Jen Marlow, CPM, LM
My introduction to midwifery came courtesy of my own mother, who has always spoken freely to me about my birth and the great care she received from her own beloved midwife. I was deeply curious about midwives, but was initially discouraged from pursuing it as a career choice. As such, I started out my adult life in the arts.
It wasn’t until I was getting ready to try for children of my own that I truly returned to my interest in midwifery. Upon exploring my options for birth, I found that they were extremely limited within the area I was living in at that time. The almost total lack of midwives in the reasonably large city I was living in caught me very much by surprise. I went on to start working as a doula, to begin exploring midwifery training, and to birth my own first child.
I moved back to Atlanta, GA in 2009, where I continued to work as a doula, became a certified childbirth educator, and began assisting at homebirths with the midwife who would end up being my preceptor for most of my midwifery training. The homebirths that I saw were a stark contrast to my experience with the birth of my first child (a mostly unmedicated hospital birth). I witnessed pregnancy and birth being treated as completely normal life events, labor worked through with movement and breathing, and babies spending peaceful early moments in the arms of their parent. This is something I got to experience first hand in 2011 when I gave birth to my second child peacefully in my own home.
In late 2014, I moved to Texas to finish out my clinical experience requirements at a small birth center in Parker County. There I completed my Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and Texas Licensed Midwife (LM) requirements, and received both credentials. After gaining both certification and license, I moved into Fort Worth and started a small homebirth only practice of my own. I have had the privilege of learning from many knowledgeable, skilled midwives, and remarkable parents. I am perpetually amazed at the love and courage it takes to bring a baby into the world. It is my honor to attend those who are working towards conception, currently pregnant, or already caring for their newborn.
When I’m not off being a midwife, I love to cook, sew, paint, and garden. On the odd occasions that I’m not on call, I also enjoy hiking and camping.