Meet the Midwife

Marve and Indrani!

Marve and Indrani! Picture of baby Indrani O’Callaghan and her midwife Marvelys Lopez, during a postpartum visit at home.

Marvelys Lopez, CPM

Ever since Marvelys was a young girl, she dreamed of empowering women and honoring babies through the miracle of birth. She began her journey in her native country of Venezuela, attending the Central University of Venezuela, Caracas as a medical student. While a student, she worked as a paramedic, encountering a variety of medical emergencies.

In 1998, she started to deliver babies as part of her obstetrical rotation. In the over 200 babies she delivered, she became disillusioned about the medical systems “management” of birth to be invasive, impersonal, disrespectful and sometimes even harmful to families, something she would encounter first hand in a few short years.

Marvelys Lopez, rural doctor and Yanomami tribe in the Amazon of Venezuela while she was finishing her education as a Medical Doctor in Venezuela

Marvelys Lopez, rural doctor and Yanomami tribe in the Amazon of Venezuela while she was finishing her education as a Medical Doctor in Venezuela

In 2000, as part of her Internship, she traveled to the Amazon and lived among the Yanomami Tribe serving as a rural doctor.

This experience was pivotal in her experience not only as a care provider, but more importantly, as a human being. Being totally immersed in a different culture enriched her life and gave her the insight into how powerful an experience birth can be. The Yanomami women birthed without fear and without the medical community, relying only their own intuition and the support of their mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins and friends.

In 2001, after getting educated on all their options, Marvelys and her husband had their first baby. Diego was born in water in a birth center. It was a life changing experience.iIn 2003, she fulfilled a life long dream of moving back to Las Vegas, Nevada where she had lived for a year as an exchange student in 1993.

Marvelys Lopez, medical doctor getting her face painted by a Yanomami woman in the Venezuelan Amazon.

Marvelys Lopez, medical doctor getting her face painted by a Yanomami woman in the Venezuelan Amazon.

Shortly after arriving,she found herself pregnant with her daughter. This time she decidedto birth at home with a midwife. It was a beautiful experience with her husband catching their daughter in the water! Paola Valentina never left her side!After the empowering births of herchildren, her experience in them.Medical establishment and the Amazonian jungle Marvelys followed her heart and became a midwife.

In 2006, she opened Sweet Beginnings and have served over 350 families in Las Vegas.

 

 

 

 

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Formal Education

  • 1994 High School Diploma, Western High School
  • 1996 Firefighter, Central University of Venezuela Fire Department, Caracas
  • 2001 Medico Cirujano (Medical Surgeon), Central University of Venezuela, Caracas 1996 Firefighter, Central University of Venezuela Fire Department, Caracas

 

Certifications and Continuing Education

  • 2008 CAPPA Lactation Educator
  • 2009 Certified Professional Midwife
  • 2009 AHA Health Care Provider BLS
  • 2009 Born Still : Helping Parents cope with loss
  • 2009 Midwifery skills workshop by Advancing Arts in Midwifery
  • 2009 Suturing workshop by Advancing Arts in Midwifery
  • 2010 Neonatal Resuscitation Program with Karen Strange
  • 2011 Spinning Babies Workshop with Gail Tully, CPM
  • 2011 Resolving shoulder Dystocia Workshop with Gail Tully, CPM
  • 2011 Midwifery Today conference, various workshops
  • 2012 Neonatal Resuscitation Program with Karen Strange.
  • 2012 Midwifery Volunteerism in Developing Countries. with Mercy in Action

Work Experience

  • 1996 – 2003 volunteer firefighter
  • 1999-2003 Paramedic
  • 2001-2003 Family Doctor
  • 2006-present Midwife

 

Affiliations

Birth Experiences

  • 500 Hospital Births
  • 350 Home Births (as of 10/12) which includes Water birth, V.B.A.C, Breech, Twins.

 

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