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About Lenny Sue Tinseth

Lenny Sue Tinseth LM, CPM

My Journey to home birth began in my Family Life class at Humboldt State University in 1978. In that class, a home birth midwife came to speak on bonding. One year later, I had my first son at home with the same midwife.

I gave birth to all 5 of my children at home spanning the 70’s 80’s and 90’s. While helping other women give birth at home, I studied under Lisa Gladden RN for 6 years(1986-1991), in a grassroots spirit lead practice.

I continued practicing in the Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley areas becoming a Licensed Midwife in 1997. I have surrounded my practice with several experienced and loving Doulas, Childbirth Instructors, Midwife Assistant’s and amazing students.

They are an invaluable part of my practice and are here to serve birthing mothers and their families. With their attentive and caring support we are a team; here to help make the arrival of a new baby as safe, beautiful and intimate as your family planned.

My Husband Scott married since 1977 is a huge part of our Team. Without my husbands support, I could not make the 2 a.m. births in January, during a blizzard, up a mountain pass to Lake Tahoe.

Without him, the steps to the office would not be shoveled or an early morning fire started. He relays messages and calms mother’s nerves who call in labor. He loads my equipment FAST and is a steadfast encourager.

Curriculum Vitae

2018
Midwives Crossing Borders
Building a Homebirth Practice
Speaker Athens, Greece Oct. 2018

2017
IV Skills Instructor
Midwives Alliance of North America
Long Beach, CA
First aid for Moms Course
Nurturing Nest Reno, NV

2015 to Present
Certified Health Coach
Dr. Sears Wellness Institute
LEAN Start, LEAN Expectations Prime Time Health

2015
Intern Mackenzie Hagstrom
Dominican University of California
National Midwifery Institute
Student Carrie Sparravohn, LM

2014
National Midwifery Institute
Student Celeste Prisock
Midwives College of Utah
Student Rachel Maxim

2013
First Aid For Moms Course
Lake Tahoe Community College

2012 to 2015
National Midwifery Institute
Student Ashley Sohler

2011
First Aid For Moms Course
Above Rubies Women’s Retreat Lake Tahoe

2011 to Present
Sierra Birth Network Professional Member

2010-2011
Pregnant Teens Program
Tallac Continuation High School
El Dorado County Health Department Lake Tahoe, CA

2009
Completed Intravenous Therapy for Midwives MANA Conference, Asilomar, CA
Instructor Shari Collom, LM,RN

2009
Shaken Baby Syndrome Task Force
Alpine County Family Support and Child Abuse Prevention Council

2009 to 2010
National Midwifery Institute
Student Rachael Wenban

2008 to Present
Instruct Yearly Perishable Skills Workshops
IVs, Breech, Shoulder Dystocia, NRP

2008-2009
Ancient Art Midwifery Institute
Student Savannah Hayes

2007 to Present
Lactation Specialist Program
Lactation Specialist

2006 to 2008
National College of Midwifery and
National Midwifery Institute
Student Julie Ramsey Martinez

2005 to Present
Preceptor for Seattle Midwifery School,
National Midwifery Institute and
National College of Midwifery

2005
Intern Shauna Garrett
University of Nevada, Reno

2000 to Present
Certified Professional Midwife
Serving in California’s Alpine and El Dorado Counties
and No. Nevada

1997 to Present
Licensed California Midwife
Serving the above areas
45 births per year

1997
IV Certification
Instructor Lisa Gladden RN, LDEM,CPM
Lake Tahoe, CA

1996
Midwifery Internship with Vickie Cain LM
Markleeville, Alpine County, California

1992 to 2012
Science and Health Instructor
Carson Valley Christian Home Schoolers
And
FAITH Home Schoolers

1992 to 2012
Home Education Parent

1987 to 1992
Midwifery Apprenticeship with Lisa Gladden RN, LDEM, CPM
So. Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, California

1985-1990
La Leche League Leader
South Lake Tahoe and Markleeville, California
Gardnerville, Nevada

1979 to 1995
Home Births of my 5 children
McKinleyville, Eureka, So. Lake Tahoe and Markleeville California

1977-1979
BA Degree in Family and Consumer Science from Humboldt State University
Arcata, California

1977
Sacramento City College
Sacramento California

1975-1976
Consumes College Associate of Arts Degree
Sacramento, California

1974
Graduated CK McClatchy High School in Sacramento, California

California’s Licensed Midwife L.M.

Requirements for licensure and scope of practice for today’s “L.M.”, an independent health care professional, is legislated by the Licensed Midwifery Practice Act of 1993 and regulated by the Medical Board of California, Division of Midwifery Licensing.

Lenny Sue 1994 – Surprise Party with her clients in Lake Tahoe

There are several National Midwifery Colleges, which students attend to attain their education and preceptors to gain their clinical skills. To obtain a license, a qualified candidate must then pass a national certification examination administered jointly through the North American Registry of Midwives and the Medical Board of California (MBC).

A Licensed Midwife is IV certified; capable of administrating IV antibiotics, professional provider CPR certified, Neonatal Resuscitation Certified and they are licensed to carry and trained to administer anti-hemolytic medications.

MY PHILOSOPHY OF CHILDBIRTH

    Natural, non-interventive childbirth is a right of passage for every birthing mother.  She should have the availability to obtain this in a non-threatening environment surrounded by unrestricted access to loving and supportive people every time she gives birth.  As a midwife and a birthing mother I have a passion to provide such an environment for women and their babies.

A woman has the right to, and deserves, accurate statistical information about birth care practices.   They should be described to her with cultural sensitivity as to avoid misunderstandings and to enhance continuity of care, as collaboration with all practitioners and service providers needs to be available and friendly.  Unfortunately, due to the state of our health care system today, the lack of collaboration can lead to adverse effects for mother and baby. 

There are many routine obstetrical practices that are performed on mothers and babies that are not necessarily based on scientific evidence.  Some examples are routine episiotomies and electric fetal heart monitoring.  Women need to educate themselves on such procedures and free their minds of the fears that have been impressed on them.  Having her support system, including her health care provider, to be able to provide her with non analgesic, anesthetic drugs is critical.  A birthing mother needs to be in an environment that does not promote the use of drugs and offers other pain relief measures such as the use of water and unrestricted movement while in labor. 

I encourage all mothers and families to touch, hold, talk to and bond immediately following birth.  Breastfeeding is so important for maternal and infant well being that I will utilize all our community resources and continued support until we have fully achieved a healthy and peaceful breastfeeding relationship.

I also strive to educate families on the myths and fallacies of nonreligious circumcision of the newborn by sharing statistical information of the risks vs. benefits.  For instance, assuming a 2% complication rate, circumcising 1,000 male infants would prevent 9 cases of infant urinary tract infection, but would cause other complications in 20 babies. (The Evidence Basis for the Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care – Journal of Parental Education, Vol.16, Supplement 1, winter 2007)

Believing that we have a purposeful design, I am certain our bodies were made to bring forth children without cutting or harmful medications.  From the beginning of mankind until today, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” Ecclesiastes 1:9.  Humans from all nations and times have, with knowledgeable women to assist them, given birth safely.  We have lost so much in America because the creation of institutionalized medical deliveries.  With the simultaneous abolishment of knowledgeable skilled midwives, we have had to relearn so much of what was lost at the expense of maternal and infant health. 

With that, my hope is that each woman, with proper support from her family, community and caregivers, can give birth in her body’s most suitable time.  Sometimes that may be a labor longer than 24 hours (sometimes minutes!) or a birth that takes place two weeks after an estimated due date.  Those babies that lie in the womb a little differently (i.e. posterior), may need more time to move down and around to come out.  I use relief measures that do no harm to mother or baby and that help both to endure these slow entries into the world.  God promises, “He will never leave us or forsake us” Deuteronomy 31:6 and He says “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28. 

Enduring and feeling labor and birth for a woman and her baby are very important for bonding, breastfeeding, female health, mental health, respiratory strength and immunities for the baby.  The birth experience is more valuable than we know or can fully describe.  Interventions from mothers being restrained on their backs to, in our country, women no longer being the primary care-givers for pregnant women, have interfered with God’s plan for mother, baby, family and society. 

I believe it is each woman’s responsibility and mine to keep the original divine plan in her birth.

I believe God has called me to assist women in searching for and planning for that goal and with support and protection, achieving it.  I see myself as a watchman, a lifeguard, as a guide for each individual woman and her unique birth.  I am here to help you know when birth becomes a medical condition, what to do in that case, and make a plan.  I am here to help you decode the unknown to the best of my knowledge and experience.  I ask for God’s guidance and equipping.  I believe your experience is yours, given to you for a purpose. 

If this is the first step that you have taken toward taking charge of you and your family’s health care, welcome to the journey.  I am excited to get to know you and help you along in this enlightening and worthwhile effort.

Lenny Sue

“We Help People Out”

Lenny Sue Tinseth

LM, CPM

230 Carson View
Markleeville, CA 96120

  • Office: 530-691-2182
  • Cell: 775-781-5381
  • Fax: 530-694-1032

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