Brenda Surabian has over 20 years experience as a Certified Professional Midwife and has been working for her community as an Emergency Medical Technician since 1991.
Brenda was called to midwifery in 1982, when she gave birth to her first child. Her desire to increase service options for women was driven by the limited choices available for women in rural communities. In 1995, she started Sacopee Valley Birthing Services in Maine.
Brenda has served as a preceptor for students in the US, Jamaica and Senegal and has been an advocate for health promotion in communities at risk.
In 2015 Brenda travelled to Armenia to spend time assisting as a midwife in rural clinics outside of Yerevan in collaboration with the medical team from the Children of Armenia Fund.
Brenda has been inspired and motivated by the holistic and comprehensive approach of the midwifery programs she has assisted with and started the FRAME project in April of 2015.
Martha has been as a midwife for over 15 years. She has experience serving in both rural and urban communities; providing hospital-based homestyle midwifery care and well woman care. She is also fortunate to have worked as a midwife and women’s health care consultant as well as educator in Armenia, where she lived with her family for several years.
Martha is board certified as a nurse midwife by the American Midwifery Certification Board and she maintains her certification through continuing education. Martha has entered into the FRAME project in 2015 as an advisor and educator, utilizing her extensive experience to share best practices and provide insight into Armenian culture.
Martha and her partner Vincent have two lively daughters, both born gently into the hands of midwives. In addition, she is a dedicated practitioner of yoga, and she enjoys weaving, cooking, international travel, and hiking.
Fund for Rural Armenian Midwives Education
Our long term goals include traveling to rural villages served by COAF (Children of Armenia Fund) and providing continuing education to rural Armenian midwives and nurses. We hope to have the ability to provide scholarship for midwives in rural Armenia to stay with US host families for educational exchange of the Midwifery Model of Care. We are in development mode at this time.
Sarah Clinton, has worked in the non profit social services sector for over 8 years. She attended the University of New Hampshire where she majored in Women’s Studies and developed a passion for advocacy work.
Sarah joined the North Florida Health Corps in 2007 as an AmeriCorps member and served in Jacksonville, FL as a Care Coordinator for the Medical Home for Homeless Children’s project. Sarah also created and facilitated community health programs in the Jacksonville area geared towards increasing community member education and empowering individuals to be active, engaged participants and drivers in their health care. Sarah has multiple years experience in case management, program facilitation, research and community advocacy.
Sarah is currently overseeing an AmeriCorps program and members within the Boston Public Schools as well as obtaining her Master of Social Work at the Simmons School of Social Work in Boston.