Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Paula Murphy is our resident nurse midwife with 30 years of experience, including 7 years in home deliveries, followed by 20 years in hospitals and clinic settings. She began her professional career in the United States where she was a staff midwife, and subsequently director of the Midwifery service in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA. Her practice included antenatal, intra-partum, postpartum and lactation support and women’s overall wellness and health care. Paula went on to establish an in-hospital birth centre including water birth protocols and staff education and she developed group prenatal care based on a model that included physical assessment, education and support.
Since her arrival in Auroville, Paula has been an essential part of the Santé team, where she works as a Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, currently providing midwifery services, home birth care and basic gynaecological care for women in Auroville. Paula also offers group sessions as a childbirth educator for home and hospital deliveries and is an active speaker at conferences on women’s reproductive health.
MONIQUE GAUTHIER (M.Ed)
Certified professional and registered midwife and trained family counsellor.
As a new resident in Auroville, she is part of the Morning Star project to support women and families during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She provides midwifery and spiritual counselling for families from pre-conception through early childhood.
Monique joined the Santé team in mid-2020, in the midst of the CoVid outbreak, and began offering counselling and support to many young mothers and new families. She works with youth and teaches family life courses, prenatal classes and new mom/baby support groups.
Having trained in hypno-birthing and mindfulness birth techniques, Monique also mentors Auroville’s aspiring midwives and doulas.
Monique’s approach to health is infused with Integral Yoga and bioenergetic knowledge, and she resonates with the vision and practice of integrative medicine,