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McKayla Vanderpool

Direct Entry Midwife (DEM)

I have been studying birth since I began my first pregnancy in 2015 and I have been serving in the birth world for the last six years; first as a doula then finally as a student midwife and home birth assistant.

My midwifery training has been through the apprenticeship model set forth by the North American Registry of Midwives. Over the past 3 years I have trained with four different preceptors with varying backgrounds, certifications, nursing degrees, and specialties but all equally amazing midwives and instructors. 

The reason I became so passionate about home birth is mostly from my own experiences and in the experiences of my former doula clients. My first was born in hospital with a local midwife group; after my experience I knew that I wanted more support and a gentler birth experience, so I opted to have my next baby at home with a midwife. It was the best experience I could have asked for. After that, I knew home birth was meant for me and I wanted to continue sharing home birth with Iowa families.

When I'm not working or on call; you can find me at home with my husband of 10 years and our four wonderful kids, enjoying quality family time, taking mini weekend family trips, home remodeling, researching and continuing my education, and learning more about herbs in pregnancy and women’s health.

Training & Education

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Continuing education will always play a big role for Community Midwives. I take minimum of 30 CEUs every three years in order to recertify and maintain my credential. Below you can read about all of my training in subjects related to Midwifery and alternative health.

Always Current

  • 2020 - Current   Neonatal Resuscitation Program

  • 2020 - Current   Adult & Infant CPR For Healthcare Professionals

Midwifery Credentials

  • 2019-2023 - Completed Midwifery Apprenticeship for the CPM Credential



  • 2020 Member of the Iowa Association of Midwives

  • 2022 Member of Christian Birthworkers of Central Iowa


Continuing Education

  • 2018 - 2019 CAPPA Labor Doula Training

  • 2019 Basking Babies Breastfeeding Conference

  • 2020 Midwifery Hygiene; Blessings in Birth

  • 2020 Skills in taking Maternal & Neonatal Vitals; Blessings in Birth

  • 2020 BLS Provider – Adult & Infant CPR, American Heart Association

  • 2020 Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), AAP®, AHA®

  • 2021 Karen Strange - Out of Hospital NRP Certification, AAP®, AHA®

  • 2022 Birth Emergency Skills Training®

  • 2022 Hemorrhage Prevention & Treatment; Free Spirit Midwifery

  • 2022 GynZone Perineal Suturing in Postpartum Repair

  • 2022 AIM Obstetric Hemorrhage Conference

  • 2023 Cultural Competency, Mercy In Action

  • 2023 Breech Without Borders – Breech & Twin Masters Course

  • 2023 Basics of Real Food Prenatal Nutrition – Women’s Health Nutrition Academy

  • 2023 Pharmacology for Midwives

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