Origins Birth Services
An ordinary day becomes extraordinary when we receive the call with an invitation to witness the miracle of new life.
Enjoy getting to know us and taking a look around our website! ~ Kaitlyn & Gina
Meet The Staff
KaitlynMy journey to becoming a midwife began while I was a Pre-Med student with a focus in Obstetrics and Gynecology throughout college. I met my husband, got married, and became pregnant soon after, and realized quickly that I wouldn’t be attending medical school anytime soon. I gave birth to my first child in early 2008, and experienced a traumatic birth in a hospital setting. I spent my first several months postpartum gravely ill from an infection I received while in the hospital. My infection was directly related to having an epidural, so with my subsequent pregnancies I knew I wanted something completely different. I set out on a path different from what I had known, and I chose to have a homebirth with a midwife and doula, and it was an incredible and life-changing experience. It was clear the Lord was changing my path from medical care for women throughout their pregnancy and birth to holistic care through midwifery. My experience fueled my passion for natural birth and I began serving women as a Certified Birth Doula, knowing that my path was to eventually become a midwife. I wanted to integrate my passion for holistic care, with my love for obstetrics and help women achieve gentle births for both themselves and their babies. My experience as a doula forged my ability to connect with women and tend to their specific needs and desires for birth, – physically, spiritually, and emotionally. I purposefully chose to become a doula prior to beginning my midwifery apprenticeship because I believe deeply that learning how to connect with women during the most intimate and sacred moments of their life would help me become the kind of midwife I knew that I wanted to be.
Through my birth experiences, both in the hospital setting and at home, as well as medicated and un-medicated, I am able to connect with and support women wherever they are on their journey into motherhood. I have attended 500+ births, which gives me an extensive overview of the needs and desires of laboring women. Midwifery is my God-given ministry, my calling, and my passion.
GinaMy love for midwifery began in the summer of 2004, when I gave birth to my third child at a birth center using a midwife. Having been physically and emotionally wounded after two previous hospital births; I found what my spirit had longed for through the wonderful care I received during my delivery at the birth center. In 2006 I became a Certified Birth Doula and began to serve women in that capacity. Knowing that my heart’s desire was to be a midwife one day I patiently waited for God to open the door for me. In 2008 I began working as a midwifery assistant. The following year I developed and managed the postpartum care team and the Lactation Program at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center. I worked there as the Postpartum Team Coordinator and Breastfeeding Specialist until February 2011. At that time, I enrolled in a midwifery program and that was the beginning of my longtime dream to help women experience the wonders of what it feels like to be lovingly cared for through their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. I have now fulfilled my dream of becoming a Licensed Certified Professional Midwife.
Having experienced the full spectrum of childbirth options, with my first two in the hospital setting, the middle two at a birth center in the water, and the last in the comfort of my home; I feel that I have a unique ability to connect with women no matter their birthing choices. I have attended over 500 births, which has given me first-hand experience caring for laboring and birthing women on a safe and professional level. I am thrilled to be able to share my passion for midwifery with my clients and help them to bring the joys of a new addition into their family.
JustineMy husband, William, and I have a beautiful daughter named Donni which was born at Origins Birth Center in 2018. My birth experience has allowed me to relate with other women and understand pregnancy and birth on a more personal level.
I was born and raised in the DFW metroplex, but obtained my bachelor’s degree in Sociology with minors in Biology and Chemistry from the University of San Diego in California in 2011. I had the intention of applying to medical school when I was approached about a midwifery internship at an area birth center. After I attended a few births I immediately knew that God had lead me on this path. I had the privileged of training under three experienced Midwives before I decided to follow Angela Friesen, CPM, LM to Origins Birth and Wellness Collective. At the end of 2015, I happily accepted the offer to become the first Origins student and complete her apprenticeship under the care of the three Origins midwives. Cross training with each Origins midwife and the length of my apprenticeship has allowed me to become a well-rounded midwife.
I believe in the human body, the power of informed choice, and the marriage of a holistic and medical approach to care. “You cannot treat the physical without regard for the emotional and physical. All three are intertwined and perfectly dependent on each other. Each woman deserves individualized care and to be treated as a whole”.
RoxanneI first became a midwife in 1989. During my training in the 1980s, I had the privilege of a traditional apprenticeship in Texas with many senior midwives who were pioneers in the state of Texas and the nation. Watching their intuitive and natural style of attending women based on years of experience, I quickly developed my own faith in the ability of women to give birth. The confidence I gained at that time in the birthing process is still with me today.
After practicing as a midwife for several years I took a sabbatical from midwifery to focus on my family. When I came back to midwifery, I updated my clinical knowledge with local midwives and also went to Senegal, West Africa and the Philippines to gain cross cultural experience and attend the births necessary to complete my CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) requirements. I became licensed to practice again in Texas in 2011. Currently I also serve on the Midwifery Advisory Board for the state of Texas, and speak on various topics at midwifery conferences across the state.
I have three amazing older children that were all born at home, and that I had the opportunity of homeschooling K-12. I find that my experiences as a mother have become a huge part of the way I practice and relate to the birthing women and their babies that I now have the privilege of serving at Origins.
JulieI became interested in midwifery while pregnant with my fourth child. I had been cared for by an OB during my middle pregnancies who allowed choices in birth, like squatting, no IV, no continuous monitoring, and honored my need for a quiet and calm birth. For me, those births were empowering and I wanted to know more, so when I became pregnant with my fourth I started looking for alternatives to hospital birth. I read Ina May Gaskin’s Spiritual Midwifery and I was hooked. After this, I became a nurse for the sole purpose of becoming a midwife.
That road to becoming a midwife was long and full of new experiences. Working as an RN in labor and delivery gave me insight into what I love about birth and what the problematic points of hospital birth are. A crossroads in my life gave me the opportunity to finally go to midwifery school. I attended Frontier Nursing University and graduated in May 2018. All of my training occurred in the hospital; in Abilene with an amazingly strong and lone CNM, and in Galveston at UTMB with a diverse array of midwives in a challenging environment.
Being given this opportunity to work at Origins is a full circle dream. I am loving the support I have received and the holistic support I am witnessing being given to the women who choose Origins for their care. I am excited about the possibilities available here and the new relationships with patients that I am already experiencing. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and your stories. I am committed to caring for women with compassion and competence.
I am married to the world’s kindest man, have four amazing children, two incredible daughters-in-law, and five brilliant grandchildren. I understand the importance of family and what that means to each of you and your choices about birth.
PRECONCEPTIONPreconception visits are available for women planning on or trying to conceive. At this visit we will discuss lifestyle choices, nutrition, vitamin supplementation, exercise and optimizing your chances for conception. We can perform some of the pre-pregnancy lab work such as a pap smear, your Vitamin D and thyroid levels (if desired) and help you prepare for pregnancy issues such as morning sickness. The cost of this visit is $200.00 plus labs and if you conceive within one year of the appointment and begin care with us, we’ll apply the entire price to your midwifery fee. It’s all part of our commitment to healthy mamas and healthy babies!
PRENATALAt Origins we believe in supporting women physically, emotionally and spiritually throughout her pregnancy. Your prenatal care is an opportunity for us to build a trusting relationship with each other, for us to educate you on the physiological process of pregnancy and birth, and for you educate us on your body, your baby, and your birth desires. All of these things work in harmony to create positive birth experiences. We laugh, we cry, and we grow together.
- 1st appointment – 28: weeks are monthly appointments
- 28 weeks – 36: weeks are bi-monthly appointments
- 36 weeks to birth of your baby: weekly appointments
- Medical/Pregnancy History
- Risk Assessment
- Nutritional, Herbal, and Homeopathic Counseling
- All lab work required by the state of Texas and any additional that are indicated
- Urinalysis at Each Prenatal Visit
- Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Assessment of Fetal Heart Tones and Position of Baby
- 24-Hour Access to Your Midwives
- Pregnancy/Childbirth Education
- Diagnostic Sonogram Referrals
- Breastfeeding Preparation
- Consulting Physician Referrals as Indicated
- Extensive Professional Referrals and Resources for All of Your Pregnancy Needs
LABOR/BIRTHAt Origins, we believe that birth is sacred. Whether you are birthing at our luxury birth center, or at home, we will enter your birthing environment calmly and quietly, joining you as you labor. Using our vast knowledge of positional and relaxation techniques, we will support you during one of the most intimate experiences of your life. Respectful and personalized care that reflects your beliefs and birth choices.
- Family involvement throughout the labor and birth process is welcome and encouraged
- Labor support and comfort techniques including positional guidance, massage, hydrotherapy, and use of essential oils
- Full clinical assessment of maternal and fetal health throughout the labor and birthing process
- Techniques for avoiding perineal lacerations by gently guiding you through your pushing stage and the use of warm compresses and water birth
- Perineal evaluation and if necessary, use of numbing agents and advanced suturing skills or other repair techniques
- Immediate and continuous skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby to promote bonding and encourage the initiation of breastfeeding
- Delayed cord clamping to assist with transition of baby as he/she begins to breathe on their own, as well as allowing the completion of blood volume to the newborn
- Therapeutic herbal bath for mother and newborn to aid in bonding and healing
- Comprehensive newborn examination
- Breastfeeding support
- All birth attendants are current with CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation certifications and have immediate access to resuscitation equipment including oxygen
- IV fluids and IV antibiotics available if indicated
- Access to anti-hemorrhage medications
- Erythromycin and Vitamin K injection available for the newborn, if indicated or requested
- VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
POSTPARTUMThere is nothing quite like holding your long-awaited newborn baby, studying their features, and falling in love with them as they are falling in love with you. Navigating this precious, yet often challenging season of your life can feel overwhelming at times. We are here to support, encourage, and guide you through this sacred time, not just as your midwives, but from our mother’s hearts to yours. By the time our journey comes to a close, we are woven together through the intimacy of birth, and the bond of motherhood.
- Follow-up care appointments: postpartum visit within the first 72 hours, and again at 2 weeks and 6 weeks postpartum
- Breastfeeding counseling and support
- Newborn physical exams and weight checks
- Metabolic newborn screening tests done at initial postpartum visit and again at the 2 week visit
- Continued assessments of the physiological and emotional well-being of the new mother
- Pap smears available at final postpartum visit, if needed
- Family dynamics/Sibling advice
- Family planning counseling
- Documentation of birth certificate and social security filed with the state
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Home & Birth Center Births
- Babies navigate the birth canal on their own – no pulling or tugging on their head and then waiting for natural rotation
- Their first touch should be from the hands of those who love them
- Their first sounds should be from the voices of those who love them
- Leaving the cord intact so baby can be sustained with oxygenated blood during the transition to breathing on their own
- Continuous skin-to-skin contact with mama
- Baby-led breastfeeding – babies left in peace to find mama’s nipple and latch on, finishing the rotations of birth and breastfeeding.
- Treat all babies gently, with dignity and respect