About Family Birth Center
I began my incredible journey into midwifery in 2007 with the birth of my first child, Noah.
When my husband and I found out that we were pregnant, we had no idea that there was another way to go other than a hospital. When I was about three months pregnant I got to attend a friend’s birth at the same hospital that I planned to deliver my baby, I was so excited! Little did I know that I was going to walk away from that birth feeling a little sad, disappointed and a general feeling of wanting to keep my baby in my body for as long as possible. Instead of looking forward to my birth, I started feeling like it was just going to be a slightly traumatic event that I had to get through to be able to finally hold my baby.
When I was six months pregnant another friend invited me to attend her birth at a birth center, I thought she was crazy but at least she was excited about her birth and I was really curious as to why. I watched her labor with caring midwives that respected the rite of passage that she was making into motherhood. During her labor they talked barely above a whisper, they put cool cloths on her head and rubbed her back. The midwives played soothing music, dimmed the lights and had candles lit around her. As my friend pushed her baby out the midwife helped her reach down and pull her own baby up to her chest and that’s where the baby stayed. This was the moment that I realized that my birth mattered, it’s not a means to an end, it’s a way to start the beginning. I immediately transferred my records to the midwife and started my home birth journey.
Giving birth was one of the hardest things I've ever done but it was also the most rewarding experience of my life. That moment was the strongest I had ever felt in my life and I knew I had been changed.
My background in medicine was as a combat medic in the United States Army and EMT-B so the decision to become a midwife required a lot of thought and prayer. After my second home birth in 2010, I knew it was what God was calling me to do. I finished my Biology degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio and started my apprenticeship with the incredible Amber Riedel, LM, CPM at The Family Birth Center in New Braunfels. In August of 2013 I took the National American Registry of Midwives exam to obtain my Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and subsequent licensing from the state of Texas.
I am so thrilled to be where I am today, a mother of 5 and the wife of an amazing man. I thank God for writing my journey for me and guiding me every step of the way, even if I’m fighting it. I’m so thankful to my husband James who has been an incredible support system. I’m grateful for the children God has trusted to be in my care: Bryant, Noah, Emily, and Abby. They are the most precious gift I could have ever been given.