“Let choice whisper in your ear and love murmur in your heart. Be ready. Here comes life."
Anna Gilmore, CPM, Registered Midwife is mother to 8 wonderful children whose beautiful home births inspired her to pursue midwifery training and become of service to other families who preferred to birth their babies at home. While raising her family in Cedaredge, Colorado, she began formal midwifery training with the Midwives College of Utah in 2014. Apprenticeship and adventure took Anna and her family away from Colorado in 2015, across states, across the sea to Hawaii for a time, but eventually back home to the Western Slope of Colorado.
Anna's clinical training occurred in Utah, where she served in several home birth midwifery practices, and attended births in 7 different birth centers.
After graduation In 2020, Anna returned to serve the Grand Valley and surrounding community. She enjoys urban homesteading across the street from the Colorado River, and making music with her family.
Emily Brantley, Midwife Assistant
Emily’s midwifery journey began when she met a missionary midwife a few years back. As she learned about the maternal and neonatal mortality rates worldwide, as well as the need for competent midwives, Emily felt drawn toward maternity care. After attending her youngest brother’s birth, her desire to step into midwifery became even stronger. In 2020, she began attending Mercy in Action College of Midwifery. Later that year, she met Anna and has been working with her since. Emily is a Colorado native but lived in both Minnesota and East Asia while attending Bethany Global University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Ministry. She was recently married and enjoys cooking with her husband, singing and playing the guitar, and all things crafty!
Vonda Kunz: Second Attendant, Monitrice.
Vonda became a Birth Doula in 1983, later beginning her journey as a postpartum doula,
Student Midwife and Midwifery assistant, while assisting in homebirths, hospital births and births centers. She married in 1984 to the love of her life, had 4 amazing children at home, and now has 9 grandchildren. Her family moved to Fruita, Colorado in 1996 and served the Grand Valley and surrounding areas for 16 years, then settled in Montrose, Colorado in 2012, where she now resides.
Vonda has been taught through the experience of many different wise and seasoned midwives. Even though two attempts at completing midwifery college herself were thwarted by famly caretakking needs and later a major accident, Vonda has diligently served in many childbirth related capacities throughout the years. Among other things, she teaches childbirth classes, encapsulates placentas, lactation consults and serves in church ministry in her community. See her website for more information on her services.
She loves Jesus, gardening, photography, cooking, playing games, traveling, hunting, fishing, being near water and spending time with friends and family..
Elizabeth Beedle: Midwife Assistant
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”
Our Services & Philosophy
Our role during your prenatal care is to empower you to learn about your options, let you make the decisions that are best for your family, and then support you.
Be prepared for relaxed appointments in our cozy Grand Junction office, plenty of time to ask all your questions, and sound nutritional advice! Coaching you on how to eat during pregnancy is how we help you to nourish your baby and prepare your body for the rigors of childbirth. Traditional lab work gives us feedback on how you are doing and what to do next.
At GVHH we consider every client to be the first primary healthcare provider for your own family. We provide you with prenatal kit tools and emphasize teaching you how to listen to your baby's heartbeat, how to analyze your own body's signs and symptoms and how to make adjustments to your health accordingly! We want to empower you to take charge of your family's health with knowledge and useful tools. Who knows? Maybe you'll go on to be a midwife someday!
LABOR & BIRTH
We have 2 intentions during your labor and birth.
1: Support and empower you
2: Guard the safety of you and your child
To guard your safety, there are two-three of us present. We don't hesitate to escalate to higher levels of care when appropriate. If transport is needed we usually see it coming ahead of time, enabling us to take you in for a complication instead of an emergency.
To support and empower you we coach your partner and/or your doula on how to support you physically during labor. During your prenatal care we will discuss your birth preferences so that you can make the choices that are meaningful for you. You choose who will be there. You choose to labor on land or in water. You choose who catches. You choose when and who cuts the cord. You choose who gets to weigh your new baby. You choose what you want done with your placenta. You choose what procedures are performed on yourself and on your child. Our job is to support you in your choices within the confines of safety.
We provide home visits during the first week after your baby is born. Instead of getting into a car to drive home, you can stay tucked in bed with your new baby, while we come to you!
We provide newborn care for the first 6 weeks and we offer vitamin k and eye ointment. We refer you to your pediatrician for circumcision or vaccinations.
We offer all of the standard newborn screenings that are done by the hospital including:
CCHD (to check their heart)
We visit you in your home on day 2, and again on day 7. You can call a midwife to consult as often as needed for up to 6 weeks postpartum. You may schedule as many office visits as you like for up to 6 weeks.
We support your feeding goals for your baby, and refer you to solid community resources (such as WIC) and lactation consultant support as needed.
"My experiences with Anna during labor have been phenomenal...I appreciate that she approaches pregnancy and birth with both knowledge and humility."
"She taught me some doula stuff so I could assist her and play a more prominent role in my wife's birth. She is definitely worth going to and you will be in great hands. She went above and beyond any of my expectations."
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You may have questions about insurance (no we can't accept Medicaid), payment plans, what services we offer (no, we can't deliver breech or twins in Colorado) and what you are expected to pay for out of pocket, etc.
Most of those questions are answered in the two documents we send to every potential client:
You can download them here, get answers to many of your questions and come up with some more questions to ask at your free consultation.
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