Janessa Craig, MMT
Janessa Craig wears many hats, she received her Arkansas midwife license in 1991 as an apprentice trained direct entry midwife. Currently she is licensed under PMAI US: Pastoral Medical Association International. This license allows her the opportunity to work with birthing families in the time honored ways of birthing traditions passed down from woman to woman over the years. Her PMA license allows her to practice legally in all 50 states and internationally. Additionally, she is a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (PES), Master Massage Therapist (MMT) and Certified Educator in Infant Massage (CEIM).
After attending a practical nursing program at Laramie County Community College in Wyoming she went on to complete her apprenticeship in Arkansas and has been catching babies on her own since 1991.
She has been teaching childbirth classes to clients since 1988 and has been involved with over 500 deliveries.
Janessa has traveled to two different foreign countries to attend missionary women in the births of their babies: China in 1995 and Guatemala in 2000 where she delivered a set of twins. In 2011 she had the opportunity to attend another set of twins.
From 1994-2000 she served as the vice-chairperson for the Arkansas State Midwife Advisory Board.
She has successfully trained four apprentices who have gone on to work as midwives in their own right. In 2008, she became a certified placenta encapsulation specialist which is a service that utilizes the nutritive value of placenta in the postpartum period.
Presently she is studying to become a postpartum doula instructor with the organization MaternityWise.
In 2000 she graduated from the White River School of Massage in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In 2006 she obtained her Master Massage credentials.
Janessa is certified in performing and in teaching Nurturing the Mother, a scope of massage that includes fertility, pregnancy, labor, postpartum, newborn and infant massage.
From 2004-2009 she taught at the Northeast Technical Center in Kansas, OK, sharing her knowledge and love of massage by developing a curriculum for lay people to learn massage for friends and family.
Janessa has given birth to two sons and a daughter. She currently has four grandsons and one granddaughter.