Darynee Blount LM, CPM
I was born at our own local Mary Birch hospital and was raised here in San Diego. I am the mother of 5 wonderful children, including a set of twins.
I started out doula-ing for my closest friends and family members before I even knew it was a word in 1997. A doula is someone that accompanies women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. I draw upon my knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort and communication with health care providers to ensure women have the information needed to make informed decisions in labor. I provide reassurance and perspective to women and their partners, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort.
I really fell in love with the connections I made with families and helping women through one of the most challenging and rewarding parts of their lives. Initially my thought was to become a labor and delivery room nurse, but as I attended more hospital births, I noticed that one to one human connection just wasn’t really there. I decided to go to school and get some medical background and became a Medical Assistant in 2002. I was hired at Best Start Birth Center where I worked in both the front and back office. I attended a few births and assisted with postpartum discharge procedures. I met a Licensed Midwife, Marla Hicks LM, CPM, RN, who was beginning a Direct-Entry Midwifery program that worked there also. She asked me if I wanted to be the first student to sign up, and I gladly jumped on board in 2003.
I apprenticed, attended the midwifery school, and headed up the San Diego Midwifery Student Alliance simultaneously, going to births and fulfilling my academic portion of my training.
After about a year, Marla had to go back to work full-time and continue teaching the Midwifery school; I did a joint apprenticeship with her and another San Diego midwife, Gerri Ryan, LM, CPM, for about 6 months and went on, furthering my midwifery apprenticeship with Gerri for 3 years. During that 3 year time frame I had the privilege of working with other San Diego Midwives to help round out my training and education, and completed my prerequisites for becoming a Direct-Entry Midwife..
Assisting women and their families has been a worthy, fulfilling, and life-changing job for me. I feel birth is a sacred, natural, and empowering experience that must be left alone to work as it was intended to. I view myself as a life guard, making sure women are informed about their birth options, respecting the fact that they have the right to make healthy choices for themselves and their babies, and creating a space to support them through the process. Birth Roots helps root families and get them off to a great start!
Keeping the Midwifery torch burning strong and continuing the apprenticeship model of training new midwives is also a passion of both mine. Making a difference in maternal and infant morbidity and mortality has been proven to be better with the care of a midwife. I want to make that difference and help other women that share in the same passion that I do who want to make a difference for women and their families.