Pregnancy brings with it a host of new decisions for women to make and is confounded by the fact that they are now making these decisions for two people, themselves and their unborn…
April Bullock, CPM, LM is the mother of 3 beautiful and VERY energetic boys. Born and raised in Austin she is happy to be an Austin Midwife serving Austinites and Central Texans. She is blessed to have had the opportunity to receive amazing midwifery care with each of her pregnancies. After having Jasper at home she became somewhat obsessed with midwifery care. Having had no idea that pregnancy and birth could be such an empowering, transformative event if given the right environment with the right care provider she knew she had found her path into Midwifery. She began an apprenticeship in Austin, TX in December of 1996 with her homebirth midwife. In 1999 she opened Birthwise Homebirth Services and began attending homebirths as a Certified Professional Midwife and State Documented Midwife. With the support of her family Birthwise Birth & Family Center was opened in 2006 and after 2 years she joined forces with Melissa B Light of Light Family Acupuncture to create a more comprehensive health and wellness center for families in Austin and Central Texas. Additionally, April has trained numerous apprentices over the years, helping to ensure that we have a Midwife for every Mother and is a member of the faculty at the National College of Midwifery. She is looking forward to many years of service to Mothers, Babies, and Families! Proudly offering the most comprehensive, individualized Homebirth and Birth Center Midwifery Care, Waterbirth, VBAC, Family Centered holistic Care.
Natalie Lake has served women and families as a licensed midwife in Austin since 2001. Natalie began attending births in 1997 when she started her training. She began her midwifery education at Birthingway Midwifery School in Portland, Oregon and continued to learn through apprenticeship with homebirth midwives in Austin. She also had the fortunate opportunities to work internationally with midwives in Mexico and Jamaica as she continued her training. Natalie adapts her care of women and families to meet the individual needs of each client. She has a respectful trust of the birthing process coupled with a watchful eye and a clear plan of action when a situation arises that endangers mother or baby. Natalie serves as a guardian to a woman’s own journey, present and supportive with a keen awareness of the baby’s process as well. Natalie loves her work and enjoys the opportunity to bear witness to the amazing strength of women and the sacred sweetness of natural birth. Natalie lives in Austin, Texas and has one child, Alexander, who was born at home with midwives in 2004. She has attended over 400 births.
Jayme is a talented midwife and childbirth educator. She has worked with women and children in various capacities since 1997 as an educator, doula and midwife. After the birth of her daughter in 2001, Jayme realized that birth not only empowers the mother but is an amazing experience for everyone involved and began working on her training in birth support. Since then she has had the honor of witnessing the birth of hundreds of babies, developed and implemented an instructional curriculum and guided many couples through the intricacies of becoming families. All of this experience informs her practice, helping her to create an environment of informed choice and understanding. With an undergraduate degree in Spanish and years of serving as an adult ESL teacher, Jayme is able to serve Spanish-speaking families. Jayme has two amazing children that encourage her and provide innumerable chances to gain patience. She is thrilled to be a midwife at Birthwise Birth & Family Center and enjoys working with an amazing duo of midwives.