First Light Midwives, Monroe, Maine
CHRIS YENTES has been practicing midwifery in the Mid-Coast area since 1993. Her interest in midwifery began in 1981 when she had the good fortune of attending the birth of her best friend’s daughter. Watching the role of the midwife and seeing the power of women during birth ignited a flame for being with women throughout their births which she has followed to this day.
After having three children Chris began pursuing her goal of becoming a midwife. She graduated from a Basic Midwifery Skills Course in 1993 and began an apprenticeship which lasted three years. The ensuing years have been full of many memorable births. In 2003 Chris became a Certified Professional Midwife and continues to keep her certification current as well as being a member of Midwives of Maine and Midwives of North America.
Chris comes from a long line of women who have attended women as they birth. Her grandma Bobby was the nurse on duty and took care of her the day she was born and her great-grandma Nonnie was a midwife who had a ‘home’ for birthing women in Indiana. It is on their shoulders that she stands.
When not busy with midwifery, Chris is busy with a large garden, spinning and knitting. In the fall of 2007 she became a granny midwife. Her grandchildren continue to delight her and fill her heart with joy.