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Lenny Sue Tinseth LM, CPM


My Journey to home birth began in my Family Life class at Humboldt State University in 1978. In that class, a home birth midwife came to speak on bonding. One year later, I had my first son at home with the same midwife.


I gave birth to all 5 of my children at home spanning the 70’s 80’s and 90’s. While helping other women give birth at home, I studied under Lisa Gladden RN for 6 years(1986-1991), in a grassroots spirit lead practice.


I continued practicing in the Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley areas becoming a Licensed Midwife in 1997. I have surrounded my practice with several experienced and loving Doulas, Childbirth Instructors, Midwife Assistant’s and amazing students.


They are an invaluable part of my practice and are here to serve birthing mothers and their families. With their attentive and caring support we are a team; here to help make the arrival of a new baby as safe, beautiful and intimate as your family planned.


My Husband Scott married since 1977 is a huge part of our Team. Without my husbands support, I could not make the 2 a.m. births in January, during a blizzard, up a mountain pass to Lake Tahoe.

Without him, the steps to the office would not be shoveled or an early morning fire started. He relays messages and calms mother’s nerves who call in labor. He loads my equipment FAST and is a steadfast encourager.

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Curriculum Vitae


Bridge Certificate

Advanced Midwifery Skill Training Focused 

On Rural Environments and Disaster Relief 

The North American Registry of Midwives

US Department of Education




Midwives Crossing Boarders

Building a Homebirth Practice

Speaker Athens, Greece Oct. 2018



IV Skills Instructor

Midwives Alliance of North America

Long Beach, CA

First Aid For Moms Course

Nurturing Nest Reno, NV


2016 to Present

California Association of Licensed Midwives Member


2015 to Present

Certified Health Coach

Dr. Sears Wellness Institute

LEAN Start, LEAN Expectations and Prime Time Health



Intern Mackenzie Hagstrom

Dominican University of California


National Midwifery Institute

Student Carrie Sparravohn, LM




National Midwifery Institute 

Student Celeste Prisock


 Midwives College of Utah

Student Rachel Maxim



First Aid For Moms Course 

Lake Tahoe Community College


2012 to 2015

National Midwifery Institute

Student Ashley Sohler



First Aid For Moms Course

Above Rubies Women’s Retreat

Lake Tahoe 


2011 to Present

Sierra Birth Network Professional Member



Pregnant Teens Program

Tallac Continuation High School

El Dorado County Health Department

Lake Tahoe, CA



 Completed Intravenous Therapy for Midwives

MANA Conference, Asilomar, CA

Instructor Shari Collom, LM,RN



Shaken Baby Syndrome Task Force

Alpine County Family Support and Child Abuse Prevention Council


2009 to 2010

National Midwifery Institute

Student Rachael Wenban


2008 to Present

Instruct Yearly Perishable Skills Workshops

IVs, Breech, Shoulder Dystocia, NRP



Ancient Art Midwifery Institute

Student Savannah Hayes



2007 to Present

Lactation Specialist Program

Lactation Specialist


2006 to 2008

National College of Midwifery and

National Midwifery Institute

Student Julie Ramsey Martinez


2005 to Present

Preceptor for Seattle Midwifery School,

National Midwifery Institute and

National Collage of Midwifery



Intern Shauna Garrett

University of Nevada, Reno 


2000 to Present

Midwives Alliance of North America Member


2000 to Present

 Certified Professional Midwife

Serving in California’s Alpine and El Dorado Counties

 and No. Nevada


1997 to Present

 Licensed California Midwife

California Association of Midwives Member

 Serving the above areas  

 45 births per year



IV Certification

Instructor Lisa Gladden RN, LDEM,CPM

Lake Tahoe, CA



Midwifery Internship with Vickie Cain LM

Markleeville, Alpine County, California


1992 to 2012

Science and Health Instructor

Carson Valley Christian Home Schoolers


FAITH Home Schoolers


1992 to 2012

 Home Education Parent


1987 to 1992

Midwifery Apprenticeship with Lisa Gladden RN, LDEM, CPM

 So. Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, California  



La Leche League Leader

South Lake Tahoe and Markleeville, California

Gardnerville, Nevada



1979 to 1995

Home Births of my 5 children

McKinleyville, Eureka, So. Lake Tahoe and Markleeville California



BA Degree in Family and Consumer Science from Humboldt State University

Arcata, California



Sacramento City College

Sacramento California 



Consumes College Associate of Arts Degree

Sacramento, California



Graduated CK McClatchy High School Sacramento, California


My Philosophy of Childbirth


Natural, non-interventive, childbirth is a right of passage for every birthing mother. She should have the availability to obtain this in a non-threatening environment surrounded by unrestricted access to loving support people every time she gives birth. As a midwife and a birthing mother I have a passion for women and their babies to provide such a fulfilling and safe environment.


A woman has the right to, and deserves, accurate statistical information about birth care practices. Described to her with cultural sensitivity has to prevent misunderstandings. To further avoid misunderstanding and enhance continuity of care, collaboration with all practitioners and services needs to be available and friendly. Unfortunately this is not always the case in our health care system today, which can lead to adverse effects for mother and baby.


There are many routine obstetrical practices that are performed on mothers and babies that are not necessarily based on scientific evidence (1). Some examples are routine episiotomies and continuous electric fetal heart monitoring. Women need to educate themselves on such procedures and free their minds of the fears that have been impressed on them.


Having her support system; including her health care provider, to provide her with non analgesic, anesthetic drugs is critical. A birthing mother needs to be in an environment that does not promote the use of drugs and offers other pain relief measures such as the use of water and unrestricted movement while in labor (The Evidence Basis for the Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care- Journal of Perinatal education, Vol. 16, supplement 1, winter 2007).


I encourage all mothers and families to touch, hold, talk to and bond immediately after birth. Breastfeeding is so important for maternal and infant wellbeing that I will utilize all our community resources and continued support until we have achieved a healthy peaceful breastfeeding relationship.


I also strive to educate families on the myths and fallacies of nonreligious circumcision of the newborn by sharing statistical information and risks vs. benefits.  For instance, assuming a 2% complication rate, circumcising 1,000 male infants would prevent 9 cases of infant urinary tract infection, but would cause complications in 20 babies. (The Evidence Basis for the Ten steps of Mother-Friendly Care - Journal of Perinatal Education, Vol. 16, Supplement 1, Winter 2007)  


Believing we have a purposeful design, I am certain our bodies were made to bring forth children without cutting or harmful medications. From the beginning of mankind to today,  “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” Ecclesiastes 1:9. Humans from all nations and times have, with knowledgeable women to assist them have given birth safely. We have lost so much in America because to the creation of institutionalize medical delivery’s. With the simultaneous abolishment of knowledgeable skilled midwives, we have had to relearn so much of what was lost at the expense of maternal and infant health. (WHO infant mortality rates)


With that, my hope is that each woman; with proper support from her family, community and care givers can give birth naturally in the proper time. Sometimes that may be a labor longer than 24 hours (sometimes minutes!) or a birth takes place two weeks after an Estimated Due Date. Those babies that lye in the womb a little different (ie posterior) may need more time to move down and around to come out.  I use relief measures that do no harm to mother or baby to help endure these slow entries into the world. God promises “He will never leave us or forsake us” Deut.31:6  and  He says,” Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28. 


Enduring and feeling labor and birth for a woman and her baby are so important for bonding, breastfeeding, female health, mental health and respiratory strength and immunities for the baby. The experience is more valuable then we know or can describe.


Interventions beginning with mothers restrained on their backs, to in our country, women no longer being the primary caregivers for pregnant women, have interfered with Gods plan for mothers, baby, family and society.


I believe it is each woman’s responsibility and mine to keep the original divine plan in her birth.

I believe God has called me to assist women in searching for and planning for that goal and with support and protection, achieving it. I see myself as a watchman, a lifeguard, as a guide for each individual woman and her unique birth.  I am here to help you know when birth becomes a medical condition, what to do in that case and make a plan. I am here to help you decode the unknown to the best of my knowledge and experience. I ask for Gods guidance and equipping. I believe your experience is yours, given to you for a purpose.


If this is the first step you have taken toward taking charge of your health care and your family’s, welcome to the journey. I am excited to get to know you and help you along in this enlightening worthwhile effort. 


1. Two-Thirds of OB-GYN Clinical Guidelines Have No Basis in Science, Obstetrics & Gynecology, August 2011

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