My name is Carrie Hankins and I was born and raised in Colorado. (yes, for real!)
I have been married for 10+ years to my partnerd Ken. He is really supportive of the work I do, and over the years we have found a careful balance between this work, grad school and family life with our four amazing kids.
My passion for what I do comes from my heart. Becoming a mother and having rewarding birth experiences has literally changed my life. I was a doula for seven years and apprenticed as a direct-entry midwife for three years. Standing alongside women and helping them to find their birth power was not simply something I enjoyed; it is became own personal activism.
Eventually, my desire to improve the experiences of families in the childbearing year grew into something more; I wanted to help improve birth for all families, from all demographics.
I decided to seek a Masters Degree in Public Health with a concentration on Maternal & Child Health. I believe that important things like income level, race and ability should not determine what new and growing families have access to in terms of care & support, and it certainly shouldn’t make them at higher risk for poor outcomes. With my MPH I will be able to work more effectively – at a policy and research level – to improve birth for all.
Placenta Encapsulation is the one piece of the birth work I have taken with me on my journey. It is something I care very much about, and am grateful that I have been able to continue offering this unique service. First of all, I get to meet BRAND NEW HUMANS on a regular basis, AND honor their placenta! What an amazing thing to do! Encapsulation allows me to maintain contact with a birth community that I love, share resources with folks who need them during an amazing & vulnerable time, and to come in contact with new and growing families every day. You see, I am awed and inspired by the families I work with.
With each family that I serve, I see change happening in the world around me and with the next generation. I know that I am a part of something bigger than me!
It really is amazing and I am humbled to be a part of it…