Welcome! We've founded Cocoon in 2019. At the moment we are a collective of five midwives*, with and without kids, queer-identified and allies, white, cis and trans*. Our first languages are German or English.
Imogen Raye Minton
Hi, I'm Imogen! My pronouns are she/her.
I am originally from the US, but have lived in Berlin since 2006. I became a midwife after getting my Bachelors in Gender and Sexuality, and Masters in International Public Health and Gender. I did my midwifery training here in Berlin, and have since worked in various settings: as a homebirth midwife, a beleg-midwife in the hospital, and in a Geburtshaus. Working towards social justice by supporting people during the transformative process of becoming parents is my guiding passion.
I am white, cis, queer, and speak german and english fluently (though sometimes I feel like I'm getting worse in both languages!). I am thrilled to be founding this collective with such incredible midwives*.
Hey, I´m Cato! My Pronouns are they/them, or he/him.
I've lived in Berlin for many years. After my Bachelor in Communications Science and Psychology in 2009 I started my midwifery training. It was important to me to find work for my hands and my heart. I am fascinated with everything surrounding Pregnancy and Birth support. Trans and queer sensitive care are very important to me. I feel enriched by every chance I get to accompany a person during their unique expereice of this life phase.
I myself am white, queer, trans*, non-bianary, parent to three wonderful people, and speak german fluently, and english shyly. I am so happy to be starting this collective with these great midwives*!
Hey, my name is Vanessa (no pronouns).
I came to Berlin in 2017 after completing my B.Sc. Midwifery at the University of Health in Bochum. I was drawn straight into out-of-hospital obstetrics. Until 2021, together with the Maja Birth House team, I accompanied birth house and homebirths and took on responsibilities in the management.
For me, working as a midwife* is part of my feminist practice, which is about attentive accompaniment and strengthening reproductive rights. With the collective I have found a place and a team to deepen exactly these ideas and to help create a safe space for this very intense phase of life of birth and parenthood.
I am queer.
I speak German and English.
Kjell A. Bühler
Hey, my name is Kjell (pronouns: she/her).
I'm queer and cis, part of the collective since we were founded in 2019 and a midwife since 2020. At the moment I also finish the studies B.Sc. Midwifery at EHB. Before that, I studied Educational Sciences and Gender Studies and have worked, amongst other things, in the field of sexual education.
To co-found Cocoon during my apprenticeship has been a great source of strength for my midwifery work. It means a lot to me to be able to care for families-to-be in their process and especially during homebirth. Politically it's important to me to work for midwifery becoming more intersectional, queer-feminist and trans-inclusive, and that autonomy and self-determination of the pregnant and birthing person is the center of care.
I speak German and English.
Hej, I am Juliane/Jul (my pronoun is she/her).
Berlin is my hometown, since 2015 I live here permanently again and since October 2020 I work as a freelance midwife in out-of-hospital settings, first in a birth center and now since March 2022 in Cocoon Midwives* Collective. Sometimes I can hardly comprehend that I get to be a midwife and accompany people through this transformative time of pregnancy, during birth and in the postpartum period. In a time of multi-layered changes, to be allowed to be part of and just to be there, to be able to create a safe space and to see people in their individuality means a lot to me.I am very much looking forward to the upcoming collaboration, encounters and experiences at Cocoon.
Me, I am white, cis, straight and ally. I speak German and English.
Hey, I'm Leo (my pronouns are she/her).
I came to Berlin in 2019 after getting to care for families during home and Geburtshaus births for six years, with the wonderful midwives in Geburtshaus Bonn. I consider myself really lucky to have stumbled upon such great people here in Berlin, with whom to start this collective.
To be a midwife is polictical, and necessitates participating in polictical action. Our collective makes it possible for me to do this in a meaningful way. I really treasure the aspects of out-of-hospital care that allow me the time and space with clients to do important work together - for example, creating trust through building relationship. This is often an important element of caring for folks as they become parents in their familiar environment.
I am white, cis, hetero, an ally, and speak german, spanish and english.
Leo sadly has moved to Cologne in March 2022.