Meet Susanna Mauzy Certified Professional Midwife & Doula

At the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where I went to college, there was a class almost every female undergrad took at some point in their four years, Women’s Studies 103. A brief portion of the curriculum involved discussing birth culture in America and while most of the 400 women and 5 men in the room turned away at the birth videos, I was enthralled. Not long after, I became friends with the son of a midwife and dove into my first book on pregnancy and birth. Three chapters in and I was sold. I learned what it meant to watch someone give every bit of strength and power they had to bring their baby into the world, and knew I had chosen the right path.

Susanna Mauzy Midwife

Midwifery studies and training

I finished my BA in Religious studies and applied to Birthwise Midwifery School in Maine. I took the DONA birth doula training in preparation for my time at Birthwise and was honored to attend a couple births before starting school.

While enrolled at Birthwise I took part in many births with a CPM in conjunction with my coursework. After finishing my core curriculum at Birthwise, I began a year-long apprenticeship with a busy midwife serving Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania . I then spent two months in an apprenticeship working within the Amish community in Lancaster, PA.

I graduated from Birthwise in June of 2012. I subsequently passed the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) exam and received my Certification of Professional Midwife (CPM). I then moved back to my home state of Massachusetts to begin my practice. Today I serve families throughout the greater Boston area, with a focus on Arlington, Somerville, Cambridge, Belmont, and Watertown.

When I'm not at births...

When not heading to prenatals or births, I try to go running along the Minuteman bike path down the street from my Arlington home, chip away at my long reading list, or occasionally attempt a knitting project. Most of my extended family live close by and I get to spend plenty time with my baby nephew. A fan of water and all activities related to it, I often take advantage of being close to walden pond and have recently discovered the joys of sailing on the Charles.

Philosophy of Care

As a Certified Professional Midwife and birth doula I believe that every birthing person has the right to make their own choices regarding their body and their birth. People must receive evidence-based, unbiased information during pregnancy and birth in order to make informed decisions. Birth is a normal and healthy occurrence in a person’s life, yet each one is unique and amazing. The normalcy of birth must be trusted by the client, the care provider, and their support team. The amazement of birth must be respected by holding a safe space for the birthing person and family to honor and fully experience the enriching process and life that birth brings.