Ashley Larsen, LM CPM
I am a 38yo mother of 3; 21, 20 and 12-year-old children. I guess you could say I did things a bit backwards and had the kids first and now I'm starting my career. My birth experiences with all three were the catalyst that caused me to seek out doulas and midwives. I didn't have bad or traumatic births, but they weren't what I wanted either. Shortly after having my daughter I came into a circle of friends who were birth advocates, home birth mamas, a wonderful tribe really. This is where I learned about what I missed out on. Then I got to help a friend have an unmedicated hospital birth. It truly was my "Aha!" moment. Not long after that experience I looked into becoming a doula. I took the training in February of 2010 and jumped right in! Then I had the privilege of working with midwives at some of these births and I knew what I was destined to do. Midwifery truly does choose you. In December of 2011 I was offered an apprentice position with Home Birth Midwifery Service under the training of Kim (Mosny) Lane. While she was in VA I trained alongside her in both home and birth center birth. She then moved to Utah to catch her first grandbaby and I was just doula-ing for a while. I looked for other potential preceptors, but nothing worked out. Then in December of 2015 I reached out to Kim, who had relocated to Houston TX to be a staff midwife at a birth center, to see what her thoughts were on me coming to TX to complete my apprenticeship. Her reaction was “OH my gosh!!! I literally just thought the same thing yesterday! I even said out loud 'I wonder if Ashley would move here'". It gave me chills. I knew that this was the next step in my path to fulfill my calling of becoming a midwife. I came to Houston in July of 2016 and started at the birth center on July 6. I completed all my clinical requirements for NARM within a year. Then, another change in the path. I moved to Austin to accept a position at a prominent birth center as a birth assistant. Shortly after my move, Kim moved to Austin as well! I received my NARM Certification in June 2018 followed by my Texas License. I am eager to serve this growing community during their childbearing years for years to come.
· Certified Doula since 2010
· Owner/Operator of Support the Mama Professional Birth Services since 2010
· Midwifery Student 2011-2017 Home Birth Midwifery Services, West Houston Birth Center
· Midwife Assistant 2011-present HBMS, WHBC, AABC
· Birth Assistant Trainer 2017-present Austin Area Birthing Center
· Medical Assistant Sub 2017-present Austin Area Birthing Center
· Graduate Midwife Intern May 2018 – December 2018
· PRN Midwife June 2018 – present Austin Area Birthing Center
· Contract CPM for The Natural Birthing Center
Credentials & Qualifications
· Certified Doula, ToLabor
· B.E.S.T. Trained (Birth Emergency Skills Training)
· NRP Certified (Neonatal Resuscitation Provider)
· CPR/BLS Certified
· Texas Licensed Midwife
· Certified Professional Midwife
Sandra Tallbear, ACNP-CNM
Advanced Registered Nurse Practicioner, Certified Nurse Midwife (ARNP-CNM)
1986- Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN), Harding University, Searcy, AR.
1987-1989 Artemis Speaks College, with VBAC expert Nan Koehler, TBA, Sebastopol California
1988-1991 Labor & Delivery. Deaconess Medical Center, Spokane, WA.
1993- Graduated Cum Laude in Masters of Science in Nurse-Midwifery (MSN), University of California San Francisco, and San Diego campuses.
1993-1996 Certified Nurse Midwife, Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, Adjunct faculty UTMB Galveston.
1997-2003 Healing Heart Midwifery, Nacogdoches, TX. Home Birth midwifeand water births.
2002-2004 Travel Nursing Labor & Delivery, several California Hospitals.
2004- Austin Area Birthing Center. Certified Nurse Midwife.
2004-2007 Labor & Delivery, North Ausin Medical Center, Austin, TX.
2007-2015 Angels Singing Over Me Midwifery, Administrator, CNM, home births and water births.
2007-2010 Scott & White Hospital, Round Rock, TX. Registered Nurse L&D. Charge Nurse.
2011- 2013 Central Texas Birth Center, Gerogetown, TX. Assisted in opening CTBC. Certified Nurse Midwife.
2013- The Natural Birthing Center along with Joycelyn Romero, CPM.
Clinical Director and Certified Nurse Midwife, Natural Birthing Center, Salado, TX.
2017 - Natural Birthing Center. Round Rock location.
NRP and CPR expire November 2019. ACMB certification expires 2023.