Linden Tree Midwifery, LLC provides home birth midwifery services to low-risk families in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Linden Tree is owned by Meredith Routt, a Certified Professional Midwife and Registered Nurse living in Winchester, VA.
Linden Tree Midwifery, LLC, grew out of a desire to provide home birth midwifery care that is honest, comprehensive, and empowering.
Honest… Many cultures believe that you can’t tell a lie under a linden tree. It is a place where communities come together to make big decisions, a place of celebrations. Our time together as midwife and mother is ceremonious and important, a time for honesty and respect. Your visits are a place where you can feel safe sharing your hopes and concerns. In response, I offer you care that is transparent and based on information.
Comprehensive…Becoming a parent is more than birthing a child. Beyond discussing all the options within your care, we also explore the many facets of becoming a parent. Together we discuss the mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of childbirth to work towards your best possible pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience.
Empowering…Pregnancy and birth are a powerful time of growth for you and your family, a time when you are rewarded and challenged in many aspects of self. You have innate knowledge that helps guide you through this time. My role is to provide you with information and discussion that deepens your own knowledge and self-trust.
My midwifery journey grew out of many different interests that weave into a passion for home birth. I went to nursing school at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, which introduced me to many things. Firstly, my love of the mountains and the history of herbal medicine in the Appalachians. Secondly, my passion for empowering others to achieve their best health. And, most importantly, my first natural birth. Once I witnessed how empowering birth can be for families, I knew I wanted to spend my life supporting mothers and families in their childbearing journey.
Once I became a Registered Nurse in 2012, I worked as a Birth Assistant & Student Midwife at Brookhaven Birth Center in Harrisonburg, where I began the PEP Process of becoming a Certified Professional Midwife. After, I went to DC to work as a nurse for Early Head Start, which allowed me to provide prenatal and postpartum care to a diverse population of families and use my Spanish-speaking skills. However, the mountains called, so in 2016 I returned to the Shenandoah Valley to finish the PEP Process as a Student Midwife and RN Birth Assistant at Premier Birth Center. I became a Certified Professional Midwife in March 2018 after five beautiful, rewarding, and demanding years (nine if you include nursing school :))
The diverse background of my training allows me to approach pregnancy and birth from many perspectives. My midwifery experience shows me that birth is normal and it is important to serve women holistically. My nursing training gives me the knowledge to utilize medical resources when appropriate. Beyond that, my passion for herbalism teaches me to respect ourselves and nature, as both have abundant resources to help us achieve our best health.