Your Support Team consists of Licensed Midwife Christina Holmes, Childbirth Educators, Birth Assistants, and experienced mothers.
Welcome to the World! (click to view photo album).


Christina Holmes
Mother, Midwife, Doula, Childbirth Educator, Massage Therapist, Birth Photographer, and Triathlete. She graduated from the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy in 1995 and began her work as a doula in 1997. She received her Doula Certification through Doulas of North America (DONA) in 1997.

Christina is a Florida Licensed Midwife and a Nationally Certified Professional Midwife. She graduated with highest honors from the Miami-Dade Midwifery program in 2002 with an Associates Degree in Midwifery specializing in home birth. She is certified in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation. Christina lives in Sarasota with her husband (her sweetheart since middle school) and three children. Her first child was born 7 weeks early in the hospital with a doctor and spent 2 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She chose a midwife for her second pregnancy and gave birth 5 weeks early. Her third baby was born full term in the water at HOME after a two-hour labor!!!

Christina Holmes has been serving and honoring Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte County families in homes, hospitals, and birth centers since 1997.Recognizing the need for more birth options for families in the Sarasota area, she opened Birthways Family Birth Center in 2007.Christina has volunteered with the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota, the Newtown Health Advisory Council, and she is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Manasota Track Club, and Sarasota Storm Tri Club. Call or email for more information or to schedule your free consultation with Christina.

Kaitlan Clower Money
Kaitlan is a recent graduate of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery with licensure anticipated in September of 2012. Kaitlan is certified in CPR and neonatal resuscitation. As a Licensed Massage Therapist she has experience with pregnancy and postpartum treatments, as well as Lomi Lomi and Ayurvedic Indian massage.

Katilan moved to Sarasota from Amelia Island Florida to become part of the Birthways Family as a midwife working closely within the community to support women and families. Her journey began at the age of 3 with the birth of her brother, who was born into the hands of a midwife. Sharing in her mother’s prenatal care and birth experience at a young age set the stage for the normalcy of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. While enrolled in the University of South Carolina, Kaitlan met an inspirational Certified Nurse Midwife, a professor in her nursing program, who shared with Kaitlan the term direct-entry midwife and who shined the light down Kaitlan’s path. Finding her way in 2009 she began doula training and midwifery school. It has been on this path to becoming a CPM that Kaitlan has found self truth and soul enlivening passion.

Cheryl Hollifield, ARNP, CNM
Cheryl Hollifield is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife with more than 30 years of experience catching babies, listening to women, & caring for their various health care needs. Not only can she assist you through a pregnancy, but she is here for women throughout their lifetime. From the first menstruation cycle, birth control, through menopause. 

Cheryl has two beautiful daughters and an appreciated hubby.  Gardening, kayaking, swimming and reading occupy some of her favorite moments of relaxation. Cheryl was privileged to catch Christina's daughter a few moons ago, was one of the Midwives Christina learned from and has loved watching Christina grow into an amazing woman and accomplished midwife.  Cheryl is excited to be serving women in the Sarasota and surrounding communities as part of the Birthways Family!

Clinical & Office Assistant
Lara Costa
Our office manager has a passion for birth; she serves as a birth assistant, offers birth photography, and had a birth center birth with her daughter. She's a runner, triathlete, & our 'army girl' serving in the Army Reserves. Lara will gladly take your calls, schedule your appointments & answer any questions you have.
Linda Vaupel
Birth Center administrator Linda is the mother to 4 grown children, 3 grandchild, & several grand-puppies. She's available to assist you with any financial or insurance related questions.

Childbirth & Parenting Educators, Doulas, and Midwife Assistants
Chantal Wilford
Chantal is a Certified Childbirth Educator (Bradley & Brio) and Birth Assistant with a Bachelors in Russian, French & Linguistics from the University of Durham in England with post-graduate training as a translator and interpreter. Chantal’s own experience to learn about birth led her to her passion of encouraging and inspiring others to take charge of their birth experiences. Chantal is a 4 time home birth champion with her largest baby weighing 11.5 pounds! Christina was honored to be her midwife for her 3rd & 4th babies! Our families love all the support, information, and knowledge Chantal shares with them each week. Her classes are open to the public; whether you birth with us or plan another location you’ll be part of our family!
Chelsea Anne Clarkson
Chelsea, our Open House Tour Guide is also a Doula & Birth Assistant. Chelsea is a graduate of Hollins University in Virginia, where she studied Spanish, Gender & Women's Studies, and the Irish Folk Harp. She loves hunting for antiques, listening to hip-hop, and getting to chat with the mamas here at Birthways. Chelsea is the mother to Celeste, who was born at home with Christina & Kristin.

Cheryl Kindred
Doula, Birth assistant, and mother of 1 homeborn son, whom Christina was privileged to attend! She's available as a birth & postpartum doula to families at the birth center, home, or those choosing hospital births. Cheryl facilitates the Baby Wearing group and is amazing with slings & wraps. If you want to learn how to wear your baby, she'll show you how!
Carmela Pedicini
Carmela is a Licensed Practical Nurse, Childbirth Educator, musician and baby hearing specialist. She’s been assisting Midwives & families in the Sarasota area since the late 90’s. When not assisting new families, you can find her on stage as Radio-Free Carmela playing with the Transmitters and with Passerine. To learn more about her musical side, visit . "I believe the majority of women have all they need within themselves to birth their children, I bless the midwives daily for reminding us of this with their loving support and guidance."

Catey Brennan, RN
Birth assistant & home visit nurse. Catey also works full time as a labor & delivery nurse and does Improv comedy! She just cracks us up!
Deborah Fuentes, LPN
Birth assistant, Breastfeeding Counselor, & mother of 4. Deborah teaches our breastfeeding class and is a breastfeeding counselor for WIC. She has a passion for breastfeeding & natural birth with plans to become a midwife.

Jamie Grabowski, RN
Mother of 9, Jamie is also enrolled in Frontier's Nurse Midwifery Program. She assists the Midwives & is one of our home visiting nurses.
Renee Turner-Leatham, RN
Birth assistant & home visit nurse, she herself had her babies at home & was a serrogate for another family. Her heart is in everything she does.
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