Hi, I’m Samm Magpi! (She/her)
I’d like to think that I did not choose to become a midwife, but it chose me. When I say that an internal light bulb turned on during my doula training in 2012 it sounds cliche, but that’s exactly what happened. From that day forward I became obsessed with birth and everything related to it. By 2013 I was started my own doula/ birth photography business, Wanderlust Birth + Photo, and was attending anywhere from 4-6 births per month.
I had my first baby at home in 2015, you can read my first birth story here. His birth shaped me in so many ways, a 9lb baby boy & an intense shoulder dystocia. The way my midwife calmly handled his birth and assured me that everything was okay made me feel empowered instead of traumatized.
I know that if I had I given birth in a hospital setting, my perception & birth experience would be a completely different story. I wanted to be able to provide others with the same level of care I received throughout my pregnancy, birth + postpartum.
Shortly after my son was born I started apprenticing with my own midwife, Karen Webster of WomanWise Midwifery. I attended births with her as a student all over Pennsylvania, Delaware & Maryland for 2.5 years. In 2017 I started at Birthwise Midwifery School for academic/ skills training to supplement the hands on clinical training I had been receiving while apprenticing with Karen.
In the fall of 2018 me, my partner, our 3 year old & our dog packed our bags & drove down to El Paso in order for me to finish my clinical requirements to become a CPM. As a woman of color, it was important for me to train with midwives of color, so I choose to apprentice at Luna Tierra & then flew around the world and spent an intense 5 weeks at Shiphrah, a high volume birth center in the Philippines. In early 2019 I came home to New Jersey & worked with homebirth midwife Rebekah Panagos to complete my clinical requirements to graduate.
In the last 7 years I’d say I have come full circle. I’ve attended over 175 births in various settings and have had the privilege of learning from several midwives (both CPM & CNM) and even obstetricians.
As I think about the windy road it took me to get here, I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Working first as a doula allowed me to gain experience in running my own business, seeing birth in all settings, become apart of the birth community, build connections with other health professionals (chiropractors, acupuncturists, pelvic floor therapists, psychologists, lactation consultants, etc.) and work with/ develop relationships with hospital based providers.
I am thrilled to finally be able to serve my community as a traditional homebirth midwife! I am currently awaiting to take the NARM to become a CPM (certified professional midwife) and LM (licensed midwife).
Education & Training
Birthwise Midwifery School 2017-2019
Senior student BirthHaven Midwifery 2018-2019
Assist/ primary student with WomanWise Midwifery 2016-2018
Primary student midwife at Luna Tierra Birth Center 2018
Primary student midwife at Shiphrah Birthing Home 2018
BLS for Healthcare Providers 2018
NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) 2018
Childbirth Educator Training 2013
Birth & Postpartum Doula Training 2012