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
Founders of Origins
Founders Gina Thomson, CPM, LM and Kaitlyn Wages, CPM, LM started Origins with a dream to provide a safe place for families to grow in a loving and supportive environment. In 2013 we joined forces after having served the D/FW birth community for many years. Our dream became reality when we purchased the first Origins location in Fort Worth in 2014. As Origins grew we were able to expand and move to a much larger location that is now Origins Birth and Wellness Collective - Fort Worth in 2015. In 2018 we opened our second location in Dallas, allowing us to serve more families and provide them with the Origins experience.
Over the years, it has been a blessing to be able to serve so many families - and we have achieved our mission to birth not only babies, but strong women, fathers, siblings, and grandparents. Being able to give women their bodily autonomy back, empower partners to take an active role with the pregnancy and birth of their children, and provide family centered care has impacted our lives, right along with yours! Our vision for Origins serving our D/FW community came to fruition and then proceeded to exceed all of our expectations. We look forward to what the future holds for Origins as the Lord continues to bless our mission!
Meet The Staff
Justine CPM, LMMy 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”.
Brianna CPM, LMI have an incredible little (big) family of 7, with 5 little humans, so we are busy and happy bunch. A little bit about me: I am a 4th generation midwife, with established midwifery records dating back to the early 1900’s. How cool is that!?
In 1994, I witnessed my brother being born at home. It was magical, and completely amazing to witness at just seven years old. At that point, I thought being a Veterinarian would be the perfect and fun job for me. I quickly came to realize I actually just had a crazy deep love for dogs, and midwifery was my true calling. Since that realization, I have never considered anything else.
Growing up watching my mother empower and help these beautiful families grow just made sense, I knew it’s what was in my heart. To me, her leaving dinners or holidays always meant she was going somewhere special, it was never a disappointment for me. I began birth assisting with my mom in early 2006, still just a senior in high school. This lit something fierce within me that solidified that this is what I would be doing forever. Not long after graduating high school, I did some traveling and exploring and had my own babies in 2008 and 2011. I finished my nursing prerequisites and shortly after that, started midwifery school. I began in Fall 2011 and was officially a licensed midwife in the Fall of 2014.
Rachel CPM, LMMy journey to midwifery started as a young girl. I wanted to be involved with pregnant mamas and babies but wasn't sure of what that would look like. My friends and I would pretend to be pregnant and I would be the one to "deliver" their baby!
The birth of my first son in 2010 really sparked the midwifery passion. There were no midwife options in our small military town and I ended up with traditional OB care and the cascade of interventions in the hospital that ultimately led to a cesarean birth. I did doula training after his birth and learned more about the pathways to midwifery. My second son was born at a birth center with a CPM in 2013!
I stayed home a few years to raise my babies and in 2016 I started my midwifery apprenticeship and schooling. I graduated in 2018 and in early 2019 became a CPM and Licensed Midwife in the state of Texas. Guiding women through pregnancy, birth and postpartum is so special and I feel honored to be allowed to walk with so many special mamas at such a sweet time in their lives.
Darlene Clinical DirectorMy name is Darlene Curtis and I am the mother of four beautiful children, and ten grandchildren. Since witnessing the birth of my little brother, I knew that I wanted to do birth work. It just took me a while to figure out exactly in what capacity. When I witnessed my first home birth, I knew at that moment that I wanted to be a midwife. But first, I had to finish having my own babies.
After the birth of my third child Cody, I completed the Doula training course and quickly became immersed in birth as a Birthing Assistant. At the same time, I was also a facilitator for a Cesarean/VBAC Support group, and attended about 50 Vaginal Births After Cesarean. I loved what I was doing and learned so much. By the time I had my last baby in 1994, I had attended well over 100 births and finally had my own home birth that I had always dreamed of. It was such a wonderful experience being at home, supported my family and midwives, that it only served to cement in my heart that I was on the right path.
After completing two years of nursing prerequisites, I enrolled in the Seattle Midwifery School in 1996, and because of my previous experience was able to graduate early in the summer of 1998. By this time I had welcomed over 250 babies and I loved every moment! One of my other dreams was to someday open my own birth center in Washington. So, as soon as I obtained my midwifery license, I quickly began pursuing my dream. In May of 1999 I started a birth center in Seattle! My dream was finally a reality, I couldn't believe it!
I served on the Board of Directors for the Midwives Association of Washington State and am proud to share that I received the Annual Award of The Midwives Association of Washington State for Outstanding Merit and Service in October of 2000. I also created the QA/QI program for birthing centers for the Washington Department of Health. In 2004 I was the co-creator of the Quality Midwifery Program through my professional organization MAWS. I also served as the co-chair for the QMP as the Peer Review Coordinator as well, and I am devoted to continually striving to promote midwifery and let the world know about the wonderful option of midwifery care. I continued to serve families at my beautiful birthing center until 2020, when my family brought me to Texas. In 2021, I was blessed to join the fabulous team at Origins as the Clinical Director and am loving my new role here.
I feel blessed to be able to witness amazing women give birth, and watching as another new family is born. I am truly honored now to help guide midwives in serving families and birthing babies!
Chrissy WHNP, APRNMy passion for healing began in 2009 when I started my medical career in Aeromedical Evacuation Rescue with the United States Air Force. That passion grew further during my experiences in critical care and trauma within diverse clinical environments. Through change and growth, life brought me to Texas where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through the University of Texas. The intensity of my previous experiences led me to the ICU in Dallas County’s largest hospital. Through my journey working as a Registered Nurse in the ICU, I knew God was calling me for something more. I discovered an incredible path in women’s healthcare and learned everything I could in Women’s Emergency Services. Influencing and caring for women holistically on a deeper level provided both my patients and me an experience that could never be matched. I felt I had more to learn and my desire to provide a more extensive level of care, led me to complete my Master of Science in Nursing -Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner degree, at the University of Cincinnati. My passion for empowering women continues to gain strength and understanding. I strive to give the choice to women in their own healthcare needs through holistic and comprehensive collaboration. I was blessed enough to deliver our second daughter in 2017 through Origins with three amazing midwives, after a very traumatizing first birth experience 12 years prior. The genuine love and personalized care I received changed my life forever. I knew my calling was to give that feeling back to other women. God created the experience I had prayed for, in all it’s turns and surprises, leading me full circle back to my Origins family, now getting to serve women beside the women I already loved so much.
With the support of my husband and two precious daughters, I’m able to live my dream of pursuing everything that women’s healthcare has to offer. There are no limits to what we can achieve in our industry, continuing to better health care practices and autonomy for each individual woman. “Every part of you is so beautiful, my darling. Perfect is your beauty, without flaw within” ~Song of Songs 4:7
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 $100 of this 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
Take A Tour
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