Kimberly A. Verbarg, Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife, Founder
Hi, my name is Kim and I am the Clinical Director and Founder of Sweet Child O’ Mine. I am a Florida Licensed Midwife and a Certified Professional Midwife since 2009. I have been actively involved in the birth and natural health fields since 1989, first as a birth assistant and student midwife, then as a Midwife. I also have worked in the holistic health field as an Herbalist, Reflexologist and Naturopathic Doctor. I became interested in becoming a midwife at the age of 15. I began reading books and talking to moms about their birth experiences. After hearing many stories, my desire was to safeguard women and help make birth the awesome experience it should be. I began my midwife journey immediately after completing high school. I worked at a birth center for a few years while attending a midwife correspondence program. In 1989, Florida was not licensing midwives, so going to a state approved school was not an option. I helped on a local level with legislation to help change the law. But by the time the law changed, I had moved to another state. In 2005, I moved back to Florida and attended midwifery school. I am a 2009 graduate of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in Gainesville. Over the years, I have delivered approximately 800 babies. I became a Midwife because I believe that women should have quality birth options which include sensitive care, natural birthing, and individual control over health care decisions. I have two adult daughters which were both birthed at home. Their births were the most magical moments of my life, and I’d like to help make every woman’s birth experience just as beautiful. If you are currently expecting, congratulations! I applaud you for considering alternative childbirth options. Give us a call if you’d like to discuss those options and take advantage of our free consultation. I look forward to meeting you.
Areline Williams, LPN, Clinical Nurse, Childbirth Educator
Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby! My name is Areline Williams and I have been with Sweet Child O’Mine since its beginning in 2009. My role here is to see our moms at their prenatal visits for vital signs, various clinical administrative duties, and to teach the childbirth classes. I have been an LPN for over 30 years with a long history of working in the maternal-child health divisions of nursing. For a few years, I was a doula, supporting laboring women through the process of birth. I met Kim in 2006 when I was training to be a doula. Currently, I am a certified childbirth educator, have been trained by Barbara Harper in waterbirth. I am certified in birth assisting and worked with Sweet Child O’ Mine as a birth assistant for 5 years. Since I started working at Sweet Child, I feel I have a new lease on life and my passion for birth grows more and more every day. I have seen hundreds of births and yet, it never ceases to amaze me every time. In my personal life, I am married and have four children. My family and I are avid Tampa Bay Rays fans. In my spare time I like to go to Rays games, read, do needle work, and last but not least, continue to learn all I can about birth so that I can be a wonderful part of helping you achieve a beautiful birth experience.
Rachel Hoffman, Administrative Assistant, Customer Service, Marketing
Hello, my name is Rachel, and I am an Administrative Assistant here at Sweet Child O’ Mine. I’m happily married and have two sweet fur babies (shameless “crazy cat lady,” hehe). In my spare time, I love photography, the TV show “Friends,” the occasional video game, and further expanding my knowledge on anything pregnancy and/or birth related.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! I am so happy you’re considering us for your care. I will be one of the friendly faces that greets you when you come in for your appointments. I look forward to getting to know you and your family throughout your pregnancy, and to meeting your new little one in the near future! Pregnancy and childbirth are such beautiful, natural things, and I am so grateful to be in an environment where I’m surrounded by those very things every day. Please let me know if there is any way I can be of assistance to you and your family during this experience; I’d be happy to help!
Laura Parker, Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife
Hello, I am Laura Parker LM, CPM. I am a graduate of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery and I have been with the Sweet Child O Mine team since 2014. I found my way into the birthing community in support of women’s empowerment and right to choose her birth plan. I believe the birthing experience to be a sacred moment for the moms and babies. Providing the moms with a supportive, safe environment to welcome her child into the world is my priority, as well as the focus of our practice. I am happy to be working with this amazing team to help you achieve a memorable birth experience!
Dan Conway, Office Manager
Hello, my name is Dan Conway. I am the Office Manager here at Sweet Child O’Mine. I have been in the Medical Office management field for over 20 years. I am here to help you with any financial questions or concerns, and to make sure you have an extraordinary experience while here at Sweet Child O’ Mine. I have been happily married to my wife Leslie for 25 years. Together we have 3 children: Josh, Becca & Josiah. Josiah, our youngest son, was delivered at our home with a Midwife, and if we had it to do all over again we would have had all of our children with a Midwife. It was such an incredible experience for our entire family. I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to music and when time permits woodworking and fishing. I would personally like to welcome you to Sweet Child O’ Mine. If you have any questions or concerns along the way, please let me know.
Rebecca Finklea, Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife
Rebecca Finklea, CPM, LM has been catching babies as a licensed midwife since 2001. She was born and raised in St Petersburg and as the eldest of five children always had a baby in her arms. She followed a long time calling to midwifery when she graduated with academic honors from the AS Midwifery program at Miami Dade College. She has been married to Willie for 10 years and is mother to three children, two of whom were born at home. She hopes that the midwifery model of care becomes the gold standard for maternity care in the United States. She is delighted to join the staff of Sweet Child of Mine to support women and their families in the joyous journey of healthy pregnancy and low risk birth.
Edie Crumley, Receptionist, Administrative Assistant
Hello, my name is Edie. I am a part of the front office administrative team at Sweet Child O’ Mine. I work from Home. You probably wont see me much when you come in the office, But I do get the pleasure of talking with you on the phone. I am excited to get to know you and your family.
Kitty Lakey, Graduate Midwife
Hello, I’m Kitty Lakey. I am a Graduate Midwife working to become a Licensed Midwife. I’m a 2017 graduate of Florida School of Traditional Midwifery and currently finishing up the clinical portion of my education at Sweet Child O’ Mine. I’ve been attending births as a student or birth assistant for over three years in many settings and I have a love for supporting women. I’ve also trained as doula, childbirth educator, and Placenta encapsulator. Like many midwives, I wanted to become a midwife after my own personal experience with midwifery. I love that the heart of midwifery is consent and that midwives trust in the strength of women to make their own best choices. I respect each individual’s path to their birth and hope to serve women in a truly empowering way.
Kalie Ray, Student Midwife
Hello, my name is Kalie Ray and I am in my second year as a student midwife at The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. I have been a part of the birth world for about 6 years now attending births and being trained as a birth Doula, placenta encapsulator, and Certified Nursing Assistant. I am originally from Colorado and after midwifery, traveling is my second biggest passion.I have always had a dream of being a midwife and decided when I was about eight years old that I wanted to deliver babies. As I learn and grow as a student midwife I am more and more inspired to help and educate women on the joy that is natural birth. I am enjoying my education so much and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me!
Deanna Mustafa, Birth Assistant
Hello everyone! My name is Deanna Mustafa. I am currently a Pre-nursing student. I have been working as a birth assistant at Sweet Child of Mine for almost a year and have loved every second. I am the second youngest out of 8 children. Family reunions are never boring 😉 I became fluent in the Arabic language after living in Jordan for five years. In my spare time, I love to read and play guitar. I have had a passion for women’s health and natural birth for as long as I can remember. I have had the greatest honor of being at the birth of almost all of my nephews and nieces. And seeing the true beauty and power of a good birth experience solidified my goals and aspirations toward becoming a midwife myself. Congratulations on your pregnancy!! I truly look forward to meeting you all.