certified professional midwife, licensed midwife
My name is Stephanie Kentner and I am honored and privileged to be a midwife. I believe so strongly in the power of a woman to birth her baby naturally and as God designed. I believe a woman should be encouraged to participate in her own care as well as that of the life growing inside of her. This is dynamically accomplished through the personal level service of midwifery care, which I believe every woman deserves. Choosing your midwife is a very important and personal decision as the bond between a midwife and client is central to your birth experience. I would be honored to meet with you to discuss your hopes and plans and how I can partner with you to help make your dreams a reality.
In 1990 I married my husband Mark and together we have raised our six amazing children. It was in our years growing our own family that the seed was planted that made me passionate about pregnancy, birth and the precious time it is for a family. I will always remember the day I met Ann Crowell, founder of Gentle Beginnings Birth Center. She quickly recognized my passion for birth and my deep desire to come alongside women during that vulnerable season. She invited me to shadow her at the birth center for a day and that was all it took for me to be convinced that it was time to pursue this great and shared calling!
I apprenticed with Ann until her untimely passing in 2016. I am forever grateful to her for opening up this wonderful world of midwifery to me. I am also immensely grateful for Donna Miller, who traded Ann and without hesitation offered to bring me under her wing to continue my training. I often describe Donna as a legend. She has trained numerous midwives in her forty-plus years career and I continue to glean from her experience and wisdom. I am honored and blessed to be a part of the midwifery team in the unique and personal community we have fostered at GBBC. It is unparalleled!
I believe my years of working side by side with Ann, Donna and other great midwives in our community has given me the experience and desire to come along side you and guide you with not only practical care and a watchful eye, but also to educate, encourage and support you as you bring your baby into your arms and change this world.