About Us

Full-Scope Midwifery

Childbirth the Way Nature Intended is a full-scope midwifery practice providing licensed home birth, holistic well-woman care, doula services, and childbirth education. The company is run by Debbie Boucher, APN, CNM and has an office in Grayslake, Illinois. The home birth coverage area includes northeast Illinois and southeast Wisconsin.


Debbie Boucher, Midwife

Debbie Boucher, APN, CNM is a certified nurse-midwife licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin. She started providing labor support in 1993 as a doula and a childbirth educator (Bradley Method). After several years she realized that there were no licensed midwives in Lake County, and very few home birth options, so she decided to go back to school to become a CNM.

After completing an undergraduate nursing degree in 2005 at Loyola University Chicago, she became a licensed RN that same year and started attending home births, working under the supervision of two MD practices and two CNMs. She completed a master’s degree in nursing in 2008 at University of Illinois at Chicago which enabled her to become a certified nurse midwife (CNM) and receive a license to practice. At that point she started her midwifery private practice, in July 2008.

Julie Irvine, Nurse, Doula, Soon-to-be Midwife (2018)

Julie Irvine, RN earned her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing in 2007 and began her nursing career in a hospital labor and delivery unit. Julie fell in love with OB nursing when she witnessed her first midwife-attended birth in nursing school. After gaining several years of experience in the hospital, she joined Debbie's team as a home birth assistant in 2013. She quickly discovered that she has a passion for the more intimate and peaceful style of labor and birth that staying at home provides. She is excited to be in midwifery school, working toward her goal of becoming a CNM by 2018. Julie is married and is the mother of two small children.

Jane Dorado, Nurse

Jane Dorado, RN holds an Associate Degree in Physical Therapy as well as her nursing degree. She has four children, all born at home, and two of her five grandchildren were home births also. She was a breastfeeding mother for a total of fourteen years. After her first baby, she became a childbirth educator and taught for 24 years and has attended hundreds of births in the assistant role. Drawing on her Physical Therapy background, she has always been interested in facilitating the body’s own healing power, rather than depending on substances or technology which are extrinsic. She believes that with support we can do the most amazing things. Women are wonderfully and powerfully made.

Aime Gramer, Nurse

Aime Gramer, RN, IBCLC is married to Ron Gramer and they currently have ten children. Their last five children were born at home, all with Debbie in attendance. Aime has been a labor-delivery nurse since 1992. She also has experience in childbirth education and has been a lactation consultant (IBCLC) for several years. Her other certifications include Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP). She enjoys educating parents, supporting families, and being an advocate for their decisions.

Karen Cusick, Nurse, Doula

Karen Cusick, RN was born and raised in England. After college she was a children's nanny. She then completed nurse training specializing in neonatal intensive care, and worked in a very busy regional hospital in London for 24 years. In April 2004 she moved to the USA with her husband and two children. She is a certified doula. She loves children and infants and is also very involved in showing and breeding Cavalier King Charles spaniels.

Jennifer Erenberg, Nurse

Jennifer Erenberg, RN earned her Associate in Applied Science in Nursing in May 2016, as the first step in the process of becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife.

Fourteen years ago Jennifer started her journey of starting a family, and became interested in the idea of home birth. She then had two of her four children at home, and decided that empowering other women to do the same was something that she wanted to do. It took her four years to complete her associate degree, but she is now overjoyed at being able to assist Debbie, and to immerse herself in helping others to see the benefits of home birth and a more holistic lifestyle. Currently, she is in the process of completing her certification in placental encapsulation, and can’t wait to share her skills and knowledge about the benefits of placental encapsulation with postpartum moms! Jennifer’s other interests include cooking, aromatherapy, acupuncture, yoga, nutrition, homeschooling her four children, and dog-sitting.