Dena Moes is a midwife and mother with a gypsy soul.
Dena majored in Literature at Yale University, where she graduated Cum Laude in 1991. She worked as an actress, writer, and waitress in New York City for two years before she got the calling to become a midwife. Back at Yale, Dena became a certified nurse-midwife, and wrote a qualitative study to earn her Masters in Nursing, titled Voices on the Path of Life; the Experience of Childbirth as a Spiritual Event. Her training included attending births in a public hospital in the Bronx and out on Amish farms.
Dena met her husband Adam after graduation, when the fun really started. Babies, businesses, and a house followed one after the other. Dena opened a home birth service in 2005 but left town every summer for family adventure-time. The family attended Rainbow Gatherings, Burning Man, trekked to remote hot springs, and toured the West Coast festival circuit as the Moes Family Band over the years. But they always came home in time for school to start. Until 2014, that is, when they rented out their house and shuttered their businesses, to backpack around India and Nepal for a year. Dena went to India seeking wisdom and experience to transform her sense of self and her relationship to the world, (and husband), while world-schooling two daughters along the way.
Dena has maintained an award-winning midwifery blog, The Midwife’s Desk, since 2006. She has written articles and essays for Midwifery Today, the Lotus Guide, and Shasta Parent. An excerpt from her manuscript was published in literary journal Minerva Rising, and another was shortlisted in Hippocampus‘ creative nonfiction contest. Dena is represented by Laura Yorke at Carol Mann Literary Agency, carolmannagency.com.
Since returning from India, Dena has worked with Mayan midwives in a mountain village in Guatemala. She is developing a maternal/child health program for the villages around Dharamsala India, in collaboration with the NGO EduCare India. This project will increase capacity of traditional midwives, and build compassion into the care of birthing women in local facilities. The answer to the question, “Will Dena go back to India?” is a resounding “Yes.”