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.
My name is Kari Self, I’m a Christian, a wife, and a mother of three beautiful daughters. We live on a blueberry farm, just outside Birmingham. When I am not trimming blueberry bushes, you will find me feeding the catfish, tending the sheep, collecting eggs, or jarring honey. I have been working as a midwife assistant since 2020. I truly love being able to support my midwife, the laboring mothers, and their partners through the miracle of birth. It is my privilege and joy to serve and encourage the amazing mothers who have chosen the beautiful path of home birth.
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!
My name is Lauren Burks and I have been a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer for 8 years with my specialty being Obstetric and Gynecological sonography. I worked as a travel sonographer for several years doing contract work all over the US, where I worked in OB clinics, outpatient centers, and hospitals including a contract at UCLA. My travels also allowed me 10 months of work at a private pregnancy clinic in Scotland. I am a firm believer in allowing the body to do what it was created to do. I have had two unmedicated births with the second being a home water birth with Farmhouse Midwifery. I am excited to offer ultrasounds in house at Farmhouse Midwifery starting at 10 weeks gestation. I use a state of the art Butterfly Ultrasound System that will be projected onto the television screen so the whole family can watch. The images can then be both texted and emailed to you to download and keep.
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.
Hi friends, I’m Meagan!
I am a follower of Christ, a wife, a mom, a nurse, and a lactation consultant. My off days consist of chasing a busy little boy around, collecting eggs on our small farm, and helping my husband in the garden. I am a registered nurse and have been working in pediatrics for the past six years. I am currently working in lactation, where I am helping moms breastfeed or pump while their child is in the hospital. After my own breastfeeding journey and hearing other moms personal stories of struggle, guilt, and misinformation, it is my goal to help guide you to a place where you feel empowered and thankful for your breastfeeding journey!
Hi, I’m Nyah. I’m a licensed massage therapist. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time in nature, hiking, cooking with friends, and playing with my two dogs. I was born at home. My mother is a midwife. I have been raised in and around the birthing community. I hope to use my background as a stepping stone to help women feel better during and after pregnancy through massage therapy.
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!!
Hi I’m Heather! I am a wife and homeschooling mom to two kids. I am also a Licensed Placenta Encapsulation Specialist and DNA Jewelry keepsake artist. I learned about placenta encapsulation while pregnant with my son and knew I had to try it. After experiencing the amazing benefits first hand, I became licensed to encapsulate for other mothers so they, too, could have better postpartum experiences! As a trained phlebotomist I am familiar with the importance of working around blood borne pathogens. I am a certified IPPA (International Placenta & Postpartum Association) Independent Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. I am also certified in postpartum health through IPPA. I offer Placenta Encapsulation & Jewelry, Prints, Tinctures, Breastmilk Jewelry, Bengkung Belly Binding, Herbal Yoni Steams, C-section support. Please feel free to ask any questions and let me know how I can serve you!
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.