Diane Schaub

Licensed Midwife


I began my midwifery career many years ago whilst watching pregnant women, wondering and dreaming what it must be like to have another, albeit small, human being inside you, squirming, kicking, and stretching.  I thought at the time that I would become a childbirth education teacher, but little did I know what awaited me!

I entered Gonzaga University in the fall of 1971 in the sociology program.  After two semesters, I decided I was more interested in women's health and started taking pre-med courses.  Somehow I came across the book Immaculate Deception by Suzanne Arms, in which the author describes standard birth procedures in American hospitals.  She then talked about the statistics of births in European countries which utilize midwives.

This was the first time that I had ever seen the word "midwife,"  and I knew instantly that that is what I wanted to become!  I had no idea what midwives did or how to get training, and I put the questions on the back burner while I finished school.  I did graduate from Gonzaga University, magna cum laude, with a BA in Classical Civilizations in 1975.

My now ex-husband and I landed in Reno in the fall of 1975, he to a program in social psychology at UNR and I to work and dance and study  independently alternatives in health care.  I became pregnant with son #1 in 1978 and employed a local home-birth midwife.  I read ferociously and plied my midwife with constant questions. 

Zach's birth was long and hard.  He was in a posterior position, so I had lots of back labor and slow dilation.  I pushed for many hours at home before we decided to go to the hospital for help.  He was eventually delivered via C-section, and I was grateful to have such a beautiful baby.

After Zach's birth, I felt a multitude of feelings, from joy to despair, wondering what had happened to the lovely home-birth I had planned.  It was at this time that I started reading serious midwifery and obstetrical texts and articles, hoping to understand my birth and to get some peace about it.  And this led me to searching for midwives with whom to apprentice.

I found two midwives who were practicing in Reno, and I became the rookie, attending prenatals and births for the
next two years.  In 1982, I applied to and
was accepted into a year-long training program for direct-entry midwives at the Maternity Center in El Paso, Texas, operated by Shari Daniels (now owner of the Miami Maternity Center).

My family and I relocated to El Paso, Texas, and I spent the next year as a student under the direct supervision of more experienced and licensed midwives.  At the Center, we performed all the prenatal exams, all the births and all the postpartum visits for the mothers and babies who came to us.  We were also required to teach childbirth classes to the women every six weeks, and we students had weekly academic classes and assignments in all aspects of midwifery.  By the end of the year, I was licensed to practice midwifery in El Paso County, having taken a written exam, a practical skills review exam and an oral exam.

I returned to Reno in the fall of 1983 and have been practicing here ever since.  Contrary to popular belief, midwives can practice legally in the State of Nevada, since we are mentioned several times in the statutes. However, since Nevada has no licensing procedure, I became licensed in the State of California in 1997 and that license is current.
Servicing: Nevada
Fallon, Fernley, Reno, Gardnerville, Minden and Carson City

Truckee, Portola, Quincy, Susanville, South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Kings Beach, Tahoma and Incline Village

About Diane Schaub


Midwife Services For Natural Prenatal Care And Home Births

Reno midwife services bring back the natural aspect to the process of childbirth. While Reno midwifery services do not begin with the birth, they do reintroduce the natural wisdom that is often lacking from standard medical birthing practices. While standard medical practices and advanced medical technology definitely have their place, the time-honored tradition of Reno Nevada midwife services also deserves its place of respect.

Is Midwifery Safe?

For a culture conditioned to place all faith in modern medical technology, this is a valid question. Are Reno Nevada midwife services safe? Let me assure you that safety is a priority in midwifery and studies have come to show that the outcomes for births attended by midwives are the same as those for those attended by physicians. Having Reno prenatal care and a Reno Nevada home birth attended by a midwife is a viable alternative to exclusively physician-based prenatal care and birthing procedures. Around the world, midwives attend births and babies are born into the world happy and healthy through home births.

Why Choose Midwifery?

There are many reasons to choose my South Lake Tahoe midwife services. The first of which is that midwifery encourages that women become active participants in pregnancy care and in the birthing process. This may sound silly but often pregnant women place all the control in the hands of doctors.

Midwives like myself help pregnant women to embrace and take an active role in pregnancy by learning about this sacred life-giving process. Likewise, we help families to find a role in this special process. My services are tailored to the needs of both the family and the expectant mother depending on your culture and values.

I aim to help women to learn how to best take care of themselves and their unborn babies through nutrition and exercise. More than that, Tahoe City CA midwife services help to provide the emotional and social support that is so crucial to Tahoe City CA prenatal care and South Lake Tahoe CA home birth process.

This understanding of the importance of the emotional journey that comes with giving life is a clear benefit of midwifery. Pregnancy is about more than physical check-ups and vital signs. It is a spiritual experience. I recognize this, embrace it, and guide expecting mothers through this joyous and sometimes challenging time.

Being a midwife is incredibly rewarding for me. I get to help expectant mothers to have safe, sacred journeys to and through the awe-inspiring process of childbirth. Let me help guide you through the spiritual, emotional, and physical journey with dignity, reverence, and return to you your active role in this blessed process of giving life.