Amy Kirbow, CPM Amy is a Certified Professional Midwife working on the Big Island of Hawaii. Married to Derek for 21 years, she is the mother of three incredible sons, Joshua (19), Seth (15) and Elijah (11). She began her journey in midwifery following the birth of her first son 19 years ago, and became a full time midwifery student in 2008. Amy began Kona Birth and Midwifery Services as an independent practice on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2012 to serve the women in her community and provide more options for care during pregnancy and birth. Since moving to Hawaii Amy has also begun a midwifery school aimed at training midwives in out-of-hospital settings for the rural and developing world, and believes education is the key to changing birth outcomes both in the US and in developing nations. Amy works as a doula, childbirth educator and herbalist as well as midwife. She passionately believes birth is designed to work without intervention and that home is the best place to bring life into the world.
Andraya Somerville, RN, CPM
In 2015 Andraya moved to the Big Island of Hawaii. Andraya is a Certified Professional Midwife, Childbirth Educator, Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse, and a woman knowledgeable in the use of herbs and homeopathy for health and healing. Since childhood, Andraya knew God’s calling for her was to become a servant of humanity. As a little girl she played the role of “baby catcher” and teacher. At the age of nine, during a time of requiring healthcare herself, she decided to become a nurse after experiencing tender compassionate loving care from the nurses that served her family. Ten years later, at the age of nineteen, she discovered Midwifery. In this “ah-hah” moment, Andraya saw what she was being prepared for. In 2010 she completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Humboldt State University in Northern California, which offered a holistic nursing program. After practicing as a RN for two years and receiving various signs and signals, she was guided to begin her Midwifery education. In 2012, she began her Midwifery apprenticeship in Southern Oregon at a busy birth center. In 2015 Andraya officially became a Certified Professional Midwife. The foundation of her practice is a whole-person, whole-family approach to guiding women and their families through one of the most transformative experiences in their lives, naturally.
Meet the Assistants
You will have a chance to meet each assistant prior to your birth and will come to know them well throughout your pregnancy. All assistants, who will be on call during your delivery month, will attend prenatal appointments at various times during your pregnancy.
Carly Blalock-Student Midwife
Makenna Smith-Student Midwife
As midwives, we choose to work as a team and never work alone. We believe, should an emergency arise, a team is ideal for stabilizing the situation.