“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear” – Jane Weiderman.
Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, I have a true understanding and appreciation for the culture in South Texas: a harmonious blend of two worlds, like no other, and I love it. I’ve been married for eight years and blessed with four children, a boy and three girls, and I cannot imagine raising my family anywhere else.
I was first drawn to midwifery after the hospital birth of my first child. I knew there had to be a more intimate way to give birth. Intuitively, I knew pregnancy and birth did not have to be seen or treated as a medical illness. Three years later, I birthed my oldest daughter, who is now six-years-old, at Holy Family in Weslaco, TX. Unbeknownst to me, this experience would change my views on birth forever. A transformative experience, I knew that this was the path for me. I went on to have two home births after that, one in water and one on land--both absolutely perfect!
I get excited when I think about supporting women in their choice of natural birth because it’s still a budding practice with which not many folks are familiar. Being a part of homebirth makes me feel like I’m contributing to a movement to spread the word that birth is a wonderful experience and that all women deserve to be empowered and supported in pregnancy and birth as I have.
After my birth with Holy Family, I knew I had been called to help other women in their journey. I was fortunate enough to be able to assist my midwife, Liz Derry LM/CPM with her clients’ prenatal care, birth, and postnatal care. I was also given the opportunity to assist a dear friend with the birth of her baby; a truly moving experience. I am a licensed vocational nurse and have had ten years experience in home health, however, my true passion is assisting women during the birth process, facilitating the best experience possible.
My interests outside of midwifery and nursing include, rescuing animals, weight lifting, and believe it or not, hula hooping. While growing up and beginning my career in McAllen, I picked up a working knowledge of Spanish, and I love to expand my Spanish-speaking skills any chance I get.
I would be honored to assist you in this new, exciting chapter in your life. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
I'm honestly excited to introduce myself! My name is Georgina R. Tober. I received my LVN license from South Texas College, following my mother's footsteps into nursing.
Each facet of my nursing career has been serving not only my patients, but their families as well. I began at Nuestra Clinica Del Valle, then moved over to WIC and transitioned to the Lactation Care Center of RGV. All along the way, I've joined working at John Knox Village, a retirement community with also continuing to grow on my nursing experiences. At present, I assist breastfeeding mothers at the Lactation Care Center RGV while training towards an IBCLC license.
Yet, this shouldn't all be about me. I'm here to help You begin an incredible time. I'm here to make your time easier and to assist you in all ways I can.
Jessica is IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) & Birth Doula
Supporting families through pregnancy, birth, and lactation is my passion in life. My interest began when I was pregnant with my oldest son almost 18 years ago. While I was pregnant I read everything about pregnancy and lactation that I could find. After my oldest son was born I found a love of helping new mothers with breastfeeding. I have been a La Leche League Leader for 10+ years, IBCLC for 7 years, and birth doula for 3 years. I would love to support your family through your pregnancy and breastfeeding journey.
I grew up in Britain, where midwifery care is the norm. In fact, I grew up in a family of healthcare professionals, and both my grandmother and aunt were midwives in Scotland. Initially, however, I decided on a different path...
I gained a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in statistics and computer science and taught high school math to 11-18 year olds for 5 years, before moving to the US (Houston) and studying for a second master's in geophysics. I then worked in the oil and gas industry as a researcher for 3 years. Most importantly, however, during my 7 years in Houston, I met and married a Texan, and we started our family together.
After experiencing a beautiful, empowering and healing home-birth in water with my second child (my first birth - in a hospital - hadn't gone quite as hoped!), I realised what's missing in much of maternity care in the US, and decided to follow in my family's footsteps after all, and so I began training as a midwife (I'm due to qualify in 2019). While training, I'm loving working as a birth assistant and a doula, and am currently illustrating my fourth book - a children's book about pregnancy.
I would be overjoyed to be able to assist you while you bring your baby earth-side!
"I am not afraid. I was born to do this." - Joan of Arc
Ever since we began dating my husband and I have enjoyed telling people we were born in the same bed only 2 months apart. Our mothers used the same midwife and birth center. That midwife, Barbara Cook, CPM, assisted thousands of babies in the DFW area into the world in the 80's and 90's including many of my cousins and friends. Growing up hearing the birth stories of our mothers normalized home and out-of-hospital birth for me.
Shortly after getting married in 2010, Sara Cotner of Feeding the Soil launched a course called Purposeful Conception. This started me in researching and learning about natural pregnancy and birth as an adult. I began learning about Fertility Awareness (FAM) from Taking Charge of Your Fertility which I later used to conceive and space my children.
When my son was conceived, I chose to birth with the midwives at Holy Family Services. His birth was the perfect natural birth experience. I will never forget the rush of euphoric bliss I felt as I held him in my arms as we sat in that tub. It was in that moment that I knew I was hooked on birth and wanted to help other women experience what I had.
I began studying for my Birth Doula Certification with Birth Arts International in June 2015 and enrolled in their Childbirth Education Certification program in November 2016. The women and babies I've been able to support have reaffirmed to me that I have found my calling.
After the birth of my youngest son in 2016, my 14 year struggle with anxiety and depression caught up with me in the form of postpartum depression. This has been another growing experience that has highlighted the importance of postpartum support for all mothers.
When I am not attending a birth, I can be found playing with and homeschooling my sons and chilling with my family while we binge watch Netflix as I work on a lap craft.
I would be greatly honored to be invited into the intimately emotional experience the birth of your child will be and look forward to assisting and supporting you through the process.
All the Best!