Tavniah Betts, CPM, LM is a Minnesota and Wisconsin Licensed Midwife. Her interest in birth began in 1996 when she interned with a family practice physician through a program in her high school. It was during the year spent with him that she witnessed birth for the first time and the following year she began her university studies with the intent to pursue a career in medicine. She discovered midwifery and home birth through courses in cultural anthropology and upon graduation decided to pursue training in direct-entry midwifery. In 2005 she completed the Basic Midwifery Immersion Program at Maternidad La Luz in El Paso, Texas and continued her clinical training under the supervision of Certified Professional Midwives, Certified Nurse-Midwives and physicians in Texas and Wisconsin in home, birth center and medical clinic settings. In 2010 she earned her Certified Professional Midwife credential and her license to practice in Wisconsin. She has attended births in the United States, France, Mexico and Haiti and is currently pursuing her Master's in Public Health through the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in order to promote access to Licensed Midwives and the out-of-hospital midwifery model of care.
She and her artist husband Nick live in Duluth with their two children -- both of whom were born at home.