My name is Kennasha Jones, and I am a licensed midwife in the State of Texas, USA. While midwifery is my career, more than that, I consider it a ministry. I feel there is an unmatched beauty in midwifery, with distinct qualities that belong to “the midwife” that include compassion, empathy, tenderness, patience and unconditional love. Midwifery provides me the opportunity to serve women and their families during what is one of the most intimate and life-changing events in our lives. I believe the monumental miracle of a new birth can set the groundwork for lasting connections for the entire family, which is supported and encouraged when a midwife is welcomed into the birth place.
I recognize that during pregnancy a mother imparts her thoughts, feelings and love to the baby growing in her womb. She is the first to feel her child’s movements, thus creating a rhythmic connection for both the woman and the growing child. I consider pregnancy and birth to be one of the most important and influential times in a woman’s life. This period encompasses a time of self-discovery, enlightenment, and an opportunity to become more empowered as a woman, as a mother, and as a human being.
That being said, it is during this time that one may feel most vulnerable. I encourage women to seek out understanding and support during this life-changing event. As a midwife, I make it a priority to listen, acknowledge and nurture the feelings of our clients. I believe that if empowerment is encouraged during the birth, as well as adequate support and education provided during the pregnancy, we can inspire and assist in a healthy, satisfying birth experience.
On a personal note, I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 2008, I began studying midwifery at Matenidad La Luz (The Birth Place), which is a Midwifery Education and Accreditation (MEAC) accredited and noteworthy birthing center located in the heart of El Paso, Texas. This is a high volume birth center that experiences two or three births daily. While there, a majority of my clients were of the Latina/Hispanic race and primarily spoke Spanish. I am bilingual with a degree in Spanish, and I welcome Spanish-speaking clients. I graduated from the program in 2009 after satisfying all requirements set forth by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and I am a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) licensed in the State of Texas. During my career, I have attended many births, and consider each birth to be a unique and individual process.
I am married to a person I consider the world’s most magnificent man, God’s perfect gift created just for me. Together we have two beautiful daughters–one of whom was birthed at home-and a toy poodle we consider our son! We are strong and devoted members of our congregation, and worship God each and every day. In addition to the joys of my family and midwifery, I also love to travel, read, explore culinary options, go bicycling and take nature walks in my spare time!