Midwife - Alexandra Wyatt, LM, CPM
I first became interested in the birthing process and becoming a midwife while I was still in high school. I used to watch "A Baby Story" and could not put my finger on why I liked it, but also felt that something was missing. One day, there was an episode of a home birth with a Midwife and Doula present, and suddenly everything made sense and it was as if God was saying, "See, this is what I have intended for you". I have always been fascinated with the process of how a child perfectly develops in the womb and how a woman’s body is designed to bring that child into this world, so naturally I decided to get into birth work.
I began my journey by becoming a Birth Doula through Doulas of North America (DONA) in 2004. After getting married to my wonderful husband Jeff in 2005, we welcomed our daughter Keira the following year during a water birth at a local birthing center with a midwife. My birth experience with her further confirmed for me that I was not supposed to remain in a doula role, but that God was encouraging me to have an even larger impact on my clients and their families. While I loved helping my families as their doula, it never felt quite….complete. So I began my path toward becoming a midwife in 2008.
Along the way in 2010, I had a water birth at home where I birthed my son Hunter into my own hands, with my midwife standing by, and my family surrounding me in support. After what was probably the five hardest years in the lives of my family and myself, in February of 2013, I graduated from the National College of Midwifery and became a Certified Professional Midwife and a Licensed Midwife in the state of Texas. I could not have done all of my schooling and midwifery training without their support and am so grateful everyday that God has blessed me with such an amazing family.
When I am not busy supporting my clients as they bring new life into the world, I love to read books while snuggling with my cats, sit on our porch watching our dogs and goats play, and have "Family Movie Night" with my husband and kids. It might be a crazy life that I live, but I would not have it any other way!
Student Midwife - Sarah Pohlmeyer
As a child I knew I wanted to have a career in healthcare, I have always had a passion to nurture and care for people. I married my high school sweetheart, Nathan in 2006. We came to Lubbock for Texas Tech and stayed to raise our family. We have two amazing boys at home, that keep us busy in all the best ways. If you stop by our house be ready for spontaneous Nerf Gun wars, and to be greeted by the “old ladies" our sweet basset hounds. 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.
My first delve into birth work was as a doula, I called my husband and told him, “I found my people!” after my first DONA doula workshop. In 2014 I joined the doula team at UMC. I have spent the last 5 years working as a childbirth educator, a certified lactation counselor (CLC), and a birth and bereavement doula. While gathering resources during my doula work, I found the organization Stillbirthday. This organization helped me to further heal my grieving heart after the prenatal losses of some of my children. I also found that this was a second calling. I extended my doula work to include bereavement care, helping families experiencing loss, and families coping with pregnancy after a loss. This brought me to my involvement with Hope Mommies. A ministry helping connect new families who are experiencing infant loss with other families who have walked the path before, helping them find community and Hope as they figure out how to continue on without their babies in their arms.
Serving families as a doula has been such a privilege, and I am eager to expand my service to midwifery. As a doula I have attended births inside and outside of the hospital environment with several midwives in the area. This has only grown my love for this type of healthcare. In 2015 I first met Alex at a local birth worker meet and greet and instantly connected with her and her passion for birthing families. When I was hired as the doula for one of her clients, I was able to further see how she interacted with them so openly and genuinely cared for them. At this point I knew that was the kind of midwife I wanted to become. I am so excited to start my apprenticeship as a midwifery student with Heritage Births.
Birth Assistant - Krystal Layher, RN, BSN
I have been a registered nurse in Lubbock for 9 years with experience in Surgical ICU, cardiac, physical rehab, and medical-surgical units. I am married to my wonderful husband Scott and we have 3 little girls who are the lights of our life.
I started my journey with natural health in 2013 when my second daughter Allyson was born. I wanted to give myself and my family the best chance to thrive and depend on what the Lord has given us. I had my last two daughters naturally and experienced how our bodies are powerful and capable of handling labor in a beautiful way. I had two very supportive doulas who made our birthing experience so much better.
I love seeing life come into the world and being part of what God has designed for women to do. I am currently pursuing my masters in nursing education and want to specialize in holistic health. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, yoga, gardening with my kiddos and cooking with my hubby. Our families are a beautiful thing and I can’t wait to see yours grow, too!
Birth Assistant - Laura Blevins, RN
I grew up in Central Texas (Austin, to be exact), in a family of outstanding nurses. My mother was an ICU nurse and then a surgery nurse. My aunt is now a Family Nurse Practitioner, and my grandparents were volunteer EMT’s when I was young. I was surrounded by family who had a heart for serving others, and the culture in my family was always to put others’ needs first. Caring for others’ health and wellness was a top priority. My mother and aunt would frequently talk about nursing and their patients. It was clear to us, even as children, that nursing was a fulfilling profession.
By high school I knew I wanted to be involved in the birth process. I was unsure about what role I wanted to play; doctor or nurse. Early in college I met my husband and became pregnant with our first child. This made my decision easier for me. I decided nursing school was the way to go, and Labor & Delivery soon became my dream job. I graduated from nursing school in Austin, in 2005 and landed that dream job in labor and delivery at Seton Medical Center.
Meanwhile my husband started to pursue his dream job and we had second child. In 2009 my husband was accepted to Texas Tech Law School and we moved, our then family of 4, to Lubbock, TX. I began working at the Family Birth Center at UMC and have loved it there. In 2012 we had our third child, and then in 2014 we had our surprise fourth! My husband has started his own law practice and we are loving living in Lubbock. We have fallen in love with our community and the pace of Lubbock.
While working at UMC I met Sarah Pohlmeyer. I have told her many times that she makes me a better nurse, and I can’t tell you how true that is. Caring for the entire patient, using more skills than traditional medicine, and seeing all that she does to improve the birth experience for her clients has been a wonderful experience for me. Through her I met Alex and have had the opportunity to start assisting with home birth clients. I truly love being a part of this birth team, and it is such an honor for me to work with Alex and Sarah in this capacity. Their passion to provide the best care possible, in the preferred environment of the patient, is something that feels so good and natural to me! I look forward to bringing my experience and passion to this already wonderful team!
Birth Assistant - Mauni Aycock, MSN, RNC-OB
I was 19 years old when I had my first baby. I was scared and unsure what my pathway of life consisted of. I had the most amazing labor and delivery nurse during my 14-hour labor. From my experience with her, I knew I wanted to be a nurse, and I specifically wanted to be a labor and delivery nurse. I wanted to comfort women the way she comforted me, to ease anxiety, and to help a family transition from the addition of a new life.
My 12-year nursing career has lead me from post-surgical care to labor and delivery to couplet care to home health to cardiac back to labor and delivery to OB/GYN office nursing back to labor and delivery and couplet care again. I feel my calling and my path always sends me back to take care of mommas, babies, and the whole family unit. I love the excitement labor and delivery gives me as well as the postpartum education I can give when I am in couplet care. I love being in a role to offer support, encouragement, motivation, and ease tension and anxiety. I am currently a postpartum nurse who gets the chance to pick up shifts or float down to labor and delivery when the unit is busy.
My husband, Brandon and I now have 3 children with one more coming November 2018. We live East of Lubbock on a farm/ranch. We have many cows, chickens, horses and dogs to keep us busy. When I am not chasing my kids around from basketball to track to cheerleading to practices, we enjoy the nice quiet nights, beautiful sunsets, and wide-open skies and stars from our back yard.
Joining the team at Heritage Births is a great blessing to me. I love the freedom and support a home birth or birth center birth has to offer. I know hospital births are often necessary in many scenarios but can still be compassionate with mom-centered care. Our mommas are able to let go of their tension and progress as their body is made to do when they are in a familiar comfortable environment. The support, comfort, empowerment, and motivation our team has to offer helps the process of what your body as a mom is made for. I hope to be there for you to remind the anxious mother you really can do this.
Birth Assistant - Kristen Ashmore, RN, BSN
I decided as a young college student that I wanted someday to play a part in helping mothers and families bring their children into the world. However, I did not know in what capacity I wished to do so. I considered medical school, nursing, physician assistant and other modalities. In an effort to help discern which role I felt was a good fit for me, I shadowed health practitioners in various settings and levels of education. It was not until I had the opportunity to shadow a nurse midwife during nursing school that I finally found a profession that I could completely get behind. I began to work in the medical field as a paramedic in 2013, met and married my superb husband, welcomed our 2 sons into this world and currently work as a cardiac ICU nurse.
I had the great fortune to give birth to our second son at home, with the expertise and support of Alex and the companionship of my husband. Having had both a home birth and hospital birth, I have experienced firsthand the difference and I am so excited to be part of such an excellent team that offers our community something so important; a choice in how to bring new family members into the world.
I love to spend time with my boys and husband, enjoying the parks around lubbock, a good movie, and meals with my mom. Times that are just for me involve reading a good book, enjoying a cup of coffee, yoga and hip hop workouts, and patio dates with my husband.
The road from my start to my present has been delicate, but each place I have been is through divine providence and I know that being a part of Heritage Births is no different. The miracle of birth is such a beautiful moment, and I look forward to supporting mommas and families as they explore their strength and the beauty of bringing each unique, new life into this world!
Birth Assistant - Caroline Jones
I started college not knowing that I would become a nurse. I always shoveled nursing out of the picture since my mother was a nurse and I just knew that was not what I wanted to do. As my sophomore year of college came and went I took a look at what credits I had and what I wanted to take next year and sure enough, they matched well with the pre-nursing education track. I sort of fell into nursing without knowing where it would lead me. Time came to go to nursing school and out of my class I was one of the few excited for the obstetric portion of our education. As soon as I had my first labor and delivery clinical I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
I currently work as a labor and delivery nurse and love every minute of it. Each birth that I attend and help with is beautiful in its own way. Serving others as they welcome new life into the world brings me so much joy. In my spare time I enjoy baking cookies and soaking up as many sweet moments with my husband and baby girl as I can get!
I am so thankful and excited to be a part of Heritage Births. This is something I feel called to. I think it is incredible that women in our area have the choice give birth outside of the hospital. Home birth and birth center birth offer such a natural, calm, beautiful, peaceful, warm and welcoming environment and I am looking forward to all of the beautiful new life that is to come.