Joni Stone, CPM
Joni began her undergraduate studies in neuroscience. Upon waking one morning while attending school in Colorado, she knew she was called to be a midwife. Knowing little about midwifery, and nothing about homebirth, she engaged all material about pregnancy, birth and midwifery.
Joni began attending births in 1998 as a doula. She received a Bachelors of Arts with a focus in midwifery from The Evergreen State College in 2000. She went on to attend Seattle Midwifery School (now Bastyr University’s Department of Midwifery) where she got valuable experience attending births in a variety of settings at home, birth centers, hospitals, and providing GYN care at urban health clinic. Joni’s husband’s schooling brought them back to Connecticut where she finished her midwifery studies with SMS, and had the privilege to apprentice with midwives in the state. Circle of Life Midwifery was born in 2003, and since she has had the honor to be present to over 550 birthing families.
Joni is married to an amazingly tolerant, understanding and loving husband. She is also the proud mother to 2 beautiful and vivacious boys. When Joni is not at a birth or roaming the state in her TDI, she is spending time with her family, and enjoying the outdoors.
Gengi G. Proteau, Midwife
Part of the homebirth community since 1994, Gengi has been serving Connecticut families during pregnancy and childbirth in various capacities since 2000, beginning as a childbirth educator and doula. She began attending birthing women at home in 2004 and has gained her clinical experience and education through the privilege of working with several Connecticut homebirth midwives and receiving academic instruction through the Midwives College of Utah. Her personal birth experiences include a cesarean section, a hospital birth and three homebirths. It is being the mother of these five fabulous children that has rounded out her education and taught her much about how to help women prepare for childbirth and motherhood.