Austin Midwife, Illysa Foster, M.Ed., CPM
Sisters Midwifery, Holistic Prenatal, Labor and Postpartum Care Services
Illysa Foster, M.Ed., CPM, is an Austin midwife who serves the central Texas area including Austin. Illysa provides holistic and comprehensive prenatal care, support during labor and birth (including water birth), and postpartum care. She is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for you and your baby.
Please explore her site for more about her philosophy and the services that she offers including childbirth education classes, fitness classes and nutritional counseling.
Introducing Genevieve Schaefer, CPM, LM
Genevieve Schaefer is a talented and compassionate midwife practicing in and around the Austin area, she has been working with Illysa Foster since March, 2013. Genevieve firmly believes that pregnancy and birth can, and should be, an uplifting and powerful experience for women and for their families. She understands that a quality midwife/client relationship is essential, not only to foster a positive pregnancy/birth experience but also to aid in identifying problems early and in formulating the appropriate actions for each client as an individual.
Genevieve had four positive and beautiful hospital experiences, with the births of her own children, before being called to midwifery. She was blessed with the opportunity to witness a friend’s midwife-attended home-birth and immediately fell in love with the practice. She knew immediately this was her “calling” but put her midwifery aspirations on hold while she focused on nurturing, raising and home-schooling her own children. She brings this same compassion and dedication into her midwifery practice and excels at helping her clients to feel nurtured and supported.
Genevieve is married to her high-school sweetheart and together they have raised three sons and a daughter in the Texas hill country. Family is central to her life and she brings those values into her midwifery practice, recognizing that pregnancy and birth are emotionally rich and profoundly important experiences for the entire family.
Genevieve is a graduate of ATM (Association of Texas Midwives) midwifery program and a three year apprenticeship with a midwife with 30+ years of experience. She continues her education through self study, conferences, CEU courses and active participation in Association of Texas Midwives (ATM), Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), National Association of Registered Midwives (NARM), and Central Texas Midwives (CTM), as well as quarterly peer review conferences.
Individualized Birthing Plans
Illysa works closely with each client to develop individualized birthing plans. She is experienced with waterbirth and home delivered births. A homebirth can offer a more familiar environment than a birthing center, with the same resources that a birth center can provide.
Community for You and Your Child
Community is an important part of welcoming a new child into this world. The Sisters Midwifery community includes experienced mothers and new mothers alike. Friendship and support is fostered by activities such as group walking, swimming and cooking classes.
Illysa provides breastfeeding education and nursing support in her childbirth classes prenatal and postnatal visits. Natural childbirth is something that every mother has the right to experience and midwives and doulas can support you in this beautiful experience. Please explore this website and give Illysa a call for an initial consultation visit.
Sisters Midwifery was started in 2007 by Illysa Foster with the purpose of providing women with a gentle, holistic, and caring option for childbirth. Illysa’s background in psychology, child development, and education provide a solid foundation for her partnerships with families to give them the kind of care they seek. Sisters Midwifery’s website is a great starting place for exploring the options of using a midwife, learning about prenatal care, homebirthing and postnatal care.
Home birth is a peaceful and empowering option for healthy women and their families. Schedule your initial consultation with Illysa today and find out how a home birth can be a joyous way to bring your little baby into this world.