The Heartbeat Team!
A birth team which works seamlessly together is one of the most important factors for a safe birth and a calm and supportive birthing atmosphere. Each Heartbeat team member contributes to Heartbeat's core values of teamwork, professionalism, honesty, empathy, and service. What they do means much more to them than a paycheck.
Owner, Certified Professional & Licensed Midwife, Certified Lactation Specialist
As the most experienced Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) in Lubbock, having attended over 1000 deliveries, she has been described as calming, reassuring, and confident. She is also a Certified Lactation Specialist who is passionate about natural health care.
"I am the wife and mother of four busy and resilient children; I enjoy being outside, listening to music, and sewing. My husband, as the business manager for Heartbeat Midwifery, has been a constant source of encouragement and support as we work together to empower and support the families in this community.
God gave me a passion when I was 19 to be a part of the miracle of new life. Over the years I have been blessed with opportunities to work with families across the US, and internationally in Asia and Africa.
I enjoy every phase of the childbearing year. It gives me deep satisfaction to provide families with a safe and professional environment where they can birth the way they want!
Midwife, Licensed Massage Therapist
Courtney received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Idaho while working as a massage therapist and gained several years of experience alongside a chiropractor. Her experience brings a unique set of skills for birthing moms!
“I thought I was done with school, and off-hand mentioned to a friend, ‘if I could go back and do it all over again, I’d be a midwife!’. Just a few weeks later, the opportunity to study midwifery on the mission field made this possible. I’m honoured and thankful for the training and experience gained through midwifery as well as the opportunity to love others with Christ’s love.”
She completed her midwifery training at a charity clinic in the Philippines where she spent 2.5 years caring for hundreds of women in low resource settings and learned more deeply of God’s love for His children.
Students are the key to the future of midwifery in West Texas. Our goal at Heartbeat Midwifery is to serve our community by investing in the women of Lubbock so that they, in turn, can care for the families in our community. Our students are a valuable part of who we are at Heartbeat.
Student Midwife, Certified Lactation Counselor
Sarah is a student midwife who has been involved in the birth community, serving hundreds of families since 2013. She started her work as a birth doula and continued to expand her scope serving families as a certified lactation counselor (CLC), bereavement doula, childbirth educator and placenta encapsulator. From a young age, Sarah showed interest in a career in healthcare but it wasn’t until her own journey into motherhood that she began to develop an interest in women’s health.
“Our journey to start our family was not easy, as we fought through complications and loss. My experiences helped me realize the importance of women’s healthcare and spurred my passion to empower women in making their own childbirth and healthcare choices as a midwife. Serving families as a doula has been such a privilege, and I’m eager to expand my services to midwifery. I feel called to offer more through the holistic and collaborative form of care that midwifery provides. I love that midwifery creates space for relationships of real trust to be built between care providers and clients.”
Emily spent almost a year gaining experience as a birth assistant with Heartbeat before becoming a student. Her energy for life, love of birth, and commitment to professionalism are some of the many qualities which will make her an exceptional midwife. Currently, she is also studying to be a nurse specializing in labor and delivery.
“I am the oldest of seven children and really have a heart for family. Since I was in my mid-teens, I felt God’s calling for me to work in the field of midwifery, and I am excited to serve Him and our clients in that way.
Besides learning more about childbirth, I enjoy spending time with my friends and siblings, working on a sewing or crochet project, or playing the piano.”
We love our Birth Assistants and we believe you will too! They are a wonderful group of dedicated women who are passionate about natural birth. Each birth assistant has passed an intensive Birth Assistant course, is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR, and regular emergency drills and refresher training. Their primary role is to assist the midwife in the safe delivery of each baby at Heartbeat Midwifery but you may also see them teaching birthing classes in the evenings at Heartbeat!
Birth Assistant, Certified Lactation Counsellor
April is a lover of all things birth and breastfeeding and has been involved in maternal care and birth since 2014. She is a DONA Certified Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Education Counselor(CLEC), and Birth Assistant. She also has a B.S. in Public Health which has been focused on maternal and infant health and nutrition. Being bi-lingual she is a great help with our Spanish speaking families.
"Born and raised in Texas, I am a wife and mom of three sweet children. Aside from my love of birth and breastfeeding, I also love to cook, play volleyball, jam out to music, binge watch Netflix, and spend time outdoors with my family.
I am very excited to be a part of such a sacred and special time for you and your family!"
Our office staff insure that the birth team is able to do their job. Heartbeat would not function smoothly day-to-day without the tireless hours and ingenuity they put into the Birth Center.
Birth Assistant & Office Manager
Jenn is passionate about helping moms with their options for childbirth. She has experience as a birth doula, currently works at Covenant administering Newborn Hearing Screenings, and is pursuing her Certified Breastfeeding Counselor certificate (CBC) in order to be better equipped to do what she loves.
“I can be described as the chaos coordinator in my house. I am blessed with three little ones and an amazing husband who encouraged me to pursue my passion which led me to the birth world. When I’m not chasing around my kids you can often find me deep in a good book or testing out a new recipe!”
Having served as a Missionary Pilot and Aircraft Technician in Botswana and Tanzania, Jacob now does everything from designing the website to overseeing the Quality Assurance Program.
"It is very rewarding to see that what I do frees up everyone else to focus on moms and babies. Empowering the Heartbeat Midwifery team to help families through childbirth and maternity care is my job description and I love it!"