Holly Arends Murphy--Penobscot
Holly earned a Bachelors of Arts from Saint Mary’s College in 1999 with a double major in Religious Studies and Philosophy. In 2005 she graduated from Birthwise Midwifery School and passed the NARM (North American Registry of Midwives) exam to become a Certified Professional Midwife. That same year, she opened Birch Moon Midwifery, LLC.
After graduating from Birthwise Midwifery School, Holly joined the school’s faculty and delights in educating a new generation of midwives. She is an active member of several professional organizations: the Maine Association of Certified Professional Midwives (MACPM), the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM), and the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA). She is pleased to be an advocate for women, babies, and reformation of the maternity care system by supporting local and national efforts.
Since attending her first birth in 2002, Holly has been witness to over 250 births. She has gained a broad range of experience working with dozens of midwives and welcoming babies in homes and birth centers in the US, Canada, and the Philippines.
Holly enjoys life on the coast of Maine with her husband Matt and their sons Linus (3) and Odin (1), sailing, cooking, knitting, and brewing. When her hands are not holding a baby (hers or another’s), they are often full of wool, food, dirt, wood, clay, or a project of some other sort.