Personal Background

LeahPortraitWhen I think of childbirth I'm filled with awe and wonder for the incredible miracle that it is. But giving birth is only a small part of the amazing transformation women and their families go through when bringing children into the world. Over the years my favorite part of working with families is walking alongside them as they grow closer together and helping them to embrace the challenges and joys of the coming baby. I grew up in northern Wisconsin, lived abroad for a short time and then settled down to raise our children there and learn midwifery for many years. I became a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) in 2005 and a Licensed Midwife (LM) in WI in 2007, when licensure became the law in the state. My family moved to Kauai in 2016 and we are really feeling at home here. CPMs are not currently licensed nor regulated in the state of Hawaii, but I keep my practice guidelines, standards and certifications up to date on my own volition. I also have training in hydrotherapy and massage therapy. Besides midwifery, I enjoy living and being outdoors, taking care of growing things and looking after people and this beautiful planet. I'm often helping out in the classroom and in the garden, teaching everything from science to cooking to natural remedies and herbal preparations.   Whenever I can find the time and resources, I go to Haiti to work with Midwives For Haiti. There we work towards improving health care; focusing on improving maternal mortality rates and birth outcomes. Haiti is one of the most resource-poor countries in the western hemisphere, but I find it beautiful and intriguing. I speak French, which is one of their official languages and I now have friends there. With financial donations we sponsor children to go to school who couldn't go otherwise, and we sponsor a Haitian midwife, Juslene Regulus, by paying her salary so she can continue to be on the ground working all year long. You can read about Juslene here: https://midwivesforhaiti.org/films-photos/ I'm happily married to Keith Hatcher, an elementary school teacher and principal at Kahili Adventist School. He keeps me laughing and playing outside. We live in Kapa'a and we have 4 children. Here are some of the organizations that I support: ADRA Midwifes for Haiti Mother's Milk Alliance.org