Welcome! Heart of the Matter Midwifery is a North Idaho based home birth practice specializing in natural childbirth for healthy moms and babies. Emily Baker, LM, CPM is licensed through the State of Idaho and certified by the National Association of Registered Midwives (NARM) and serves the towns of Sandpoint, ID and Coeur d' Alene, ID and their outlying areas. For healthy women, giving birth outside of the hospital with a skilled attendant has proven itself to lead to fewer interventions and to be as safe as low risk hospital births (click here to see the study ). In a woman's own home she is surrounded by the environment in which she is most comfortable and this comfort is an integral part of relaxing into and allowing the birth process to occur naturally and without instance. It is also proven that women birth best surrounded by supportive and loving people and that a woman who feels safe and supported in her environment will succeed in birthing vaginally more often than those who experience intervention and pain medicines. Culturally we have forgotten that birth is a wonderful and empowering experience and this empowerment comes from, not in spite of, the hard work it takes to bring our babies into this world. But if there is one thing that has been proven over time, it is that women are made to do just that - birth their babies. It is my job as a midwife to assist healthy and well prepared women to do this in a dignified and emotionally, physically, and spiritually supported way.