Rebecca Leeman, CNM

/Rebecca Leeman, CNM
Rebecca Leeman, CNM

About Rebecca Leeman, CNM

Beginning her studies in cultural anthropology and health, Rebecca came to nursing and then midwifery with the goal of incorporating service to underserved areas both within and beyond the border. After midwifery school, she lived and worked in the Zuni-Navajo area for six years. Rebecca came to WSNM in 1999. With her husband she has three boys, Chai, Ari, and Eden. When at play, Rebecca might be found walking the North Valley trails, traveling farther to meet the ocean, or playing a variety of folk instruments. Her work as an instructor in teaching emergency skills in childbirth have taken her to Mexico, Latin America, and India.

Infant Massage – The Amazing Benefits of Giving and Receiving

You may have heard about the common benefits of infant massage. It helps babies with gas and colic and it helps calm them down from crying and to sleep. But before we talk about specific benefits of infant massage, there is one guiding benefit which is the foundation for everything else. Infant touch and massage helps a baby’s brain to grow. Babies are born still needing to make finishing work of their brains. At birth, they have only 25% of their ultimate finished size of their brains. Babies operate out of their primitive brain and need the help of their caregivers to regulate their emotions. As humans grow, we develop our rational thinking brain and this helps us solve problems and cope with stress. How a little human learns and develops connections in their nervous system towards this goal is through their caregivers’ responsiveness to them, through emotions. It is not always easy to be the adult in the room when our baby is crying. We have our own stresses in life. However, if we can remember that we are the one with a more developed brain, we can help our little ones. There are many nonverbal ways we communicate with our babies like cooing, picking up and moving with, and giving general loving attention. Touch, though, is a powerful communicator. It is the first sense we develop and the last sense we lose in life. Intentional and loving touch in the form of massage brings us in tune with [...]

2019-09-20T12:46:37-07:00January 23rd, 2019|Education, Motherhood|

Q&A with Rebecca Leeman, CNM and Stephanie Philippides, MD

These two lovely ladies are Rebecca Leeman, CNM, and Stephanie Philippides, MD. They are located at our Jefferson office and attend births at Lovelace Women's Hospital and I recently asked for their thoughts about how WSNM approaches pregnancy and birth. Rebecca: Pregnancy is a time of big change for women and families. Getting to see the same person on the health care team throughout the pregnancy can help moms feel a little more grounded throughout the changes that are happening. A trust develops. Stories are shared. A woman can start to feel a little more known to her provider and pregnancy care goes beyond just what it takes to measure and listen to baby. Personalized pregnancy care happens when your care provider acknowledges and is curious about the setting into which this new baby is coming. It takes time to build relationships. Dr. Philippides: Personal pregnancy care means individualized care. No two people experience pregnancy in the same way. We all have our own experiences, unique medical history, fears and worries, and our own hopes and dreams. To treat each person as an individual means that I want to make a connection to that person and really understand their needs. Rebecca: Women's Specialists practice allows me to give personalized pregnancy care and build relationships. I also have the confidence that when the women I see go into labor, there will be midwives and doctors who I trust there, who will carry that same respect for these women. [...]

2019-09-20T12:46:28-07:00February 5th, 2016|Education|

Ask the Midwife – The Natural Hormones of Labor

Q: I have been wondering about what starts a woman’s labor, and why is it so different from one woman to another? There are several things responsible for starting labor. For one thing, there is the baby’s readiness to be born. The baby communicates this to the mother’s system […]

2019-09-20T12:46:47-07:00May 15th, 2015|Midwives|