Alyssa Maynard is a midwife specializing in homebirth services and lactation consulting. She has a passion for providing families with care that meets their individual needs and is constantly humbled by the human body’s ability to create and nourish life.
Alyssa Maynard joined the Joy of Life team as a midwife in 2017. Originally from New England, she completed her Bachelors degree at the University of Vermont, studying sociology and psychology while assisting in research on the effect of childhood trauma and decision making in adulthood. A chance encounter with a senior seminar focused on the sociology of birth inspired her to learn more about the complex state of maternity care in the United States and the options that families had the ability to pursue with regards to their birth choices. After completing her undergraduate degree she worked as a counselor for pregnant and parenting women in a unique residential treatment facility where families could remain together while mothers received treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders. Wanting to apply the knowledge from her studies to real life situations, she served her clients as a doula and childbirth educator in addition to her counseling role. After witnessing a variety of births with different providers she was curious to see a different side of birth and was able to find a local homebirth midwife who allowed her to observe out of hospital midwifery care. She spent 2 years running around the mountains of Vermont helping families welcome their children at home and fell in love with the care that she saw being provided in this setting. Realizing that not all women had access to choice for a safe homebirth, she felt compelled to ensure that this option remained available. After researching all the choices for a midwifery education she found her way to Bastyr University where she pursued her Masters of Science in Midwifery, the only regionally accredited master’s program for direct entry midwifery available in the country.
While at Bastyr University, Alyssa had the unique experience of training in high volume birth centers accruing over 1500 clinical hours and attending over 100 families in labor. Inspired by her work as a counselor and a desire to increase her own knowledge of trauma informed care, she completed a masters thesis on the role that childhood trauma can have on the early postpartum period and how healthcare providers can help navigate these challenges. She commits a large part of her practice to providing trauma informed care and respecting how a history of trauma can affect pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Her studies at Bastyr included extensive work in cultural competency, research methods, and evidence based practice creating a multi-faceted foundation for providing well-rounded care. In addition to the rigorous coursework at Bastyr, the program instilled a responsibility for protecting and advancing the profession of midwifery with additional coursework in medical ethics, health policy, and political activism.
While inspired by the thriving midwifery climate of Washington, Alyssa found herself longing to return to a more rural setting to practice homebirth. Despite the tragic lack of maple syrup she has fallen in love with southwestern Colorado and is thrilled to call it home. When she is not in clinic, you can find her hiking, practicing yoga, trying to convince herself she enjoys running, or curled up under a tree with a good book.