Chandra Fischer, CPM, LM(TX)
Hi there. I'm Chandra and I'm a midwife. A traditional, apprentice-trained midwife. A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). A licensed Texas midwife. A former Registered Nurse, but not a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). I'm a mother. A life partner. A woman who tends to walk a bit off the beaten path. You can review my education & training credentials here, and learn more about midwives and choosing home birth here, but read on, (& be sure to check out my philosophy of care), to truly learn more about who I am, and how I serve.
Choosing your midwife is, at least in part, an exercise in choosing someone you feel comfortable with and connected to. Training, education, and excellent clinical skills are very important, and help promote a safe, healthy pregnancy and birth experience for you and your baby, but midwifery is also about heart, intuition, choice, and the power of presence. And it is the combination of all these things that creates the trust and relationship that makes the prenatal, home birth and postpartum experience with a midwife very different than the typical hospital; medical-model style of care.
I was born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. In the past eleven years, my husband's career has taken our family from Minneapolis to Bangalore, India to Austin, TX where we spent the last six years (and where I was blessed to apprentice with two busy midwifery practices and three wonderful, experienced midwives, completing the bulk of my midwifery education and training), before returning to our home state (and my husband's home town of Duluth). Although we all love to travel and experience new places, it feels good to be home and very nice to finally be closer to family.
More about me...
I am a daughter and a sister. My love for pregnancy, birth, and babies began in childhood; (I was born at home during a Minnesota blizzard). The eldest of six children, I adored hearing the story of my birth and happily carted around my younger siblings (once, at age 9, strapping my newborn sister into the baby carrier and walking over to the neighbors to play, without telling my poor mother.) In our house, birth was talked about, simply, joyously, as a part of life.
I've been married to my terrific husband, Bob, for 21 years and am "Mama/Mimi/Mommmm" to my 16-year old daughter, Grayce, and my 14-year old son, Owen. In my non-midwife-life, I enjoy hanging out with my husband and kids (we’ve primarily homeschooled most of these past years), traveling, hiking and camping, reading, writing, knitting, and doing yoga. You will also find me in the kitchen experimenting with a wide variety of recipes, or in the herb garden, with my hands in the dirt. Like many people who live in Duluth, I am drawn to the fierce beauty of Lake Superior and the landscape of the North Shore.
Prior to becoming a midwife, I had a thriving birth doula practice and before that a career, for over 10 years, as a registered nurse, charge nurse and nurse preceptor, working primarily in critical care. I'm always happy to share more about my journey to midwifery and the paths I chose to get here, so feel free to ask me more.
I currently engage in ongoing study & practice of holistic health and nutrition, herbs and homeopathy and continuing midwifery education. I love both the science and art behind birth and thrill to discovering new research; as well as grounding my practice in lessons learned from my mentors, midwifery history & traditions and the many midwives and mothers who have walked before me. I am also a former International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) leader and have extensive experience supporting women interested in cesarean prevention, recovering from cesarean surgery, or planning for a vaginal birth after a previous cesarean (VBAC) and I enjoy working with VBAC/HBAC families. I am continually committed to educating the public about the midwifery model of care and the safety and beauty of homebirth for low-risk families.