River & Mountain Midwives was established by Susanrachel Condon and Susan Rannestad in 2004 and serves families across the cultural and socioeconomic spectrum in four counties of the Mid-Hudson Valley. We have offices in New Paltz and Poughkeepsie and provide home care as needed.
With more than 45 years of combined experience in attending home, birth center and hospital births we bring the best of ancient wisdom and modern science to your door.
River & Mountain Midwives’ team includes licensed midwives, birth assistants, labor & delivery nurses, educators, students, lactation consultants and doulas. We offer comprehensive maternity and neonatal services and have well-established collaborative relationships with obstetric, neonatal and pediatric medical providers.
Susanrachel Condon CCCE LMT LM CLC
“I view pregnancy and the birth of a family as an extraordinary, sacred and private experience. As a midwife, I seek to honor the individuality of all women and families and their unique needs and desires for this transformative time in their lives. Giving birth to my three children with dignity and respectful care inspired me to offer the same to others.”
Susanrachel, a.k.a. Birdie, graduated from the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn Midwifery Program in 1998. She is a licensed in New York as a Midwife and Ob-Gyn Nurse Practitioner. She is also certified to teach childbirth preparation, newborn care and breastfeeding classes by the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York. She served two terms as President of the CEAMNY Board of Directors and is the Hudson Valley Regional Representative on the Board of Directors of the NYS Association of Licensed Midwives. Susanrachel holds a BFA in Art Therapy, an MA in Women’s Studies/History of Ideas and has studied birth counseling with Gayle Peterson and counseling for pregnant survivors of sexual abuse with Penny Simkin. She is the mother of Hannah, Daniel and Malcolm.
Susan Rannestad LM, IBCLC
“When I was a child and people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would look up at my Mom, a little shy, and she would say “a teacher or a nurse“ then I would speak up and say “and a MOMMY.“ Now, as a Midwife I get to realize both my Mother’s and my own dreams. Helping people learn more about their own healthcare and watching them make choices that are right for their families has been a gift to my own life. Being a Midwife means I get to watch women be good mothers. That is what I want for myself as well, to be a good Mother.”
Susan is the mother of three grown children. After the hospital birth of her son Paul, Susan began her studies in maternity care in Germany and continued them later in the US. She worked as a Childbirth Educator, La Leche League Leader and ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) Board Member. Susan finished her apprenticeship in midwifery after the home births of her daughters Erica and Michaela and became a Certified Professional Midwife through NARM, The North American Registry of Midwives. She received her Bachelor of Science in Midwifery from the National College of Midwifery and has served on their faculty. Susan is a New York State licensed Certified Midwife and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is Vice President of the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives, an affiliate of American College of Nurse Midwives.
River & Mountain employs doulas, midwifery assistants and students who work with us both in our offices, at births and postpartum. Most are registered nurses or seasoned doulas with extensive experience in maternity care. Others are graduate students in midwifery who we have the honor of precepting.