Midwife Kaitlin Gauna
I am the youngest of six kids and my mother's fourth homebirth. I came so quickly that my father caught me, my sister named me, and I was weighed on a fruit scale at our local Winn-Dixie. I guess that is where my love for birth, and adventure, were, well, born. I attended a birth for the first time at the age of ten, and I loved everything about it. I was instantly jealous of the midwife's "job" and knew I just had to "catch" a baby one day.
Over the years I worked as a lifeguard for the YMCA, and later became a infant survival swim instructor with them as well. One of my greatest accomplishments however, was attending a school overseas where I trained to become a midwife in developing countries. Through the school I spent two years traveling, and one year practicing as a midwife. During that time, I was given responsibilities beyond what a midwife in the US would normally be given, and was often left in charge of taking the necessary actions to save lives, even with very little resources. This is where my passion for creating a safe birthing environment started.
Once back in the US, I spent the next 5 years completing the requirements to become a licensed midwife in the state of Florida. During my training I spent 3 years as an intern at one of Central Florida's busiest birth centers. I loved my training and all of the families that entrusted me with their care, but ultimately I wanted to slow things down in order to be more present with families, and care for my own. This is why I started Moments Midwifery.
My rock and support through this journey is my amazing husband. Married for over eight years, we have experienced the loss of two babies through miscarriage, but now celebrate having two healthy daughters, both delivered safely at home under the care of midwives.