletown, MD.

Education & Certifications:

  • Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, Hood College

  • Certified Professional Midwife through National Association of Registered Midwives

  • Maryland State License for Direct Entry Midwifery

  • Associates in Midwifery, SWTC

  • Current Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) Certificate

  • Current Adult and Pediatric CPR Certificate

  • Trained Doula