Wendy Pinter, LM,CPM
Licensed Midwife (MI) and Certified Professional Midwife, President of Nine Short Months
The moment that you find out you have a little one on the way, you start having to make many new and important decisions. What should I eat? Should I drink that? Who is going to care for me and my baby? I understand that this is a time where the choices you make can impact your family forever. I want to assure you that I am hoping to make your pregnancy and birth experience one less thing to worry about.
Birth is such a natural event when we leave it undisturbed. It is such a simple concept, but one that still goes largely misunderstood in America’s maternity system!
As a midwife, I see my role as being the knowledgeable one who will step in in case something goes wrong at a birth. Most of the time, that is not necessary, so I provide support and sacred space for your family to peacefully birth in whatever way that might look like to you. There are many people who take comfort in giving birth in a birthing center instead of their home, and for them I created Nine Short Months Birth and Community Wellness Center. This is a one stop shop for many services that you may need in the childbearing year. Midwifery, water birth, acupuncture, massage, lactation consultants, doulas, childbirth education, and placenta encapsulation are all coexisting under one roof.
I am comfortable to safely take you from where you are right now to the birth that you want to have. I have resources and connections that will help you to have all your health concerns that you or I might want to have addressed before the birth of your baby so that we can relax and enjoy your birth when the day comes. After your birth, our practice is unique in that we are able to perform all state mandated testing for newborns and we are equipped to handle most common postpartum complications a mother may experience, right in our facility. I feel that it is important that if I’m going to do this job, I am going to do it right.
Side note: For a charge, we do often provide the following services to clients of other midwives who do not provide them when we are available. (It is best if you inquire about postpartum testing before your birth with another midwife so that we can ensure you have the proper supplies on hand in the time frame that it is needed.):
- Repair of lacerations
- Newborn metabolic screening
- Hearing screening
- Pulse oximetry reading to screen for heart defects
Born and raised in Detroit, Aaushi has dedicated her life to empowering mothers through advocacy and evidence-based care, to achieve safe and healthy birth experiences. Nine Short Months was one of Aaushi’s first pathways into her midwifery journey. She started out a here as a birth assistant, became an apprentice midwife, and now practice manager. When she’s not at the birth center, she’s busy running her private doula practice, Mommy’s Maven, where she offers birthing families physical, emotional, spiritual, and informational support during the childbirthing year. Aaushi is professionally trained as a birth doula and birth assistant. She also attended Marygrove College, in Detroit, where she studied Psychology. After completion she spent a lot of time doing extensive community and social justice work in the City of Detroit. What she loves most is simply getting pregnancy and childbirth information out to communities that lack access.
In 2014, Aaushi had a personal birth experience that ended with a loss. This very traumatic experience turned out to be the impactful event that led her to us all. At that moment she knew that her work was needed in the birth world to assist other women by providing culturally-sensitive/competent pregnancy and childbirth education, securing early linkage to health care options, and attaining access to community resources. Her motto is, “Information and access are two of the key elements needed to empower birthing families.”, and she lives her life every day in that order.
If you’d like to know more about your birthing options or are interested in learning more about our birth center, please don’t hesitate to contact Aaushi at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Kutil, LM/CPM
Licensed Midwife (MI) and Certified Professional Midwife
Emily graduated from Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, Oregon and is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and Licensed Midwife in the state of Michigan. She has experience in both birth center and homebirths and a majority of her experience was at a water birth center in Portland, Oregon. She has attended births in a variety of settings in many locations. Prior to becoming a midwife, Emily spent several years as a doula, attended Westmont College and Portland State University. Emily lives in Southwest Detroit with her husband and has been working as a full time midwife at Nine Short Months since December 2017. She is passionate about the benefits of individualized, compassionate care for all families and believes all people that want it should have access to midwifery care. For more information, contact Emily at Emily@nineshortmonths.com
Crystal Enyih, LM/CPM
Licensed Midwife (MI) and Certified Professional Midwife
Savannah Stone, Assistant Midwife
Savannah completed her midwifery education and clinical training through Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR. Her onsite clinical training was done at Nine Short Months and at home births in SE Michigan, so many of our NSM families know her well! She is finishing her credentialing as a Licensed Midwife and will then continue on as a midwife at the birth center. She has been involved in birth work since 2011, starting out as a labor and postpartum doula. She believes midwifery is a form of activism and an active practice and advocacy for reproductive justice. She deeply values connection, consent, inclusivity, safety and transparency within this work. She views midwifery as a labor of love and believes that bodily autonomy is a right that everyone should have access to.
When she’s not at the birth center, she is working as a medic for a care collective based out of Detroit. She’s also an avid roller skater, proud dog mom, lover of all things flora and a mediocre baker. She also deeply loves her vinyl record collection and nerding out on music theory. Originally from Montana, Savannah has lived in Detroit for the last 3 years and is eager to continue serving SE Michigan families with the care and respect that they deserve. Savannah also provides placenta encapsulation services for families throughout the area. For more information, contact email@example.com
Students & Staff
Our wonderful team of staff, midwifery students, nurses, and birth assistants are here to support you during your appointments and birth. Each of them brings skill, enthusiasm, and a heart for caring for families in this special setting.
Brandy Walters, BBA, IBCLC
I am passionate about breastfeeding and want to help mothers in the community feel confident in their breastfeeding relationship. I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and have been a breastfeeding counselor and advocate for more than 14 years. My first son taught me how to be a mother through breastfeeding. In addition to my professional experience, I successfully nursed my three boys for more than a year each. I am proud of the work I do to help empower breastfeeding mothers.
Breastfeeding is an art and is one of the most natural acts a mother can do with her baby. However, some times it takes practice, dedication and extra support. You and your baby will learn together.
I will support you in your breastfeeding journey whether that be 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years and beyond. I provide services for newborns, babies beginning solids, pumping, weaning and a vast array of breastfeeding situations and challenges. I have worked with twin sets and early term babies, premature babies and NICU babies. Continued education is very important to me in my line of work. I want to help you reach your breastfeeding goals.
Contact Brandy at firstname.lastname@example.org