TANJA BOLLE; LM, CPM
Tanja Bolle, am the Licensed Midwife
and CPM practicing in Santa Fe, New Mexico area for New
Since my licensing in 1996, my experience is furthered each year by attending
between ten and 30 families throughout the childbearing cycle. First and foremost I identify myself as a midwife. It is not
just a career, but a way of life. Midwifery encompasses the paths
of life I wish to follow: empowerment, self-care, education, involvement
in community, responsibility for my choices and actions, spirituality,
and honor for the cycles of life. As a midwife I guide women and their
families, as well as myself, through the childbearing years and encourage and support
them through the incredible rite of passage. Not only is it an incredible
honor and thrill to be with these birthing families, but also an amazing
opportunity for growth and change within myself.
Prior to being licensed, I apprenticed with midwives in Chicago, Mexico
City and primarily studied at the National College of Midwifery's training
program in Taos, New Mexico. These consolodated my love for midwifery. My interest
in midwifery began while completing my anthropology degree at the
University of Kansas where I focused on women's health advocacy. I
learned about overcoming barriers to women's health choices and women
empowering themselves through their birth experiences and passing
that power onto their children, their families and their communities.
graduating I moved back home to Chicago and began working as a doula
assisting women in the immediate postpartum period, educating them,
supporting them and helping them become independent and confident
in their parenting. Shortly after, a group of midwives welcomed me
into their community and it was then I realized that becoming a midwife
was my calling in life.
I focused and finished my training and then began a small homebirth
practice in New Mexico. The intent and ideal of my practice is to of keep it small
and intimate, being able to really know the families I work
with, make the commitments of guiding them in their needs and
finish knowing they have the confidence to go on their own. It has
been such a joy to be able to watch the children grow up and become
their own selves and in some instances attend the births of their little brothers
As part of my commitment to advancing the sisterhood of midwifery,
I also have taken on apprentices, taught classes and exam
preparation for aspiring midwives and assisted in providing continuing
education options for licensed midwives in the area. I volunteer for
local women's health and family developing organizations, and remain
an active member of the New Mexico
Midwives Association (Co-chair for five years), as well as Midwives Alliance of North America and Citizens for Midwifery.
currently live in Santa Fe with my sweetie/partner/boyfriend Whitney
in the home we built together. In November 2005 we were blessed by the birth of our son Kadin. And in early 2009 we await the birth of our second child. I can truely say that my own birth story has solidified the beauty and power I see in women, the importance of faith in birth and intuition, and trust in community and family. My pregnancies have been joyous, the births amazing, and parenting fullfilling as well as life changing. When not practicing midwifery I love to be in
the outdoors gardening or traveling, cooking and spending time with friends,
exploring something new.
Licenses and Degrees
||CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) maintained through NARM (North AMerican Registry of Midwives)
||LM Licensed as a Midwife through the New Mexico
Dept of Health
||Associate Degree in Midwifery from the National
College of Midwifery after an eighteen month apprenticeship at
the Northern New Mexico Birth Center, including a six week stay
in Mexico City, and a six month apprenticeship in Chicago.
||BA in Anthropology from the University of Kansas.
Graduated with honors from the college and distinction from the