Individualized care in both the prenatal period and during delivery are important in our feel-like-a-number society, according to Augustine Colebrook of Wise Women Care Associates, 400 Crater Lake Ave., Medford.

“Family, women-centered care is at the heart of what I do,” says Colebrook. “I get to know my clients. I know the names of their family members and spend time with them, too.”
Colebrook is a certified professional midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives and is licensed through the state of Oregon.

Her approach to birthing goes far beyond delivery.

“We're not just a clinic; we're doing emotional counseling, pre-natal and postnatal counseling on site,” says Colebrook. “It's not a book-learned experience.”

Colebrook is classically trained through the age-old apprentice system. In her profession, one-on-one training is essential.

“I've been catching babies since Mother's Day 1999,” Colebrook says. “Now I'm a preceptor in my clinic, and I have seven students.”

Other favorites: Laura Roe, Ashland; Veege Rudiger, Oak Grove Midwifery, Ashland