Above you see me, with the woman who gave birth to me into the hands of a midwife, my grandfather Arnold Branham.
Arnold and LaRae Branham are my grandparents, and they were pioneers in the field of modern midwifery.
My grandmother was a natural healer, and birthed 10 children at home. My grandfather is still living and will me 89 years old in January. He became the Community Midwife in his small community of Eagle River Wisconsin because of my brave grandmother who challenged the abusive birth standards and practices to women during her time. Because of their influence we have a family of fearless, creative thinkers. I've dedicated my life to improving maternal health in this country and I'm on a mission to log 2400 miles are raise over $24000. Please donate to my campaign, on the link below and help spread the message. As my wonderful coach says "Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much" Lisa Smith-
I will be tracking my miles on Strava at:
(Pictured LaRae and Arnold Branham with midwife, psychotherapist, and Ultramarathon runner Tara Tulley at 2 years old. LaRae lost a battle with cancer at the age of 55 in 1989. Her short life touched many many people and her legacy lives on).