Welcome! I’m Susan Smartt Cook, midwife and lactation consultant with a passion for helping people prepare for the birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum experiences of their dreams while also holding space for the unknown.
I offer online childbirth preparation classes and private birth, lactation, and postpartum sessions that walk you through the entire childbearing year. I’ve had the great honor of supporting hundreds of families through birth and beyond, and I would welcome the opportunity to support you.
Contact me here for more information!
Having been in birth work as a doula, midwife, and lactation consultant for a combined 15+ years, when my personal journey took me through the full spectrum of birth experiences from a planned home birth to a calm hospital transfer to an unexpected but much-needed family centered cesarean, a new passion was ignited in me for preparing families all across the board. Personal preparation paves the way for the birth of our dreams AND gives us solid ground to stand on if we face the unexpected. What could have been my moment of greatest defeat was a moment of clarity, confidence, and joy because I was standing on solid ground, and my husband was right there beside me. We had our support team, we knew comfort measures for natural labor and bright hospital lights. We knew what questions to ask, and when we forgot what was what, our team reminded us. We walked away with an overwhelming sense of gratitude despite a birth that, on paper, was completely unexpected. We walked away with a healthy baby boy named Moses.
I would love to support and empower you with strategies to prepare for the birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum experiences of your dreams while ALSO holding space for the unknown, because we know that life brings the unexpected, and I know that you have within you all that you need to birth, nourish, and care for your baby.
Sign up here for more information about my online childbirth education course or for a free virtual consultation to see if I’m the right fit for you!
Credentials and Certifications
- North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certificate # 10030043
- Associates in Midwifery, National College of Midwifery, Taos, NM
- Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (CPR)
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
- Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) certified, 2009
- Reiki Practitioner
- Graduate of the Living School for Action and Contemplation
- International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
“I cannot imagine my labor without Susan there! She was incredibly calming, encouraging, communicative, and knowledgeable. Susan was indispensable throughout my labor!
“Susan was an invaluable asset at the birth of our first son … Her knowledge, expertise, and physical support were a true blessing to us. I highly recommend Susan to any parents-to-be.”
“Susan provided invaluable support and encouragement during my pregnancy … She is assertive and steadfast, but is never pushy with the mother and father, and has an easygoing personality. She is kind and gentle, and a servant and partner in the labor process. She is appropriately funny, and has the emotional awareness to realize what it is that will make the mother and father feel most comfortable at different times. She is simply a wonderful, trustworthy person, and I think that’s the kind of person you want with you when you’re doing the monumental work of birthing a baby. I would recommend Susan without reservation”
“Susan provided wonderful guidance, care, and encouragement throughout my pregnancy, labor and birth … she is genuinely invested in the quality of your birth experience and treats you with compassion and respect, truly taking your individual desires to heart.”
“Susan was the doula at the birth of my daughter. She has a wealth of knowledge and a wonderful personality, effervescent but down-to-earth, and we felt grateful to have her presence at an intimate time in our lives. She was of great help and comfort before and after labor as well as during it. When she walked into the room during my active labor, she acted confidently but with sensitivity to my changing needs and desires. I was able to have the natural birth I had planned for, and it was more comfortable and celebratory thanks to her presence. I can’t recommend her highly enough.”
“Susan was unbelievably helpful before and during my labor. She helped calm my fears in the weeks leading up to the birth, soothed me during the pain of childbirth (which lasted 31 hours!), and followed up afterward, when I was struggling with breastfeeding … I truly feel like I couldn’t have done it all without her support!”