About Tracy Cuneo, CPM, BSM
I have had the joy of giving birth to twelve children! I have been happily married to my best friend, Mark, for 30+ years. I began my childbirth education 30 years ago with extensive Lamaze classes. I have had twelve very different birth experiences and have learned something new from each one. My first ten babies were born in the hospital and the last two at home into the hands of midwives .
I first became interested in doula work 17 years ago when I had a doula at my seventh baby's birth. The experience was so incredible that I felt the need to let women know just how powerful birth can be with the right support. As a Christian, I also know how often the spiritual aspect of childbirth is overlooked . I encourage women to look to God and ask Him for help in the birth process.
As a doula, I became certified through Doulas of North America International (DONA) and held certification for six years. I also worked as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator for 5 years teaching local group and private classes to over 400 families. I often did lactation counseling and support as part of this work.
During my doula work I began to feel a strong call to midwifery. After attending over a hundred births in the hospital as a doula, I knew homebirth was the style of midwifery that I was most passionate about. I began a local independent midwifery study program in late 2010. In 2012 I changed programs and enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Midwifery program at Midwives College of Utah, a nationally accredited school. Here I was challenged not only in the rigorous study of academic knowledge about birth but I also attended clinical skills weeks with experienced midwives teaching the art of midwifery. My training at Midwives College of Utah was concurrently with a midwifery apprenticeship with two local certified nurse midwives who attended homebirths. Working with them daily for two years, I met all the requirements for the North American Registry of Midwives, and passed both the NARM Certified Professional Midwife exam and all clinical requirements for Midwives College of Utah in December of 2015. Upon graduation from Midwives College of Utah in May of 2016, I added the title Certified Professional Midwife.
My midwifery training has included two out of country internships; one for over three weeks at a birth center in the Philippines and the other in a public hospital in the Dominican Republic. Both of these experiences allowed me to add another 50 births to the required Certified Professional Midwife requirement of 55 births. I currently also have about 270 doula assisted births, and occasionally attend births still as a doula. I am one of the very few CPMs in the Atlanta area that has a four year degree, a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery, as well as a Certified Professional Midwife certificate.
I am an enthusiastic supporter of water birth, having water birthed two of my own babies and having caught many waterbirth babies at homebirths!
I am certified in CPR (BLS), Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP), and Birth Emergency Skills Training. I also hold an Advanced Certificate in Fetal Heart Surveillance from the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN 2020)