Meet the Midwife

Tel Viehmann Cunningfolk, LM, CPM, AP

Krystel Viehmann, LM, CPMI am a California Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife located in Sacramento, California. I am also an Arvigo Practitioner, trained in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®I graduated from Birthwise Midwifery School, a MEAC-Accredited direct-entry midwifery school in Bridgton, Maine. Prior to midwifery school, I trained as a labor doula through CAPPA. I earned my BA from Mount Holyoke College in Cultural Anthropology and also earned the Five College Culture, Health, and Science Certificate. As a midwifery student, I trained in intensive apprenticeships with seven midwives all around the country in Topsham, ME; Austin, TX; Mesa, AZ; and finally in Los Angeles, CA. It is a very unique aspect of my training that I was able to work with so many midwives, learning from their wisdom and practice styles and incorporating the very best of it all into who I am as a midwife and how I practice. I carry current certifications in Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR.

My journey to midwifery starts way way way back. At the very beginning.

I was born in a hospital birth center into the hands of certified nurse midwives (CNMs). My mother proudly birthed me and my sister at the same birth center with no medication or unnecessary interventions. This experience deeply influenced her life and mine – I grew up hearing the story of my birth again and again throughout my childhood. At every baby shower (after my aunt shared that the best way to give birth was to ask for drugs before you even left the hospital parking lot), my  mother stalwartly reaffirmed that natural birth was possible, breastfeeding was desirable, and cloth diapering was do-able. It stuck with me.

Even so, I still didn’t know that homebirth was an option until my senior year in college. I had been searching for a way to make a career out of reproductive health when I came upon an advertisement for a midwifery school. Shortly after, I took a labor doula course through CAPPA with the pressing, nagging thought that although being a doula sounded nice, at the end of the day I really wanted to be a midwife. In my first year out of college, my cousin’s wife had a baby boy and invited me to be their doula. It was my first birth. I was smitten, and when I walked out of the hospital that day I knew for certain that I was meant to be a midwife.

I love serving families as they grow and expand during the childbearing year. The processes of giving birth and becoming a parent (whether for the first or seventh time) is beautiful, intensely powerful, messy, and transformative. I see myself as a facilitator, helping you give birth to yourself throughout the entire experience of pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum.

At a Glance

⊕ DASC Midwife of the Year, 2015

⊕ Birthwise Midwifery School, 2012
⊕ Mount Holyoke College, BA, 2006

Volunteer Positions
⊕ Peer Reviewer for Midwifery Matters
⊕ CAM Regional Representative, 2012-2014

Classes and Publications
⊕ Intrauterine Insemination workshop, co-taught with Sara Howard, LM, for LA Midwives Peer Review, 2015
⊕ “Midwifery Care for Every Body: Integrating Transgender and Genderqueer Inclusive Practices for the Benefit of All Clients” co-taught with Jaqxun Darlin, CPM at the MANA 2013 Conference
⊕ “Maternal Health is a Human Right” in the Association of Midwifery Educators ENews, Oct 2012
⊕ “Taking Back Birth, Alums Give a Big Push for Midwifery” in the MHC Alumnae Quarterly, Fall 2011
⊕ Diversity Training, Birthwise Midwifery School 2011

Continuing Education
⊕ Neonatal Resuscitation, current
⊕ Basic Life Support, current
⊕ Arvigo Professional Care Training, 2015
⊕ Birth Emergency Skills Training, 2015

Professional Memberships
⊕ California Association of Midwives
⊕ National Association of Certified Professional Midwives
⊕ Maya Arvigo International Association

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Mom, Rachael, and I

My first catch! Me, my mom, and my little sister the day after she was born.