Awakening Traditions, LLC
Full Spectrum Midwifery Care
"Birth is a ceremony, not a procedure"
Meet The Midwife
Lauríel Keys, MEAC Trained DEM Midwife
Lauríel is an experienced midwife, womb healer and intuitive guide who has been passionately providing culturally competent and inclusive care since attending college in 2014. She recognizes the need for change in the birth realm in order to ensure safe and equitable care growing families. With the aim of helping families grow and thrive in a safe, supportive, and inspiring environment, Lauríel combines evidence-based care with ancient ancestral & feminine wisdom to help lead the families that she serves.
Having been formally trained by MEAC accredited Birthwise Midwifery College, Lauríel has chosen to practice as a traditional community midwife, thus keeping her practices & wisdom rooted in natural & safe physiologic birth. Her exposure to hospitals, birth centers, and homes has enabled her to witness & manage the safe, ethical, and righteous practices of birthing outside of the hospital. Her practice focuses on informed consent and parent-led decision-making, with the goal of empowering communities through education, exposure, and tapping into their inner wisdom.
Lauríel is currently working as a primary midwife at Primal Roots Midwifery, teaming up with Sera Gadbois, CPM, and SciHonor Devotion, MCU midwifery student and organizer of Earth’s Natural Touch: Birth Care and Beyond.
In addition to being a dedicated community midwife, she is a certified yoga and meditation instructor. She offers monthly wellness gatherings and workshops for women in the community to take a break from their hectic schedules and prioritize self-care. When she isn't on call, Lauríel loves traveling, reading, hiking, savoring delicious food, and enjoying the outdoors. Most of all, she is a proud dog mom of 12 years to her fun-loving , sometimes personal assistant Yorkie named Pooka!
"Birth is a ceremony, not a procedure."
Becoming a parent is one of the most powerful and moving experiences a person can go through. At Awakening Traditions, we strive to provide families with evidence-based practices, tradition, as well as informed decision-making, to ensure a positive and empowered pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey. We are focused on meeting the individual needs of each family and providing them with the education and support they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their babies. We believe that birth is a natural, normal physiological process that should be left undisturbed, and that minimal intervention and trusting the body are the keys in experiencing a successful spontaneous birth. We deeply believe that little ones deserved to be welcomed into this world with love and respect in the way in which their parents see fit. We work to provide a safe, intentional, and empowering space for all families, but especially those from black and brown communities, so that our children and mothers can make it through the journey safely. We offer a range of services, from preconception care to postpartum care and lactation support, in order to provide families with highly individualized & culturally competent holistic care. Our goal is always to ensure a safe home birth, but we understand that there are times when a higher level of care is needed, and we prioritize a safe vaginal delivery over a homebirth, when necessary.
"We must remember that birth is not a medical procedure, but a sacred ceremony. It is a powerful event that has been taking place since the beginning of time, manifested through the strength and wisdom of women like myself. Unfortunately, in the U.S., we lack a deep connection and understanding of birth, often taking it for granted. With the introduction of European-led obstetrics and gynecological care, our numbers of successful birth outcomes have drastically declined, particularly in communities of color. This is why I am here—to undo the trauma, to remind my community of our power and innate physiological wisdom, and to ensure that the women of my community, and the babies they bring into the world, are treated with love, respect, and intention. Our statistics demand that we take charge and change the way we do things, and I believe that it is no longer safe to take the implicit bias of the modern hospital system at face value. Hope and faith should no longer be our only strategies. We must be educated and intentional if we are to ensure successful birth outcomes for all."
Lauriel Keys, Midwife
Midwife care with Lauríel was by far the best investment we made with our pregnancies, births, and postpartum.
Each prenatal visit was longer than most people get with their OBGYN for their entire pregnancy combined, plenty of spacious time for me to ask my long list of questions and always be met with Lauríel’s peaceful presence and helpful, knowledgeable answers that put me at ease.
During the births I felt free to do what was right for me and my babies, supported every step of the way by Lauríel’s encouragement, positivity, and clear communication.
Each postpartum home visit (what a blessing to not have to pack a baby in the car to take to the pediatrician for the first 6 weeks!) was truly a life raft where I would feel seen and held in the trenches and uplifted by Lauríel’s kind words and wisdom. I cannot stress enough how valuable this care with her is!
If you want to be heard, held, honored, and valued during this momentous transition in your life, Lauríel is the midwife for you!
— JoAnna V