About Us

In the Family Way was established in 2000 by Julie Chase-Daniel to serve families during the transitions of childbirth and early parenting. Art-making and the creative process became a central focus of Julie’s work as a doula after her training with Pam England in the practice of Birthing From Within. This led to the awareness that doing creative work together can help us more fully experience all family transitions from birth to the end life as rites of passage that serve the mutual unfolding of individual, collective and cosmos.

Since 2000, In the Family Way has grown into a small collaborative of practitioners dedicated to cultivating the creative potential of family transitions from birth to the end of life. At the heart of these transitions is a process of change through which we become who we are meant to be, and take our place among the family of the earth. Approaching change in the family way helps us engage our creativity to walk a path of personal transformation with greater awareness of our mutual interdependence, our living connection to one another and to the earth.

In the Family Way invites people to experience and witness how creativity and compassion during family transitions supports the process of change from the inside out, at all levels of life. Our volunteer board of directors works quietly to offer a limited number of unique programs, publications and events that we hope will help families and communities thrive. Please feel free to contact us for further information, or to join our work.

juliec.jpg Julie Chase-Daniel holds an M.A. in transformative leadership and has completed the coursework for a PhD at California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a poet and a potter, with a background that includes professional practice as a doula. From 1992 -2004, she served on the board of Bread for the Journey. Mother of one, she lives in Santa Fe with her husband.
Matthew Chase-Daniel is a photographer and sculptor. He has exhibited across the U.S. and abroad. Father of one, he lives in Santa Fe with his wife. His work can be seen at: www.chasedaniel.com,and www.axleart.com
jill2.jpg Jill D’Agnenica is an artist and mother of two who has lived and worked Los Angeles since 1991 with her husband, singer/songwriter Michael Child. Many of her pieces have occurred in places where people “happen upon” a situation, unawares, taking viewers beyond their everyday concerns to a moment of reflection and wonder. Explorations of community and interconnection are recurring themes in her work, which can be seen at: www.jilldagnenica.com
Anne Staveley is a professional portrait photographer and mother of two. She grew up in Santa Fe and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught journal classes to young girls, and for several years owned and operated the children’s clothing company, Bark and Seed. Her photography can be seen at: www.annestaveley.com