Midwife - Alexandra Wyatt, LM, CPM
I first became interested in the birthing process and becoming a midwife while I was still in high school. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with the entire process of how a child develops in the womb and how a woman’s body is perfectly designed to bring that child into this world.
I began my journey by becoming a Birth Doula through Doulas of North America (DONA) in 2004. While I loved helping my families, it never felt quite….complete. It was as if God was telling me that there was another way that I could have an even larger impact on women and their families. So, I began my path toward becoming a midwife. 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.
While on my journey into the birthing community, I married my wonderful husband Jeff in 2005. The following year, I had a water birth with my daughter Keira at a local birthing center. In 2010, I had a water birth at home where I birthed my son Hunter into my own hands, with my husband in the tub, and big sister watching over the side. I could not have done all of my schooling and midwifery training without their support and am so grateful everyday that God has brought them into my life.
Birth Assistant - Elyse Denning, RN
Since I grew up with a father in the military, I was fortunate enough to have the privilege of experiencing several different cultures and countries. Those experiences taught me compassion and appreciation for all people. My compassion naturally led me to the professional field of nursing. While in nursing school I developed a love for the fields of Obstetrics and Pediatrics, and I received an academic award for those areas of study. Upon graduation from nursing school, I got an amazing job opportunity to work in NICU.
In 2014, I had the opportunity to stay home with my own babies and it was during that time that I really gained an appreciation for a MUCH more holistic view of “healthcare.” Our youngest daughter experienced some health concerns, and when allopathic medicine offered little help I became determined to find something that would help! Ever since then, my love and appreciation for natural medicine has only grown, and I travel the country constantly learning as much as I can in the field of holistic health.
Midwifery combines two of my passions: birth and a more holistic view to healthcare. In the spring of 2016, I had the privilege of meeting the amazing woman behind Heritage Home Births and began working with her as a birth assistant! My prayers were answered! I love getting to help empower woman and their families through home births and educational classes. I’m excited for the future of healthcare in West Texas!
Birth Assistant - Allyson Roeda, RN, BSN
I have always had a heart to care for babies, ever since I was a little girl! That love lead me to nursing and a specialization in neonatal intensive care in 2014. I practiced in a level VI NICU (the highest acuity) in Seattle, WA for two years before moving to Lubbock, TX with my husband Austin in March of 2016. My eyes were opened to midwifery and home birth during nursing school by a friend whose goal was to go on to become a midwife. I was really open to the idea, very different from the conventional births we experienced in nursing school, but I have always been one to think against the grain, so I began to see its depth and value to the long-term health of mom and baby. I took a doula course during the summer of my senior year of nursing school, but never finished the certification once I graduated.
After working in the NICU for a while I actually had my perspective changed by the culture around me and I began to shake my head at those who chose the home birth option. However, that didn’t last long. I began to see more situations where hospital interventions were leading babies into the NICU than we ever saw of home birth transfers. I read a few books, including Born in the USA and Pushed for example, and those even further rocked my world. Despite working full-time in the conventional medical system, I have developed a very homeopathic view of health and self care for my family. Caring for mothers and babies during the labor process has become a passion of mine and I hope to one day have my own children at home and eventually go back to school for my Certified Nurse Midwifery license. I love having the skills needed if something calls for them, but my ultimate goal is to support strong mothers in the process of birth in their own environment, a process they were beautifully designed by God to accomplish! I am so thankful for the opportunity to partner with Alex and Heritage Home Births to serve you and your growing family.
Birth Assistant - Sara Bohn, RN, CD(DONA)
I grew up with an interest and passion for birth that has never left me. I was fortunate to be part of a family who viewed birth as a miraculous yet normal part of life, and I was able to be present at the births of some of my younger siblings. Those early experiences became my foundation as I pursued a career in nursing.
After becoming a registered nurse through South Plains College, I worked as an obstetric nurse in the labor & delivery and postpartum units of University Medical Center. It was during my time as a nurse that I received training as a doula through Doulas of North America (DONA). I quickly discovered my passion for the work of a doula! Birth is such a personal journey and it thrilled my heart to be able to support and encourage each birthing woman with the individual care that she desired and deserved for her birth experience! For the past eight years I have provided private and hospital doula services to the birthing women of Lubbock, Texas in many different settings. I am delighted to be able to merge all my training and experience together as a Birth Assistant with Heritage Home Births!
I have a wonderfully supportive husband and three beautiful children that continue to help me grow and discover new depths of love and joy. I have been delighted and blessed to join each client on their birth journey. It is a great joy to be able to use my heart as well as my hands to support each of you! I am always in awe to watch and assist as new life comes into this world! At the moment of birth, the physical, emotional, and spiritual all touch in such an amazing way and I am honored to be part of each of these new beginnings.