We Co-operate! Spotlight: Midwife Heather Rische

Community and Cooperation is what sets Mountain View Market apart from other local grocers. Our community appreciation and involvement is unparalleled and we aren't afraid to say it! Our We Co-operate! program is just one of the ways that we demonstrate our commitment to local.  We Co-operate! participating businesses offer discounts to Co-op Member-Owners. We are going to be featuring many of the We Co-operate! businesses in upcoming blog posts in order to show our love for CO-mmunity and CO-operation! 

Heather Rische is self-employed as a licensed midwife that specializes in home birth here in Las Cruces. Heather began her journey as a midwife in 1994, and has assisted numerous families in our community with their natural home births. You may recognize Heather from her long-time employment here at the Co-op, where she worked for over a decade! Heather also was a part of the creation of the We Co-operate! program here at MVM.

Concern for her Community:
She identifies with the Co-op principles because of her own concern for community. "There is a value in local resources" she says, and has based her livelihood upon that belief. Heather had a birthing experience with the her first child that fueled her interest in midwifery. Even with preparation with her own midwife, she needed to give birth in the hospital due to unforseen issues. Unfortunately, her experience was not a very pleasant one. She decided that she wanted to offer women in our community the "privilege and control over how their child would come into this world". Heather wants to empower women to create a birth experience that "ensures a peaceful process of bringing babies into this world". It is important to empower moms to be good parents, not just at the birth stage, but "throughout their journey as a parent" she states. She doesn’t stop her care for her clients immediately after the birth. She continues the tradition of giving aftercare of the mother by bringing meals, watching other children, and cooking and cleaning. Heather enjoys the fact that her clients often end up being lifelong friends and that their children grow up together.

Who: Heather Rische, Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife
What: Home birth midwifery
Co-op Member-Owner Discount: Discount on childbirth classes and other specials
For more information contact: (575)743-0439

We are always accepting new or established local businesses into our We Co-operate! program. If you are interested in joining this program, email Outreach@mountainviewmarket.coop for more information.