Susie Meeks CPM-TN – Primary Midwife
Since I was a little girl, I have loved babies and mothering. In 1982 while attending the birth of a dear friend as her doula I realized my calling as a midwife and desire to be involved in the support of women as they brought new life into this world. Giving birth is one of the most intimate and powerful life-changing events for a woman and her family. The privilege of coming alongside them throughout the journey of pregnancy and wonder of childbirth is truly my honor.
I’m originally a Michigan gal having grown up in northwest Detroit, but the rolling hills of Williamson County south of Nashville, west of Franklin, in Middle TN, have been my home since 1986. My husband Kenny and I have been blessed to raise five wonderful children over the course of our 40+ years of marriage. I am passionate about my faith, my family, my friends, and my ladies and their babies. I enjoy snow, sewing, swimming, dancing, and rooting for Notre Dame football!
I’ve had the amazing privilege and joy of serving women as a Midwife for over 20 years and as a Doula since 1982. I began attending births as a labor assistant before the term “Doula” was commonly used. That early season proved to be a foundation of essential knowledge and insight as I progressed into my midwife and doula/monitrice career.
After joining the Tennessee Midwives Association (TMA) in the early 1990’s I became inspired to pursue midwifery. I then enrolled in the Tennessee Birthplace School of Midwifery completing their intensive Midwifery Training/Education program in 1995. I worked as an apprentice/assistant with two busy home birth midwives in the greater Nashville area from 1994 to 1996. In 1995 I was officially registered with the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and I began my midwifery practice in 1996.
When certification became available in 1999 I became a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through NARM (North American Registry of Midwives). This CPM certification is the only nationally accredited midwifery credential requiring out-of-hospital home birth experience. When the State of Tennessee began CPM licensing I received state licensure as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM-TN) in 2002. I also maintain additional certifications in neonatal resuscitation and adult/infant CPR and participate in continuing education as my license requires.
I feel that knowledge, compassion, preparation, intuition, prayer, and a listening ear are key in providing you with appropriate support and clinical care throughout your childbearing season.
These many years of experience have given me valuable insight into the wonder of becoming a mother, and I continue to marvel at how each birth is as unique and special as the babies that are born. I have enjoyed numerous opportunities to deliver multiple children within the same family, along with the special privilege of serving as midwife for my own daughters.
For almost 40 years, it has been my joyful honor to nurture and assist hundreds of women with their births and their babies.
- Tennessee Midwives Association (TMA)
- Member (1992 – present)
- Tennessee Birthplace School of Midwifery
- Intensive Midwifery Training/Education Program (1994 – 1995)
- Apprentice/Assistant Midwife (1994 – 1996)
- North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)
- Registered Midwife #43258 (1995 – present)
- Certified Professional Midwife #000200004 (1999 – present)
- State of Tennessee License #CPM0000013
- Certified Professional Midwife of Tennessee, CPM-TN (2002 – present)
- American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth
- The Bradley Method – Certified Coach (1995)
- Peer Review through TMA and Continuing Education as required by NARM
- S.T.A.B.L.E. Program completion and certification (2013)
- B.E.S.T. Birth Emergency Skills Training for out-of-hospital providers (2015)
- American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) current with recertification every 2 years
- Basic Life Support (BLS) and CPR current with recertification every 2 years
About My Team
My team includes qualified assistants that rotate on-call schedules, one of which will attend your birth. We come alongside you ready to listen and offer gentle, empowering encouragement as you do the awesome work of birthing your baby. We endeavor to provide a fulfilling and safe arrival for the newest member of your family.
Jennifer Dukes, BSN, CHC, RN – Assistant
Jen was blessed to attend the birth of her brother in her early teens, and knew even then her calling was to be a part of the miracle of helping to bring new life into the world. She earned her Bachelor’s degree of Science in Nursing from Union University in 1998. She then went on to work in labor and delivery, several other areas of maternal and child health, and internal medicine before taking time off to give birth herself.
She and her husband began the childbearing journey in 2001 with an amazing midwife at their side and they have been blessed with 7 children. Through her experiences as an RN, and over the course of her own pregnancies, Jen has gained an awed awareness of the gift of pregnancy and natural birth. She deeply enjoys encouraging moms before, during, and after their pregnancies to work with and nurture their bodies through this miraculous process. A learner at heart, Jen also recently became a Certified Family and Pregnancy Health Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. One of her passions lies in finding ways to provide whole-food nutrition to her husband and growing children and helping other families do the same.
She and her family moved to Franklin in 2015 when her husband accepted a ministry position with Brentwood Baptist Church. Jen enjoys coffee dates with her husband, learning rich life lessons alongside their kids while reading great books, and opening her home to friends new and old. Jen is so very grateful to have the opportunity to assist Susie and learn the art of midwifery from her with the goal of giving compassionate and nurturing care to each individual mother and baby in the blessing of home birth.
Chelsea Hutton – Assistant
Although she did not know it at the time, childbirth became deeply engrained in Chelsea’s life at the age of six, with the births of her younger siblings. Following her school years, Chelsea received her phlebotomy certification in 2008, and worked as a laboratory phlebotomist for 6 years.
When Chelsea began her own childbearing journey in 2009, she quickly found through research that natural birth, with water and the right people and tools, were what she was passionate about. Delivering her first child naturally in a hospital on an Army base, she had such a great experience and wanted that for every woman. She went on to deliver twice more, both born at home.
Chelsea has been working as a midwife apprentice since 2011, and has completed most of her NARM requirements to acquire her own Certification as a Midwife. She has also received training as a Hypnobabies Hypno-Doula. In addition to helping women accomplish their desired birth, she has a deep passion for postpartum and lactation support.
Smyrna has been home for the better part of twenty years where Chelsea, her husband and their four kids live in their little house they enjoy fixing up. They also like to play sports in the yard or at the fields, going on bike rides, backpacking, camping, creating new whole-food meals, the occasional beach vacations, and weekly movie nights.
A special thanks to Janelle Poole Photography, Sarah-Marie Smith Photography, Tara Tioaquen Photography, Danielle Smith, Amber Keeler (KeelerCreations.com), and Lydia Wheeler for some of the great photos on this site.