Meet Your Birth Professional – Sarita Bennett, DO, CPM

By Kelly on April 28, 2014 in Meet Your Birth Professional with No Comments

Sarita Bennett, DO, CPM:
Sarita Bennett
Sarita has listened to women’s stories all her life – stories about love and birth and healing and death.  She grew up in a rural mountain culture that valued self-reliance and in which home birth was the norm.    The birth of her first child in 1978 brought an awareness of a calling to midwifery which she pursued through self-study and attending birthing women in their homes. The births of her own four children taught her to listen to the power of her body and what it means to give birth in ecstasy. In the early 1980’s, she joined with other young midwives in her home state of WV to support one another and find sisterhood as they developed standards of care, risk factor guidelines and a well-honed peer review process.  In 1994, Sarita found herself answering another calling and began her Osteopathic education at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.  After graduating with honors, she completed a family medicine residency with a strong maternity care program and “old-time” family practice approach to birth. In 2001, she returned to her rural home town, providing home birth and general family practice until 2013, when she relocated to Charlottesville, VA, to begin a new business “Waterflow Midwifery and Integrative Medicine” (for more info see: 
The AcademyAlong with her passion for midwifery, she discovered her gift for mentoring and is actively involved in educating future midwives through The Academy of Experiential Midwifery Education ( also located in Charlottesville, VA.
Sarita served as secretary for the MANA Board of Directors from October 2011 until being elected as vice president in 2014. From this perspective, she sees the interconnectedness of midwives and the need to work cooperatively if we are going to ensure that women and their families – not big business – are the ones who profit from our birth experiences.

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