About Wisdom Within

 

Elizabeth Mendoza

Midwife, Educator, Doula

pronouns: she/her

I love pregnant bellies, baby coos, and helping people find their inner strength.

​I have been supporting pregnant and laboring people and their families for over 10 years. I also have a background in helping people reach their fullest, healthiest potential via health education programs and work with various non-profits. I originally founded Wisdom Within with the goal of making high-quality education and support more accessible to families in my community. In that same vein, I also founded and organize Tucson's annual Birth and Baby Fest, which runs every Fall.  

 

Through years as a doula and an educator, I struggled while watching excited and well-prepared parents have their birth wishes crushed by the routine policies of their birth setting or the opinions of individual healthcare providers. These families needed better options. They needed care that would truly respect their wishes. After enough of this, I decided that change was not going to magically descend on Tucson and I realized that I personally could make an impact on birthing care in my community. So I went to midwifery school.

I wrapped up my midwifery education in the Fall of 2020, and now have two degrees: one in Midwifery and one in Psychology with a combined emphasis in Sociology. I am credentialed as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through The North American Registry of Midwives and am a Licensed Midwife regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Since 2010, I have also been a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and trained as a birth doula through DONA International.


When not feeling bellies or attending births, I can often be found barefoot in my garden, snuggled in bed with a book, or being disgruntled by some sort of patriarchy somewhere. My two kiddos - born in 2012 and 2015 - help round out my days and keep me on my toes!

My Philosophy

​This midwifery practice was founded with the belief that when pregnant people trust in themselves and their body’s abilities, it helps create an empowered person and a powerful birthing experience. Within parents is the innate wisdom of how to birth and care for their child, but then with encouragement, education, and effective support, this strength can be magnified. Through our work together, I support people to have the confidence necessary to make the appropriate pregnancy and birth decisions that are right for them and their families.

Mission
Wisdom Within's mission is to empower families by providing comprehensive, compassionate, and safe midwifery services. Care is provided in a manner that is evidence-informed, trauma-informed, and recognizes each person’s exceptional journey and unique contributions that they bring to their care. Our work together aims to help create a path through pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood that is filled with both profound strength and a deep sense of achievement. 

Statement of Ethics
​Recognizing the unique and intimate role that a midwife encompasses within a community and within clients’ lives, it is crucial that midwives adhere to a statement of ethics as a guidepost in practice and as a communication tool to the public at large. As such, the ethical principles upon which this practice is built include:

  • ​Care will be provided free from any sort of discrimination; intolerance and bigotry of any sort from staff, students, associated professionals, clients, or their support people are not tolerated in this practice.

  • ​Every client has the right to make a variety of choices that are right for their body, self, and family without judgment or retribution of any sort.

  • ​The aim of midwifery care is for harm to be reduced as much as humanly possible, but this is done with the understanding that there is still inherent risk in the childbearing year. Harm reduction strategies will be applied to each client through a thorough discussion of risks and benefits in the process of education and shared decision-making and through staying within an appropriate scope of midwifery care.

  • T​his practice strives to promote the welfare and optimal physical, emotional, and holistic wellness of all clients, staff, and students involved.

Still curious about what midwifery looks like in Arizona or what a Certified Professional Midwife's scope of care is? Read more here.

 
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