Birth is an awesome, natural, intense, and sacred process which is also a Life Event. The midwives at CFBR offer preparation and participation with families to help create a natural and memorable Birth Center or Homebirth experience.
We believe there is a very big difference between giving birth to a baby and being delivered of a baby. We strive to awaken each woman's power from within through knowledge, preparation, and helping women find their strengths and to understand their possibilities.
Coastal Family Birth Retreat is licensed by the state of NH, and is an approved facility as outlined in SB 175. The State of NH has recently passed SB175 (April, 2006), which requires insurance companies to pay for births that occur in approved facilities. Coastal Family Birth Retreat is such a facility.
Valerie Jacques, CPM, NHCM
Valerie is an experienced midwife having attended over 1000 births and has been a practicing homebirth midwife since 1980. She is a registered nurse with a strong background in maternity care and pediatrics. Valerie is nationally certified by the North American Registry of Midwives and is also certified in the state of NH. The CFBR will serve families from NH, ME, and MA. Valerie has also practiced homebirth midwifery in the states of Colorado and Hawaii. Between 1989 and 1995, Valerie served as a board member on the New Hampshire Midwifery Advisory Committee. She also provides emergency childbirth education to area fire departments and EMS departments. Valerie has provided childbirth education since 1975 and has been a LaLeche League leader for several years. Valerie is married, has four adult children and is loving life as a grandmother.