Meet the Midwife

G_WithBabyGirl_SepiaGenevieve Schaefer is a home birth midwife practicing in central Texas. She finds great pleasure and honor in lovingly helping babies to be born into the arms of their parents in the privacy and comfort of their own homes. Her primary focus is assisting the women she serves in having an informed, supported and empowered childbearing year that includes shared decision-making, emotional support, fitness, nutritional counseling and community.

Genevieve’s Journey to Midwifery in Austin
A fourth-generation Texan and mother of four, Genevieve grew up with the influence of a large extended family in the Texas hill country. While raising her children homeschooling became an option for their family and she and her husband enjoyed watching their children explore and blossom. Genevieve is a graduate of the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training program where she completed both didactic and apprenticeship programs in preparation to become a Certified Professional Midwife. She has been a steadily working midwife, attending 2-4 births a month as a primary midwife and in collaboration with other midwives and students.

G_BabyBitingAn active member in the midwifery community, Genevieve is affiliated with the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NARM), and the Association of Texas Midwives (ATM). She attends continuing education seminars, trainings and peer reviews.

Genevieve lives with her husband, two middle sons and her daughter in Driftwood, Texas. Her oldest son lives in San Marcos where he is completing his culinary degree. She loves to knit while waiting for babies and can sometimes be heard playing the piano.

Genevieve’s philosophy of care honors the whole person. Read more →

Meet Rachel Renz Mattair, Apprentice

Midwifery care speaks to Rachel because of its holistic approach to the emotional and spiritual, in addition to the physical aspects, of pregnancy, birth, the postpartum, and beyond. Her favorite parts of midwifery care are the deep relational connections formed between the midwife and the client during prenatal care, and the physiology of pregnancy and birth.

Although always fascinated by pregnancy and the amazing capability of women’s bodies to conceive, nurture, grow, and birth their babies, it did not occur to Rachel to turn this passion into a profession until she became pregnant herself.

At the time, she was living in Hungary with her husband and finishing up a Master’s degree in history after having completed her undergraduate studies in literature and German and living, working, and studying in Central Europe for several years.

As she began to research options for her own pregnancy, she discovered midwifery care when she moved home to Texas and has never looked back. Six months after having her first son in 2012, she began her studies through the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program and is now finished with her coursework and in the primary stages of her apprenticeship with Genevieve. Since then, she and her husband  Michael have also had a second son in 2014, a daughter in 2017, and hope to be blessed with many more children in the years to come.