2013-2014 NACPM Board Members
Ellie Daniels Jamie A. Eidsath Illysa Rene Foster Kaye Kanne
Tanya Khemet Audrey Levine Autumn Vergo
Autumn Vergo NHCM, CPM, RN
My name is Autumn Vergo, and I am a New Hampshire Certified Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife. I am the co-owner of The Birth Cottage of Milford, PLLC, a freestanding birth center in Southern New Hampshire. I’m proud to be an apprentice-trained midwife, certified through NARM's Portfolio Evaluation Process. I have been practicing since 2009. I am also adjunct faculty at Birthwise Midwifery School, a MEAC-accredited program in Bridgton, Maine. In addition to my work at the birth center, for the past two years I've served as a member of our region’s multi-hospital quality improvement organization’s Homebirth Taskforce. As a member of the Homebirth Taskforce, I work alongside pediatricians, obstetrician/gynecologists, midwives and nurses on several projects intended to improve communication between hospital-based providers and community midwives. I'm also an elected member of our regional Confidential Review and Improvement Board, which provides confidential case review to member hospitals and midwifery organizations.
In 2012 I became a Registered Nurse, and am currently enrolled in a nurse midwifery master’s program. As an RN, I work as a public health home visitor for at-risk mothers and babies, and have participated in several international medical brigades as a triage and women’s health nurse. Prior to becoming a midwife, I worked for 10 years as a writer and journalist. I live in rural New Hampshire with my husband and two children; we are part of a co-housing community that occupies 90 acres of hills and forest and is governed by consensus. I became interested in midwifery after my own son’s homebirth, and through a chance,shortly thereafter, to testify before the NH House of Representatives as a consumer interested in protecting access to midwifery care. I’ve remained politically active since then, and have worked on several legislative issues related to women’s health including mandated insurance coverage for the services of NH midwives.
I believe CPMs should have a strong voice not only in our “safety zones” of home and birth center birth, but also in multidisciplinary discussions about healthcare policy, public health intervention, and best clinical practice. We must make ourselves a part of these discussions so that they do not pass us by. I believe that CPMs have a unique perspective on patient choice and family-centered care, and that this perspective should be shared with our colleagues in healthcare and policy development. I want to ensure that community midwifery remains a rich and sustainable career path for young people and for experienced midwives. To me, serving on the Board of the NACPM represents an incredible opportunity to promote the visibility, expertise, and sustainability of our profession. I thank you for your consideration, and I especially thank you for your work as midwives.