Darynée Blount, CPM, LM, IBCLC
Darynée Blount is the owner and director of Birth Roots since 2008. She was born and raised in San Diego and has many family members residing in the city. She has five children of her own, the third of which was born in the water with midwives. She attended Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery for her direct-entry into midwifery and apprenticed and assisted many of the community midwives for many years before attaining her own license. She is nationally certified as Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and a California Licensed Midwife (LM). She also has additional experience and education in lactation as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Donna McBride Hooyen, CPM, LM
Donna was born in New Jersey and moved to San Diego with her family when she was 11 years old. She has 9 children of her own, 6 of whom were born at home. She has 5 grandchildren, 4 of whom were also born at home. Even before the births of her own children, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in women’s health, which led her into midwifery. Donna studied at the Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery and apprenticed with several San Diego area licensed midwives to complete her education. She is nationally certified as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and a California Licensed Midwife (LM). She has extensive experience breastfeeding her own children and was a La Leche League Leader for over 20 years.