Jeevalaya Birthing Home

We are a diverse team of Indian and International healthcare professionals — midwives, nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, and lactation consultants. It is our privilege to stand by you as your steadfast partner through this incredible journey of parenthood. Our passion and dedication lead us to stay at the forefront of all aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, and childcare, working closely with a wide network of national and international partners.

Johanna Durairaj

Johanna, a devoted wife to her Indian husband and a mother of five, began her journey toward natural birth following her initial C-section delivery with her first child. Drawing from her own personal experiences and driven by a passion for empowering pregnant mothers, Johanna has dedicated over a decade of her life to actively serving and assisting pregnant women. In 2011, while accompanying a pregnant mother to the hospital, Johanna confronted the limitations of the healthcare system. It was at this moment that the idea of a natural birthing home took root in her heart. Johanna’s mission is to create a space where families can embrace parenthood with beauty, respect, and the dignity they deserve. As a La Leche certified lactational consultant, she also offers expertise to support and guide mothers on their breastfeeding journey.

Dr Sujatha Samuel

Alongside her husband, Dr. Sujatha owns and manages Pushpa Hospital in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. She is a distinguished medical professional, holding an MBBS degree from Tirunelveli Medical College. With over 32 years of expertise in obstetrics and ultrasound, she brings a wealth of experience to her practice. In addition to her professional commitments, Dr. Sujatha has a genuine passion for women’s welfare, evident in her dedicated service on women’s social issues over the years.

Augustine Colebrock

Augustine is an internationally recognized midwifery educator, experienced business executive, and veteran midwife with a heart focused on the underserved, marginalized, and under-resourced. She respects the importance of being empowered and undisturbed during labour, and balances this attention to the sacred with over 25 years of experience attending births in hospitals, birth centers, and homes in rural, urban and suburban environments in more than 10 countries worldwide. In addition to her midwifery training and certifications, Augustine has a public health master’s degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA where she majored in Maternal/Child Health Systems.  Her life’s mission is to mainstream midwifery and deconstruct the culture of fear and misinformation that surrounds the maternity world globally.

Anorthe Muenz

Anorthe got her first taste of India in her midwifery training during which she spent one semester of learning at a university in Northern India. A certified midwife since 2019, Anorthe initially worked in a large maternity hospital in the south of Germany. Since the end of 2020, Anorthe has been working in a midwifery-led birthing centre. Her experience encompasses antenatal care, birth preparation classes, home births, birth centre deliveries, postpartum care, and pelvic floor classes. Anorthe is passionate about her role as a midwife, and finds fulfillment in empowering families during their journey of parenthood.

Vidhya Koshy

Vidhya, a wife and nurturing mother to eight children, holds a background in physiotherapy, graduating from one of the country’s premier institutions. Her passion lies in women’s health, stemming from her personal journey that transitioned from medical-fashioned normal deliveries to homebirths, natural births and ultimately a waterbirth. With two decades of rich knowledge, Vidhya is driven by her conviction to share her experiences and insights with younger couples and parents. She is currently enrolled in a six-month international doula certification program, aimed at enhancing her ability to offer support and empowerment to families.