Midwifery care, farmhouse environment.
Hi there, I am Laura Reeder, the midwife. My interest in birth developed with my childhood experiences helping our farm animals give birth. I began my career earning a Bachelors of Science in Community Health Education from UAB. I served St. Vincent's Health System for twelve years, first as a Nursing Assistant through college and later as a Health Educator/Wellness Coordinator. I have been a certified Bradley Method® Instructor and Doula since 2012. My husband and I have been blessed with four children—three boys and a girl. We live on a small farm where we homeschool our children, grow most of our own food, and milk our family cow. When Midwifery was legalized in Alabama, we made the decision for me to pursue becoming a Licensed Midwife. I completed my CPM/LM requirements in 2019. I feel that God’s hand led me each step of the way. Midwifery combines aspects of every job I have loved over the years. I love the hands-on skills, the educational aspects, and the holistic approach to wellness involved in midwifery care. I am grateful to participate in those holy moments when a woman becomes a mother and a child enters the world to join their family. I am fascinated with identifiable ways mothers instinctively cope with birth when surrounded by a supportive birth team and a calm environment. It is my ambition to provide quality, holistic midwifery care that is tailored to each individual client.
Hello All! I am Janae, Laura's birthing assistant. I am a Nurse Practitioner with 10 years of nursing experience, including 6 years working in Labor and Delivery. My journey to birth work began as a young child sitting at my grandmother's feet listening to her stories from UAB's Labor and Delivery. I also believe my interest in birth work was destined, as my first name Ayshea (ah-she-ah) is derived from Arabic meaning woman and Swahili meaning life. I say it was always my destiny to help women bring life into the world, as it was spoken over me every time my name was called. I feel that my work experience in labor and delivery and my training as a doula especially equips me to assist you as I can support you and help navigate any outcome in any setting. I look forward to witnessing your strength and the new life you bring to the world!
Hello! I'm Jenna. I'm a proud military wife and mother to four beautiful children, two boys and two girls. I knew before starting nursing school that I wanted to work in labor and delivery and/or help with breastfeeding and postpartum care. I received my bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Alabama in 2008, worked in the intensive care unit, and later moved into labor and delivery. I am a certified yoga instructor and have enjoyed teaching classes in the three states I have resided in, from sunrise yoga in Alabama, to sunrise yoga on the beach in Mississippi, and then night classes with some lovely ladies in North Carolina. I began my homeschool journey when my oldest was in the first grade and I'm now in my seventh year and loving it! I am a country girl at heart that lives in the city with chickens, plenty of houseplants, and a small garden in our backyard! I love spending time in nature with my family, Sundays at church, reading books, walking my dog, spending time with friends, educating our children, and taking them to their sports, music, church, and school activities! I have a heart for supporting women's physical and mental health, especially before, during, and after childbirth. I couldn't be happier to be serving Farmhouse Midwifery in this way!
Hey ya'll. I'm Andrea. I am a follower of Christ, wife to Jacob, and mom to Barrett. We are a family of three living the farm life in Somerville, AL. I am a Farmhouse Midwifery Birth Assistant, an EMT, Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, and I also teach horse riding lessons at our family farm, Cedar Cove Equestrian.. In my experience, birthing people do not receive the amount of support they deserve. Birth and becoming a parent is something that should be honored and given the proper support. I am so thankful to be be able to provide these needed services.
Hi I am Dr. Ashleigh, a life-long resident of the North Jefferson County area. I attended the University of Alabama and received a B.S. Degree in Food and Nutrition in 2013. It wasn’t long after graduating from my undergraduate studies when I felt the tug at my heart to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. Following in my father’s footsteps, I graduated from Life University in Atlanta, GA in September 2017. I am honored to be serving the North Jefferson and Cullman County Areas. In my spare time, I enjoy working out and thrifting with my husband, Alex, who is the owner of Thrive Fitness in Gardendale. We also enjoy spending time with our two dogs. I am an active member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and certified in the ICPA’s Webster Technique, a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment. The Webster Technique helps achieve a state of balance in the pelvis that may contribute to a safer, easier birth outcome.
Dr. Stephanie Perez is a pelvic floor physical therapist. Working with patients over the past ten years she realized that while there are therapy services available, sometimes it is hard to find the time to make it to appointments due to babies, naps, busy schedules, or location. She created Empowered Wellness Physical Therapy in order to provide pelvic floor therapy on a local, concierge, and virtual platform, allowing for greater access to women's health services so that everyone can get the help and healing that they need. She treats women who experience pelvic floor dysfunction, which includes urinary/fecal incontinence, painful sex, constipation, pelvic organ prolapse, low back/hip pain, and diastasis recti.
I am DeAnn Duke, the herbalist at Weeds N Roots Herbals. I have studied herbs and natural health for 18 years and have been blessed and honored to have many wonderful, herbalist teachers throughout my years of learning. I am married to my best friend of 28 years and am the mother to 8 wonderful children. My family helps in the wild crafting of our local plants for use in the business. I am passionate about producing plant remedies and I am honored to serve you!
My name is Marilyn Echols. I teach the Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth and am a Certified Doula. I live in Cullman, AL with my husband, Blake Echols, and two, soon to be three, children. We recently purchased some property, and are aspiring homesteaders. I became interested in natural childbirth in 2015, when I was pregnant with my first child. Since taking the Bradley Method course, I have been passionate about sharing the information I learned with anyone who will listen. This passion eventually led me to become a certified instructor and doula. I look forward to teaching and training many new mothers and fathers on how to have a successful and enjoyable unmedicated birth experience.
Heidi founded Central Alabama Lactation Services in 2018. She has been an RN working exclusively with mothers and babies for over 21 years. She has been an IBCLC for 14 of those years. She has worked newborn nursery, level 3 NICU, bedside hospital lactation, outpatient lactation, and led breastfeeding support groups during that time. She has taught prenatal breastfeeding classes, spoke at breastfeeding conferences, and acted as an expert advisor for Hatch Baby. She has also been a hospital department manager over a large lactation department. Heidi is Masterclass certified to provide care for babies with tongue and lip ties. Her passion is coaching families through breastfeeding issues and seeing them confidently meet their original breastfeeding goals. She is a wife and mother to 4 breastfed children, with 6 years of personal breastfeeding experience. Heidi’s provides in-home visits in Jefferson, Walker, Cullman, Blount Counties. Heidi’s business provides in-home lactation consults for mothers in Anniston, Oxford, Jacksonville, Gasden, Clinton, Birmingham-metro, and all points in between.
Hey all! I’m Morgan the owner and principal photographer of Morgan Paige Photography LLC; follower of Jesus, wife to my BFF and mom/homeschool mama of 3. I have a child with special medical needs so I was the queen of clean and quarantine before it was a thing. I love coffee, the outdoors and am a hippie at heart. I love animals and worked as a surgical vet tech and animal behaviorist for 16 years. I’m a Southern California native so like totally stick out in Alabama but, I absolutely love it here! I studied photography in college. I’ve also had the incredible opportunity to be mentored, trained and educated by some of the industry’s best photographers and graphic artists. I have a full service studio location with sets and print ordering services in Hanceville, AL. I also travel to shoot on location. The vision for my business is to provide a relaxed atmosphere, with a safe and fun experience for my clients. I provide milestone photography services; from engagements to lifestyle, toddlers to seniors and everything in between. I have special training in newborn posing and safety and absolutely love documenting all the sweet details of new life. The things that matter in your life matter to me too and I want to be there to help you capture those milestone moments with real life documentary style pictures. I am a visual storyteller; an artist providing timeless photographs of memories that you will treasure for a lifetime.
My name is Sheena Johnson. I am a full-time Christ follower, wife, and homeschooling mom of three children. My hobby is my side gig—personal training. I have been a lover of fitness for over 20 years since I picked up my first weights in my dad’s small gym. I love feeling strong and mobile and being functionally fit. I am constantly wanting to learn more. Over the past two years, I have directed much of my continuing education toward learning about maintaining a fit pregnancy and recovering during the postpartum stages. Pregnancy and motherhood is a beautiful thing. It does not “ruin” anyone’s body as I have heard people say, but instead it presents unique adaptations that need to be considered and often addressed. My goal is to assist women in a way that is specific to them, not just another cookie-cutter prenatal or postpartum program. I want to help the inactive pregnant mom learn to love moving her body in a healthy way and the lifelong fit chick continue to do what she loves in a safe way without fear. We will focus on learning the importance of breathing, posture and protecting the integrity of your core while learning to mitigate many changes that often accompany pregnancy. Furthermore, what you do immediately postpartum has vast importance on restoring your core and your body to optimal function. We will approach your recovery from a holistic level postpartum and work on reaching your fitness goals. Please feel free to contact me with questions and see what is a good fit for your needs!!
Dr Melissa Matthews was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After completing her Bachelors of Art at the University of Winnipeg, she attended Life University in Marietta, Georgia. Dr. Melissa graduated in 2012. Life University is where she met her husband, Dr. Jubal Matthews. They were married September 2013. Together, they opened their office, Jubilee Family Chiropractic, February 2014. Their office is family-focused, with an emphasis on pediatric and pregnancy care. Together, Drs. Melissa and Jubal are raising two sweet boys and a perfect Aussiedoodle named Pumpkin.
Dr. Melissa is Webster’s Certified through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Additionally, Dr. Melissa is Schaefer Protocol certified, which is a protocol that focuses on optimal preconception health.
Dr. Melissa is an equine enthusiast, dabbles in photography, loves coffee and fluffy, white snow. She and Pumpkin have competed in Rally and have earned a few titles. Dr. Melissa loves to talk about all things “crunchy mama” and offers a Baby Wearing Lending Library out of the office.