Brielle Epstein, LM, CPM has been attending births as a doula and midwife since 2003. She currently has a small home birth practice in Austin, TX where she also homeschools her two children and spends as much time outdoors as possible. Brielle is the Chapter Leader of ICAN of Austin, a chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network and the Legislative Chair of the Association of Texas Midwives. She is also the former Director of Federal Advocacy for the Big Push for Midwives. After several years of research and policy work on environmental, health, and urban planning issues, she was inspired to become a midwife after the empowering birth of her first child. She sees access to the midwifery model of care and VBAC as a key strategy to eliminating maternity care disparities and improving outcomes for mothers and babies.