Deborah Schneider, CDM, MICP
Debbie is the primary midwife of Windsong Midwifery and has been practicing as a CDM (certified direct-entry midwife) in Alaska since 2001. She was born and raised in Alaska, growing up in Anchorage and Chugiak. In 1985, she became a MICP paramedic and taught emergency medicine across the state. She worked for the Anchorage Fire Department as a frontline paramedic and an instructor for CPR, ACLE, PHTL, and PEEP (Neonatal Resuscitation for Paramedics) for 20 years. She became a CDM in 2001 and opened Windsong Midwifery in 2004. In her love for teaching, she created CDM-based educational courses on IV therapy, shock, and Group B Strep, which were all adopted by the CDM Board of the State of Alaska as a requirement for all CDMs practicing in the state. In 2016, she joined the team of Geneva Woods Midwifery, assisting with lab work and results, phone triage, chart review, care coordination, and assisting CNMs at births in Anchorage. In her free time, Debbie enjoys reading, watching theatrical performances, spending time with family, baking cheesecakes, and traveling.
Peggy Halsey, CDM, CPM
Peggy is an associate midwife of Debbie’s and owns Labor of Love Midwifery in Wasilla. She began training to become a midwife in 2002. Prior to her training she worked in the birth field as a DONA Trainer, DONA Doula, Birth Educator, HypnoBirth Instructor, and Infant Massage Teacher. Peggy is a strong advocate for believing women have the natural ability to birth their babies and has a passion for assisting mothers in their journey of pregnancy. In her free time, Peggy enjoys studying, gardening, cooking, exercising, and spending time with her family.
Barbara Norton, CNM, WHCNP, MSN, CNS
Barb is an associate CNM (certified nurse midwife) of Debbie’s and owns Geneva Woods Midwifery in Anchorage. She has been a nurse since 1978, a nurse practitioner since 1985, and became a midwife in 1994. Before becoming a midwife, she worked as a women’s health nurse practitioner for nine years. She has worked in a variety of settings refining her skills in contraceptive management, menopausal counseling, and irregular menstrual bleeding. Barb has worked with the University of Alaska teaching nurse practitioner students. She has served on many boards around the community, including the Board of Certified Direct Entry Midwives and the Alaska Women’s Gold Nugget Triathlon, and currently serves on the American Association of Birth Center board as Secretary. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, trail running, triathlon, reading, cooking, and spending time with her kids and their families.