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Open Door Midwifery

Welcome to Open Door Midwifery

I respect birth as a sacred rite of passage. My goal is to empower each family to find their own unique path through the challenges of pregnancy, birth, and newborn care. I facilitate this with careful, loving support and guidance for mother and baby. At the center of my work is a strong faith in the beauty, dignity, and sanctity of natural birth.

Is a natural birth right for you?

Nora Mae

Denise Doerr ~ Midwife

In 1985 I began to train in earnest as an apprentice midwife, working through the process of becoming a licensed direct entry midwife in New Mexico. I passed the board exams, became licensed in 1987. and have attended home births as primary midwife ever since. 

My Services

The initial prenatal visit will be the longest visit, including a complete physical exam and lab work, unless you are transferring care from another provider and have already had this done.

Labor and Delivery

My role at your birth is to act as the guardian of normal birth. I believe that your birth will proceed safely if I interfere as little as possible, so I will attempt to remain in the background.

Postpartum Care

I will call you 12-24 hours after the birth. I will do a postpartum home visit between 24-36 hours of birth, and on the third day. I will do additional home visits within the first 2 weeks, if you or your baby have any problems.

Water Birthing

Water is often used by women to ease the discomforts of labor.
Whether standing in a shower, sitting in your own bathtub at home, or fully reclining in a large tub built just for laboring.

Open Door Birth Center

Open Door Birth Center allows me to provide my very personalized care to more women. Birth centers are growing in popularity all around the country as another out-of-hospital birth alternative.

Open Door Birth Center

In all cultures, the midwife’s place is on the threshold of life, where intense human emotions, fear, hope, longing, triumph, and incredible physical power-enable a new human being to emerge. Her vocation is unique.