Jeni Rector

 I began practicing as a midwife in 2005. I became a Certified Professional Midwife in August of 2007 and the 31st Licensed Midwife in the Commonwealth of Virginia shortly thereafter!


About Jeni

My name is Jeni Rector. I began practicing as a midwife in 2005. I became a Certified Professional Midwife in August of 2007 and the 31st Licensed Midwife in the Commonwealth of Virginia shortly thereafter! Before that, I apprenticed under the steady, experienced hands of Jenny Derugen, LM, CPM and Robin Weisbrod, MSN, RN, BSN. I have attended over 350 women as a midwife, birth attendant and doula since 2000.

I have been married to the Greatest guy on Earth since 1990 and I am the mom of 7 incredible children (1 in elementary, 1 in middle school, 2 in high school and 3 in college), a great dane, a miniature poodle, a catahoula hound dog, a tank of fish, a clowder of cats, and a bundle of kids that I swear I didn't give birth to but seem to live in my house and eat out of my fridge! I am also the grandma to 2 amazing girls!

I have given birth under just about every circumstance there is (read my birth stories here) so, I feel like I can certainly relate to ALL pregnant and laboring women. 

I am a member of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood

I am a member of Birth Matters VA

I am a member of the Commonwealth Midwives Alliance

I am a member of the International Cesarean Awareness Network

My beliefs about birth:

  • I believe that "Children are a heritage of the Lord. The fruit of the womb is His reward."
    (Psalm 127:3)
  • I believe that life begins at conception and that the Lord has a plan for each and every life He puts in the womb!
  • I believe that birth is just as much spiritual as it is physical (and boy is it ever a physical process).
  • I believe in the right to choose the caregiver and place of care in which to have a baby.
  • I believe that when parents are given good information and are prepared for childbirth, it is a blessed experience that brings them closer together .
  • I believe that pregnancy and birth are natural, normal events and that for the majority of pregnancies and births, medical intervention is entirely inappropriate, and results in unnecessary complications for moms and babies.
  • I am not "anti-doctor" or "anti-hospital." I believe that there is a time and a place for doctors and hospitals - it is just not every time and every place and certainly not for everyone. I am thankful for the terrific doctors, nurses and hospitals that we have in our area. I do not hesitate to refer to a physician or to transport to a hospital if it becomes necessary to do so. The goal is a healthy mom and baby - homebirth is the icing on the cake!
  • I believe that birth works best when everyone is respectful of who you are - that you (as a couple) created this life, that you (as a couple) can bring this life into the world and that this is the very thing the Lord designed you (as a couple) to do!!! So often dads are pushed into the corner and moms are treated as beings on a table. I want every dad to feel like he is an integral part of the process and I want every mom to know that she CAN DO THIS!!
  • I believe that no matter your race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status or political affiliation you have the right to have a wonderful, respectful birth experience.

I love to talk about birth with pregnant moms and new moms. Pregnancy and Motherhood are JOYFUL times full of Highs and Lows and I believe that my place on this earth is to lend a helping hand (or an ear) when it is needed. If you are a woman in a crisis pregnancy situation, do not hesitate to contact me or the folks at the CareNet Pregnancy Center - there are MANY solutions and options for you. 

Feel free to call or drop me a line via email to chat about babies, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding or midwifery issues.

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