About the Midwife

Jennifer L. WestJennifer L. West, LM, CPM, HBCE, TBMP, CST, CH, PP&E

  • Certified Professional Midwife - National Certification North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) since 1998
  • New Mexico State Licensed Midwife since 1993
  • Certified Waterbirth Midwife
  • Certified HypnoBirthing® Instructor
  • Traditional Childbirth Class Educator since 1990
  • Certified BLS CPR Instructor since 1986
  • Faculty Member of the National College of Midwifery - Taos, NM
  • Member of Licensed Midwifery Advisory Board for the New Mexico Department of Health
  • New Mexico Training Preceptor for Apprentice Midwives
  • Total Body Modification Practitioner
  • Cranio Sacral Therapist
  • Hypnotist

Jennifer is a licensed midwife with a private practice that specializes in waterbirth and gentle birth. Jenny changed careers in 1988 from being a National Park Service Ranger, including law enforcement, firefighting and emergency medicine, to become a midwife. The calling to become a midwife was so strong for her that she became a midwife first and then found the best place to practice, New Mexico. The desire to educate women about their choices on how they birth, helping them create their best birth experience, continues to be a priority as well as an honor and a joy. She enjoys teaching and providing information to assist parents-to-be before, during and after birth. Click here to learn even more as she answers your questions.

Personal Information

Jennifer West, sole owner of Albuquerque Homebirth-midwifery service, The Purple Thistle Tea Co. and Dolphin Circle Waterbirth Tub Kits, is an author, teacher and midwife.  She has been a licensed midwife since 1989, specializing in water birth, relaxation through hypnosis and using CranioSacral therapy during birth and with newborns.  She has attended over 875 births in Texas, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Mexico and Australia. She is a retired National Park Service Ranger-federal law enforcement, EMS, structural and wild land fire fighter. She currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is willing to travel to attend births.


  • Co-authored “CIG to Natural Childbirth”  release date 10/6/09
  • Author, “The Natural Healing Power of the Placenta” release date 9/10/09
  • Featured in the Albuquerque Tribune  Newspaper
  • Several TV & radio interviews

Appointments and Certifications

  • Waterbirth certification 1/2010
  • Appointed Board member for National College of Midwifery, Director, Elizabeth Gilmore, Taos, NM
  • Appointed to the State Advisory Board for Midwifery in New Mexico (Three year term)
  • Re-appointed to  the State Advisory Board for Midwifery in New Mexico (Three year term)
  • Certified Hypnotist
  • CranioSacral Therapist
  • Total Body Modification Practitioner
  • Koren Hand Therapy Practitioner
  • Team leader for an out-of-state CPM Grievance Process Peer Review
  • Certified Professional Midwife, North American Registry of  Midwives
  • HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator
  • Certified BLS CPR Instructor, maintained to current date
  • Texas State license to practice midwifery
  • Peer Review Chair and Coordinator for New Mexico Licensed midwives
  • State of New Mexico Breast Feeding Task Force Member and on-call counselor for home visits Licensed New Mexico Midwife, Lic.# 93255R. 
  • El Paso County Permitted Lay Midwife certification

Accolades (Awards)

  • The HypnoBirthing Outstanding Instructor Award 2009
  • The HypnoBirthing Diamond Award 2005
  • The HypnoBirthing Education and Literature Award 2004
  • The HypnoBirthing Recognition Award 2004


  • MANA
  • New Mexico Midwives Association
  • National Guild of Hypnotists

Speaking Opportunities

  • CranioSacral for the Birth Worker: Albuquerque, NM  6 hours
  • Trust birth conference  4 presentations, waterbirth, TBM, CST for the birthworker, transitioning to trusting birth
  • HypnoBirthing Conference - Brewer Diet Update, When Labor has Periods of Rest, HB for the Traditonal Doula Workshop, Deerfield Beach, FL
  • Hosted documentary "Preg in America" film
  • Guest speaker at Doula Workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Hypnosis Conference, 8 CEU's, Southwest Hypnotherapy Examiners Board, Albuquerque, NM
  • Presented “HypnoBirthing For the Traditional Doula” Workshop, Toronto, Canada.
  • Presented “Advanced Doula Techniques” Longmont, Colorado.
  • Guest lecturer at University of New Mexico, pre-med courses, twice per semester
  • Presented at the HypnoBirthing® Conclave in Phoenix, AZ ,  “Labor Support Techniques for the Traditionally Trained Doula” and ‘The Nutritional Triangle: It’s Not What You Think”
  • “HypnoBirthing® Techniques for the Traditional Doula” Workshop in Woodbury, MN
  • “HypnoBirthing® Professional Labor Companion” Workshop in Chicago, Ill
  • Coordinated and presented HypnoBirthing® for fifteen couples in  Cancun, Mexico with Mickey Mongan (founder of HypnoBirthing®), Dr. Luis J.  Medellin Lara and Irma Alicia Tostado (local HypnoBirthing® Instructor)
  • Presented at the HypnoBirthing® Conclave in Phoenix, AZ.  “Labor Support Techniques for the Traditionally Trained Doula”, "The Nutritional Triangle: It’s Not What You Think”
  • “HypnoBirthing® Professional Labor Companion” for HypnoBirthing® Practitioners that have never been in the birth room"
  • First time, “HypnoBirthing® Techniques for Labor Support for the Traditional Doula," 8 hours, Albuquerque, NM
  • Teaching Infant and Child CPR classes once a quarter for new parents and the public.
  • Taught new HypnoBirthing® course, “HypnoBirthing® Techniques for Labor Support for the Traditional Doula” , Albuquerque, NM
  • Critical Analysis of Charting Documentation Workshop, one-day workshop to improve charting skills, Albuquerque, NM
  • 1st Annual HypnoBirthing® Conclave, Phoenix, AZ  Presented three topics; Waterbirth, Prenatal Herbals and Herbs for Encouraging Labor
  • MANA Conference, presented three topics; Peer Review, Using Water For Labor and Birth and HypnoBirthing-a Midwife's Perspective
  • Taught Aquanatal Classes until hospital sold pool contract
  • Traditional childbirth classes at Presbyterian Hospital for 3 years, Albuquerque,NM
  • Childbirth Educator for Maternity and Infant Care affiliated with University of New Mexico.
  • Supervisor/Instructor at Casa De Nacimiento Birth Center for a month, as a  fill-in for vacations
  • Supervisor/Instructor at the Northern New Mexico Midwifery Center in Taos, NM, working with the owner/operator, Elizabeth Gilmore, for five weeks during the months of Sept, Oct, and Dec
  • Supervisor/Instructor at Casa De Nacimiento, El Paso, TX.

Workshops and Conferences Attended

  • Future midwives suturing workshop
  • Annually teaches an all-day  NRP, CPR, IV re-certification for homebirth midwives, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Start six-part tele-conference With Conscious Woman, Sarah J. Buckley, as the instructor
  • Trust Birth Conference, Redondo Beach, California
  • HypnoBirthing re-certification, instructor Kathie Dolcie, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Hypnosis Conference, 8 CEU's, Southwest Hypnotherapy Examiners Board, Albuquerque, NM
  • Korean Hand Therapy Training, instructor Dan Lobash, Albuquerque,NM
  • Quantum Touch II-Supercharged, Albuquerque, NM
  • Hypnosis Conference, 8 CEU's, Southwest Hypnotherapy Examiners Board, Albuquerque, NM
  • Quantum Touch Course, Albuquerque, NM
  • Calmbirth Instructor Training, instructor Peter Jackson, Bowral, Australia
  • Completed  Somato Emotional Release Training, Upledger Institute, Denver, Colorado
  • Completed CranioSacral Level II,  Upledger Institute, Albuquerque,NM
  • Certified Hypnotist Training, 250 hours, National Hypnotherapy Institute, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Recertification for Total Body Modification, instructor John Butson, Albuquerque, NM
  • Completed CranioSacral  Level I Workshop, Upledger Institute, Albuquerque, NM.
  • “TBM for Pregnancy and Birth” taught by Dr. Moises Reznick.
  • CPR Re-Certification class w/Presbyterian Hospital
  • TBM, module 3 and extra workshop “BE” for  basic exam review and practice in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Bruce Fabric and John Butson instuructors
  • Modules 1 & 2 for TBM Training in Big Sandy, Utah.  Instructor Dr. Victor Frank and his son, Randy Frank (www.tbmseminars.com)
  • Coordinated and attended  “Fearless Birthing” workshop with Kim Wildner, Albuquerque, NM
  • Re-certification for HypnoBirthing® Practitioners with Aaron Aldridge in Albuquerque, NM
  • Muscle Testing and Flower Essence Therapy for the Midwife, taught by Terri Simmons, 8 hours, Albuquerque, NM
  • Completed Neonatal Resuscitation Training with Karen  Strange, Albuquerque, NM
  • “Introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) by Roy and Jodie Streit, Positive Human Dynamics, Rio Rancho, NM 
  • AquaNatal Instructor Certification Program with Marina Alzugaray, Panama City, FL
  • HypnoBirthing Instructor Series, instructor, Marie Mongan, Albuquerque, NM   Teaching this class series to date
  • Intern at Casa De Nacimiento, El Paso, TX.  Linda Arnold, owner and supervisor.
  • Professional Birth assistant Seminar in Phoenix, AZ. Instructor, Kathy Stone and Informed Homebirth (what started it all)

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Jenny at (505) 294-4359 or jwest959@gmail.com