ABBY VIDIKAN, LM, CPM
My interest in childbirth goes back as far as I can remember. I have a distinct memory of discovering my motherâs âBirth Atlasâ at the age of six and flipping through it as she explained the pictures to me. I grew up surrounded by women who told beautiful tales of powerful birth experiences, of riding the pressure waves of labor and coming out the other side a stronger woman. The way they spoke of birth, as an event to look forward to, an event so powerful it would forever change you, resonated with me, and I looked forward to the day I could one day experience it myself.
As a young adult, I pursued an education at the University of Southern California and I graduated with honors with a Bachelors of ArtsÂ in Political Science, andÂ started my careerÂ at a political non-profit in Washington DC. When I became pregnant with my son in 2011, I knew I wanted to work with a midwife and looked forward to experiencing an unmedicated birth in a hospital setting. My life was profoundly changed when my son was born in October 2011, and I knew then that my calling was to midwifery, to seeing other women on their journey to motherhood through the power of birth. But the hospital experience left much to be desired and it was throughÂ my hospital birth experience that I developed a profound love and appreciation for home birth.Â My path to midwifery began first as aÂ childbirth educator,Â then a lactation educator, andÂ finally a labor doula. When I felt my family was ready to handle the rigors of life on call, I began my midwifery education at the only accredited midwifery school in California, theÂ Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery.
As a student midwife I was privileged to apprentice with a number of midwives, and the only OB in Southern California to attend homebirths. Apprenticing with both midwives and an obstetrician has provided me with a unique breadth of knowledge from skilled professionals with over 50 yearsâ experience. I not only received didactic training in handling high risk births, but as a student I was afforded the unique opportunity to attend to many breech and twin births in an out of hospital setting. I have attended over 150 births and am certified in Basic Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation.
In January 2016, my education came full circle when I birthed my daughter at home under the supportive care of midwives. Her birth further solidified for me that midwifery is my calling, and the path I was destined to walk.
I graduated from Midwifery School in October 2016 and I received my licensure through the Medical Board of California shortly thereafter. I am still humbled by every birth I attend, and honored that I was chosen to share in those precious firstÂ moments. My goal as a midwife is to make every womanâs birth experience her own, and to guide her and inform her on ways to maintain a healthy body and mind throughout her pregnancy. I practice evidence based care, providing my clients with full informed consent and refusal. It is important to me that my clients feel they are in control of their care, that they feel respected in their decision making, and feel supported in their choices. Pregnancy is a sacred journey and I thank you forÂ allowing me to be a part of yours.