To my sweet, amazing midwife:
I have been reflecting on all the ways you have supported & nurtured me, and want to say “Thank you,” these are just a few of the gifts you have given to me… kindness, love, presence, sisterhood, professionalism, expertise, open-mindedness, healing support, laughter & a festive atmosphere at the birthing center, advice, positive example, time away from your family!, sushi, patience, and you saved my little baby’s life.
Love & Light, Marla Dentino, new mom
I cannot say thank you enough for all you’ve done and for making my pregnancies such a wonderful experience. Every time I walked through your doors, I felt so welcomed and cared about. Thank you for all your support and helping me experience the births I’ve always wanted. I’m so glad to have met all of you and have you a part of my life through one of life’s greatest journeys!
Love, Charlene DuBeau, mom of 4
I want to thank you, Augustine Colebrook!
There are no words that could ever express how thankful myself and my husband are for all your care and love that you have shown us throughout our care at Trillium. There is not one thing I would change about my birth experience; it was perfect and beautiful in every way! I can’t wait to have more babies!
Kristin Hayes, Mom of two
Wow Augustine thank you! I know for a fact had I been in a hospital setting I would have ended up with a c- sec! The support of you and your amazing team and all the knowledge and wisdom you all carry is what gave me the strength to push through (for 6 hours) and have the natural birth I so desperately wanted, even with my persistent posterior baby! It was so reassuring to have the faith in you as my midwife and the support of all the other midwives and doulas! Out of this world care!! I can't wait to have number two with you:)
Kristina Payne, new mama
Beautiful, empowering, incredible...the only words that come close to our experience. I am forever grateful to have had a beautiful birth experience and to have gained so much knowledge and trust through the process.
Julia Cangilose, new mama
, You give people HOPE. I can't tell you how passionate I am now about women's rights to birth how they want and it all started with you and Trillium. If you need anything let me know! Now that I have been able to use your center and meet you and all the wonderful people that work there with you I just want to be around you! You are my Ina May after all!
Jessica Lamereu, VBAC mom
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”
This quote reminds me so much of you! Forging a path and inviting us all along for the journey. I really can't express in words the impact you have had on my path as a mother, woman, and now as a midwife.
Thank you for all that you are and everything that you’ve done for me. I'm so excited to be starting this journey as a midwife with you by my side.
Audrie Kingzett, wise women graduate ‘14
It took me two years to be able to say the words out loud (and thus own the feeling) “I want to be a midwife”, not knowing at all when I said it how I would make it happen, not knowing at all if I had any real skills that a midwife needs or if I was the type of person who could attain those skills. For the first time in my life, really, my thought pattern was not, “what am I good at? And that’s what I’ll do,” but rather, “what do I want to do? And that’s what I’ll get good at.” It was a huge mental shift for me and a very scary one, one that I think only a type 1 can really understand.
All of this is to say that finding you was nothing short of a miracle because you turned out to be the exact person, the exact type of midwife that I had no idea I needed. You demystified midwifery without discrediting it. You had no snobbery, but rather welcomed me with completely open arms. You took my little tiny seed of desire and hope to be a midwife, and nurtured it with so much love and opportunity and support that it couldn’t help but grow and grow. You gave me confidence when I had almost none in myself. You laughed and showed me the importance of not taking myself too seriously. You always gave me sincere affirmations. You understood when I didn’t have childcare and had to miss a meeting; indeed you even tried to get me to be understanding with myself.
You loved our clients, their families, and their babies. And you challenged many of my preconceived notions about the specifics of midwifery care, opening my eyes to the fact that there isn’t just one way to be a good midwife. I always felt I could be open and honest with you, that I could ask the questions about the art and practice of midwifery I needed to ask without worry if you would get offended. You would just meet me with an equal level of depth and sincerity and what a gift that is!
And while this is a heartfelt letter gushing love and praise, all very true and sincere, I want to say that I think the thing I value most in you is that you are not perfect and you do not pretend to be so. You are human and thank God that is so. For it is in seeing your humanity, with all its necessary uncertainty and fallibility and weakness, that I trust that I too will be a midwife.
I love you.
Here’s to cervixes and the stuff that comes out of them!
Eliza Serna, Junior Student ‘08
Augustine Colebrook through every battle we gain our strength. Because this world is so divisive and broken, people react the way they do. It is so important that we have people like you fighting for what's right, giving people who agree glimmers of hope, and those who don't awareness or a new perspective that they didn't have otherwise. I am truly thankful for your boldness and bravery. You my friend are a light in this dark place, when I see you I don't just see Augustine, I see a warrior. I am thankful that you step out in strength everyday giving a voice to those who fear. I am so honored to know you and stand beside you in this work.
Megan Pratt, Junior Student '15
Here's to you! I am so inspired by you! Thank you for illuminating womanhood, motherhood, birth, death, and everything in between. I am so honored to be your student.
Thank you for teaching me so much about life. And in a subtle way, you taught me how a woman lives without playing the victim role. Oh, and how to cook proper bacon! I learned from you that angry people just need more sex in their lives! I could go on, my list is endless.
So here;s to you! cheers!
I love, love, love you!
Randi Powell, Oregon
I can’t thank you enough for coming into my life. I know now there are no coincident and that it was totally meant to be this way. I will never forget your passion the first day we met and had lunch at Jesters on the feast of St Augustine day. That marked the first day of a total change in my life. You were the spark that ignited the burning desire I had to change my life to a much healthier one. Little did I know how much I could stretch and grow and learn and accomplish in such a short time because of your influence. You were never pushy or judgmental, but just passionate and self confident in the knowledge and experience you have and share.
Please take my absolute gratitude for being here for me over the last three years. Thank you for loving what you do and living what you believe in. Thank you for the wisdom and insight you’ve shared with me during some of my darkest moments. Thank you for never judging me. Thank you for giving me the knowledge I needed. Thank you for letting me call you incessantly with questions and concerns. I know I am a strong and powerful woman, but it is also the people we surround ourselves with that helps us to truly see the power we have within. You bring out the power in me. I will always hold you in a special place in my life.
Kimmy Jakubicki, New Jersey
, "She will never stand for a caged life even if it hurts like hell."
I read this today and thought of you - I so appreciate all that you have done for our family and community. You inspire me every day.
Eva Labonty, Nevada