Meet your birth attendants
"In all cultures, the midwife's place is on the threshold of life, where intense human emotions, fear, hope, longing, triumph, and incredible physical power-enable a new human being to emerge. Her vocation is unique."
- Sheila Kitzinger
Rebecca Schleuger-Valadao, CNM
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Certified Nurse Midwife
Women's Health Provider
I am a hospital and home birther. I am a land and water birther. I am a breastfeeder. I am a survivor of a 4th degree and then 1st degree lacerations. I know what the hospital setting lacks and what safe out-of-hospital birth can do for women, babies and families. I believe that birth is beautiful in any setting and that women should choose the setting and providers that they feel safest with. Home may be that for some and for others not, and that is okay. There is no best place to birth, only what is best for you. I am a believer in women and in the good of all humans. I believe that access to safe, quality and respectful reproductive healthcare is a right of every person.
When I am not at birth or figuring out how to manage this website, business facebook or instagram...you'll find me with my girls. They are my light, I am strong because of them and for them. You might find us jumping on the trampoline, riding our bikes at Greenwood trails, walking our 3 dogs, being outdoors with our awesome neighbors, snuggled up reading Harry Potter or Percy Jackson books. My oldest is an avid baker and cook and keeps us all well fed. My youngest is just the right amount of silly, sassy and sincere, she makes all our hearts melt. My late husband is carried in all our hearts and continues to be a light in darkened times.
Sabbath Schrader, RN
Ayurvedic Practitioner in Training
Birth Trauma Resolution Therapist
Sabbath Schrader, RN is not an Iowa Native. Her birthing career started on the West Coast in Seattle, WA where she was a Doula and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist for many years before relocating to the Midwest. She believes that we are all innately designed for wellness, and works with Women and Families through her business, Sacred Health, to address issues with their Chronic Pain through an Ayurvedic lens, as well as providing Birth Trauma Resolution Therapy to those affected by Traumatic Childbirth experiences. Holistic Nursing Services available.
Over the years Rebecca and I have "run" in the same circles: Holistic Moms Networks, Attachment Parenting International, La Leche League, out of hospital and in hospital birth care providers. We are excited to be on this professional journey together to support women and families in our community.
When I'm not running Sacred Health, seeing patients in my own practice, working at Broadlawns Family Birthing Center, or getting ready to take my next training, I enjoy all things crunchy and crafty. I'm a knitter, a spinner, a gardener, a kayaker, a kombucha maker, a sour dough starting, cheese making, tree hugging, evidence based and righteously inclusive social justice nerd.