Testimonials

“Lea is absolutely wonderful to work with. I am very fortunate to have had her watching over my birth. She is warm and caring, you feel it with every word she speaks. She brought that warmth with her to the birth. She is very professional and knowledgeable but also so personal. I feel like I have a friendship on top of the care I was receiving. She provided the comforting care I was looking for.”

-Ashley Christiansen

“I swear the heavens came together and orchestrated our meeting Lea. She came to Utah just in time to be my midwife, and left shortly after she helped deliver Danielleour perfect baby. I have never been more comfortable or confident in someone I knew for such a short time, but I honestly feel we have made a lifelong connection and I will always look upon her with the highest degree of respect and admiration.

Lea always answered all my questions graciously, and went above and beyond at providing resources and information for me to be as informed as possible as I prepared for my birth. She respected my decisions, and helped with the ones I wasn’t 100% sure of. She is real and down to earth and so easy to get along with that you feel like you are spending time with a lifelong friend in stead of just a care provider.

While I was in labor, she came and went so softly that I barely noticed she was there, until I needed a suggestion, or check, which she performed quickly and respectfully, so as to allow my body to continue doing what it was meant to do. I am so grateful for Lea and her service to us. I could not have asked for a more perfect midwife. She is everything a midwife ought to be, and much much more. We love you Lea!”

-Danielle Whipple

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“I was lucky enough to have Lea Ritter be my Midwife for my first water-birth. She was everything a midwife should be: helpful, patient, kind, calm, knowledgable, and accommodating in every way! She was perfectly pleasant through the whole process. Whoever gets to birth with her in the future will have a wonderful experience, of that I’m sure! I’m pretty sure she has found her calling in life. I can’t say enough positive things about her!”

-Kathryn Christensen

“I have known Lea Ritter almost four years. I first met her when she was interning/apprenticing with the midwife with whom I was working to catch my third baby. From the very moment I met her, Lea’s strong, centered presence became a very important part of my midwifery care.  I can say with certainty that my time working with her was an integral, invaluable aspect of the wonderful midwifery care I received during and after my pregnancy, with my care being far more fulfilling and vibrant because she was so competently involved. I can’t imagine what my experience would have been like without her.At the time, Lea was knowledgeable and thorough without ever overstepping what I imagine is a delicate role of working with a midwife in the journey of her training.  Her easy-going yet totally capable demeanor lent itself perfectly to working with my situation, and I am confident she would be more that able to work compatibly with anyone and everyone, including any personality, ethnicity, or economic status. In honesty, I would have totally trusted Lea at the time to image1be my primary provider with as involved and as capable as she was during our entire time working together.  Knowing that she has since completed all of the necessary steps to become a CPM, (and having had the privilege of being connected to her very exciting and totally thorough journey, thanks to the wonder of social media), I must say that I think Marin and the Bay area in general are deeply fortunate to have Leah working for women and babies in the pregnancy and birthing world. And having interacted with and having enjoyed an affectionate, friendly relationship with Lea in an ongoing way since the birth of my third child, I can also say she is clearly a loved and respected community member, which also bodes well for her wonderful gifts as a a very capable midwife.With a strong love of midwifery myself and having done years of birth work as a pre-natal yoga teacher and birth doula in the Seattle area (before I moved her four years ago) when I had the opportunity to know and work with many midwives, (as well as working with quite a few midwives during my own three pregnancies), I can say with certainty that Lea is one of the very best.

She is so passionate about the work she does, and it comes through to imbue confidence and joy in her clients. Any woman who would be able to to know and work with Lea during with her pregnancy and birth of her baby would be indescribably fortunate indeed.  I cherish the memories of working with Lea, and I am grateful for how she touched my life and made me a better person due to our relationship, as well as most competently contributing to the incredible midwifery care I received. Truth be told, I deeply wish I could have a fourth baby, just so I could work with Lea again.”

-Andrea Hedstrom

“Having Lea as my midwife helped me to have the greatest pregnancy and birth experience. I was lucky enough to have her with me every step of the way–from the moment I found out I was pregnant, to the first time hearing heart tones, to finding out the gender, and then seeing my baby boy for the first time. Lea always took the time to be a friend and superior caregiver through answering myAubree questions and easing my worries. As a first time mom, I was so scared, but Lea was ready for every situation and made sure that me and my baby were always perfectly safe. She provided so much comfort and support during labor as well, and I couldn’t have done it without her. I love Lea, and I would love to have her as my midwife for every pregnancy! No one is a more competent, loving, and perfect midwife.”

-Aubree Lee Parker

 

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From an amazing woman and mother, Deepika Kinor Sheleff

 

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A beautiful thank you from Leah and Zak Ringelstein

 

“Lea,

You are Astounding.  You so surpassed our expectations.  We are madly grateful to have had you by our sides, keeping us safe, supporting us and just being your awesome self.  We have trusted you explicitly throughout this entire process.  We already miss you!!

With lots of love (this isn’t a goodbye)”

-Amanda and Jonathon

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“I feel so grateful to have had Lea as my midwife at the birth of our son. She was very knowledgeable and helped to inform my husband and I on our choices throughout the pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Lea always spent time really hearing us during prenatal appointments. I felt much was discussed during that time together and because of it we created a dynamic trusting relationship.

The birth of our son Canyon was especially quick and I was concerned that Lea would not make it. She was ready and anticipated that our birth would precede quickly. I felt better when I heard her voice come in through the door because I knew that her experience and knowledge was a catch net. I felt empowered and confident during my birth experience and not once did I feel unsupported by my birth attendants. Lea gave me the space I needed to be truly myself and birth the way I wanted. I knew she was there but I also felt the freedom that comes when one is not being watched. As my son started to come through the birth canal I reached for Lea and I expressed my concern that it was a big feeling. Her tone and confidence made me see there was nothing to fear, everything was perfect and we would see him soon.

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It was a magical moment when I finally got to sit on my own bed and hold my baby close to me. Having a homebirth gave me that freedom to have him be born in our personal environment. This meant so much to our family as we truly believe in the benefits of homebirth. This would not have been possible without Lea. Having Lea present at our birth to guide us through the transformation of becoming parents once again was very special. I feel lucky to have the support and care of a great midwife. Thank you Lea.”

-Savannah and Canyon

 

“Hiring Lea forimg_6876-2 the hospital birth of our second child was without a doubt one of the best decisions we have ever made.  With her support, I was able to work past a traumatic first birth and have the natural birth experience I had always envisioned with our second baby.  I absolutely could not have done it without her support and direction, both emotional and physical.  Additionally she was an amazing liaison between myself and the hospital staff, making sure the my wishes were respected and creating an environment in which I felt safe and loved.  I will be recommending Lea to anyone who is interested in having a doula or home birth!”

-Beverely and Leena