Katie Sullenbrand, CNM
Katie completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Iowa in 2005, and her Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in 2010. Her clinical training took place in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with a primarily Amish population. She enjoys combining the intensive evidence-based education she received at Frontier with the traditional wisdom of homebirth. Other passions include waterbirth, cloth diapering, babywearing, nutrition, caring for families who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy, and breastpumping support for mothers who are returning to work outside the home. Both of her daughters (born in 2009 and 2011) were home waterbirths. She founded Eastern Iowa Midwifery in 2011 to provide homebirth options to her hometown of Cedar Rapids and its surrounding areas.
Dara Flecksing, Traditional Birth Attendant
Dara (rhymes with Sara) has been attending homebirths since she was in her teens. She has seven children, all born at home, and has also worked extensively among the Amish population in Kalona, Iowa. In 2000 she completed an internship with the Russian Birth Project, experiencing the midwifery model of care in a maternity hospital in St Petersburg, Russia. Dara has a strong background in traditional skills and is a wonderful source of information on a variety of topics, including facts about circumcision, herbal remedies, homeschooling, and homeopathy. Dara has been with Eastern Iowa Midwifery since shortly after its creation in 2011.
We work together as a team, attending as many prenatal and postpartum visits as possible together and always teaming up at births. While our backgrounds are different, we truly find that we are of like mind on pretty much everything, while still each retaining our unique strengths and bases of knowledge. We feel that this gives our clients an advantage, since two heads are better than one!