Cilia Bannenberg has been practicing midwifery for 28 years, catching around 700 babies and counting. She holds certifications with the New Hampshire Midwifery Council & the North American Registry of Midwives. She was appointed by the governor of NH to serve on the State of New Hampshire Midwifery Council Board, where she served two terms. She also served the New Hampshire Midwives Association, 2 terms as the President, 2 terms as the Vice President, and 2 terms as Secretary.
The reason I became a midwife is because of the deBy Birth Stool. The story goes as follows, but first I need to give a bit of background information.
I was born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. One of 8 children born at home.
I fell in love with an American man when I was 27 years old and I had my first baby with him two years later in Amsterdam, at home with my best friend Conny deBy as my midwife.
Conny and I have known each other since age 12. After high school she went to midwifery school and she became a homebirth midwife. Conny is now retired after 40 plus years working as a home birth midwife in Amsterdam. She has delivered almost 10,000 babies during her career.
Six months after our daughter’s birth in the spring of 1982, my husband Ken, our daughter Swaan and I moved to Barrington NH, where we build many houses including our own.
Cilia Bannenberg – NHCM, CPM, Vice President of New Hampshire Midwives Association