A Grassroots Taos, NM Midwifery
Creating a nurturing space for a peaceful and empowered birth
Taos Mountain Birth Sanctuary is a Private Membership Association (PMA) located in Taos, NM.
TMB offers Midwifery care with a holistic approach incorporating herbal medicine, ancient wisdom and current research for a full spectrum experience.
Founder Rachel Varela
As a Traditional Midwife, Rachel‘s focus is in physiological birth which incorporates herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, holding a ceremonial space for birth, prenatal and postpartum care and honoring the 40 day laying-in period.
She fosters a safe and supportive birthing environment and encourages deep listening to one’s own body; a dance between effort, surrender and learning to soften.
Rachel began her birth work at the age of 17 as a birth and postpartum doula. Her midwifery education is eclectic and spans many different styles of traditional birth work. She has studied with many different midwives as well as completed the New Mexico State requirements for licensed Midwifery. She founded her PMA and opened the Taos Mountain Birth Sanctuary in 2018 and continues to be a life long student of Midwifery.
Rachel studied Holistic Health and the Healing Arts with a concentration in Integrative Massage Therapy and yoga teacher training at the University of New Mexico. Her knowledge of traditional herbal medicine is extensive and rooted in well woman care.
She teaches childbirth education, focusing on breathing techniques, partner support, birthing positions and harnessing the power of voice through vocal toning.
Rachel has been a practitioner of yoga for over 20 years. Under the training of expert instructors, she has studied various yoga styles, including kundalini, vinyasa, hatha and ashtanga yoga. As a trained dancer, Rachel has strong foundations in movement and the mind-body connection.
As a mother of two, Rachel brings a personal perspective to pregnancy and birth as well as knowledge of family dynamics and integration into the parenting world.
At the Taos Mountain Birth Sanctuary, we collaborate with other Midwives in New Mexico and around the globe to bring you and your family a well rounded perspective and holistic care. We look forward to walking with you on your journey into this new world.
Prenatal care focusing on nutrition, wellness and herbal support
Birth attendance in home or at birth suite
In depth postpartum care incorporating ancient healing techniques
Childbirth education classes
Birth suite rental
Birth tub rental
VBAC (vaginal birth after ceserean)
In hospital labor Doula support
Prenatal and postpartum massage and holistic treatments
Placenta medicine preparation
I look forward to working with you and your growing family!
Please call me, Rachel Mayente-Varela to schedule a free consultation.
– Kind Words –
“Rachel was awesome. She came to my side during labor very quickly, and was my rock. She spoke for me when I couldn’t and asked questions I wouldn’t have considered.
She took care of me and made it 100% possible to give birth VBAC with no ruptures, severe tears or meds. I highly recommend Taos Mountain Birth Sanctuary for every birth.
Rachel is the best!”
“Many of my Taos friends and new mothers bonded over having Rachel as part of our births. She is a friendly member of the community and I admire her spirituality. She is excellent at looking at you as a whole, knowledgeable in her practice, and especially kind and understanding.
I wanted to have a home-birth Vaginal Birth After C-section and Rachel helped me research other medical facilities who would offer VBAC when the Taos hospital would not.
When I went into pre-term labor at 34 weeks Rachel rode in an ambulance with me to Albuquerque in the middle of the night. We watched “Dirty Dancing” because Rachel told me that it is the number one most watched movie by women in labor.
While I was at the hospital Rachel helped me talk with the doctors about my options and brought me homeopathic medicine and used essential oils and massage to help support me in the midst of a frightening crisis.