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Our Staff Midwives
Our Lovely Birth Assistants
Kimberly A. Verbarg
Florida Licensed Midwife, Director, Founder
Hi, my name is Kim Verbarg, and I am the Director and Founder of Sweet Child O’ Mine. I am a Florida Licensed 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 a Naturopathic Doctor, Herbalist and Reflexologist. I am a 2009 graduate of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in Gainesville. 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 and a granddaughter who was birthed at the birth center. My own birthing experiences 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 look forward to meeting you.
Clinical Operations Manager, Licensed Midwife
Hello, my name is Maureen Berning, and I am a midwife at Sweet Child
O’Mine. I am a 2020 graduate from the Florida School of Traditional
Midwifery in Gainesville, Florida. I have also been trained as a birth
doula, a childbirth educator and in placenta encapsulation. I have been
working as a birth assistant/student midwife at Sweet Child for five years
and love being a part of this wonderful team. My mother was a La Leche
League leader for over 30 years and introduced me to home birth at a very
young age. Throughout my life I have always been extremely interested in
pregnancy and delivery, and I am so excited to be dedicating my life to
aiding and empowering women to birth the way they choose. I feel myself
blossoming into the person I have always hoped to be and feel like my life
is heading in such an amazing direction. I am so thankful to be able to
witness so many first breaths and I am grateful to share those precious
moments with the families we serve.
Licensed Midwife, CLC
Kitty Lakey is a Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife, Certified Lactation Counselor, mom of two teens, wife, ISFJ-T, Hufflepuff, and sci-fi aficionado. Kitty felt drawn to midwifery after her own experiences with birth. Kitty thought that all low-risk families that wanted a Midwife should have the option of a different kind of care. Kitty felt drawn to the strong emphasis placed on bodily autonomy and consent in midwifery care. Kitty graduated from The Florida Traditional School of Midwifery in 2017. Kitty has practiced in the surrounding midwifery community since graduating.
Licensed Midwife, CPM
Sydney moved to the North East Florida area to follow her dream of becoming a Midwife by attending the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery and graduating in 2020. While gaining knowledge and experience, she worked in many settings, including birth centers and all access clinics. Sydney participated as a board member for the advancement of midwifery and has organized community outreach events. She takes an active role while caring for each woman by prioritizing education and advocacy. Sydney is honored to see women in the depths of their strength and their innate ability to birth. Sydney hopes to tour with doctors without borders in the future. During her off days, Sydney is working on her many DIY projects, enjoying live music, or at the beach.
My name is Rowan, and I am a Licensed Midwife who graduated from Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in 2020. Originally from Ohio, I moved to Florida in 2017. After desiring to be involved in women’s care my entire life, I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry and shadowed many doctors and nurses at hospitals. Through those experiences I found where my heart belongs – with natural birth. Being able to be in a setting where I can provide education, informed consent, and provide the space for a woman to trust in her power and body is so humbling, fulfilling, and my passion. I am honored to be involved with the start (and additions!) to new families. I strive to provide a down-to-earth space in appointments where you can speak freely, feel heard, and simply be yourself. I encourage any and all curious questions from parents or the little ones, so if you have some, write them down to bring to an appointment!
Office Manager, Doula
Melinda Morales is a full spectrum doula and certified perinatal educator specializing in teen pregnancy and young parent support. She is a mother to 3 boys, and a teen birth advocate supporting families in Central Florida since 2006. She is the founder of Project Teenbirth, Inc. – a community based program supporting and educating teen and young parents. She is an active board member of the Tampa Bay Birth Network. Her story has been featured in Rewire.News, Not Another Teen Mommy.com, #noteenshame.tumbler.com, and Young Parent Anthology.
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 supervise the clinical and laboratory needs of the facility, educate staff, and keep the birth well stocked and supplied. I also 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.
Patient Care Coordinator
Hi there! My name is Rachel, and I am the Patient Care Coordinator at Sweet Child O’ Mine. I’m a happily married “crazy cat lady” (no shame), and have three angel babies in heaven that I can’t wait to see again someday.
In my spare time, I love hiking, the TV show “Friends,” the occasional video game, forced snuggles with my kitties, and further expanding my knowledge on anything pregnancy and/or birth related. 🙂
Congratulations on your pregnancy! I’m so happy you’re considering us for your care. I worked in the front office at the birth center for nearly 4 years, until my husband and I relocated to the beautiful state of North Carolina in July of 2018. I am now blessed to do my job remotely from home. Although I may not get to meet you and your precious little one in person, I’m excited to get to know you virtually via phone calls and emails.
Pregnancy and childbirth are such beautiful, natural things, and I am so grateful to be a part of a team that helps bring babies into the world the way they do! 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!
Hello, my name is Edie. I am a part of the administrative team at Sweet Child O’ Mine, specifically here to help you with your insurance needs, financial contract and payment solutions. I work from home, so while I may not get the opportunity to meet you in person, I do get the pleasure of speaking with you on the phone. I am here to help you with all your billing and financial questions. Please let me know how I can assist you.
Hi, I’m Lexie. I am both an Administrative Assistant in the office and also a Birth Assistant at Sweet Child O’ Mine. Ever since I was little, I dreamed of working at a birth center. The idea that women could birth out of a hospital in a safe and peaceful setting was amazing to me and something that I wanted to be a part of. I look forward to greeting you at your visits or assisting at the birth of your little one.
Birth Assistant, Doula & Student Midwife
Hi! I am Belinda. I moved to Central Florida with my family in 2019 to
pursue birth work. I am a wife to Jeremy and a mother of 3 to Landon, Dani
and Jasen. We have a small farm with chickens and goats. I enjoy cooking,
playing board games and exploring our new home state on bicycles with my
family. I have also loved to paint since I was about 13. Around that same
time, I discovered my love and fascination for childbirth when my first
baby cousin was born with unnecessary interventions. Even at a young age, I
knew there was a better way, and I wanted to help. I received my Doula
training in 2019 through a local Midwife’s workshop. I currently work as a
Birth Assistant and recently joined SCOM’s Doula team. I am also trained in
Placenta Encapsulation. I was recently accepted to Florida School of
Traditional Midwifery and will begin my journey to Midwifery in the fall of
2021. While birth work may still be new to me, providing care and support
are things I’ve been doing my whole life. I was born with a heart to serve
and I am grateful for every single family I have the privilege to care for.
I look forward to meeting you and caring for you during your time at Sweet
Sarah Walsh, RN, BSN
Sarah is a DONA trained birth doula whose passion is supporting all mother’s through their pregnancy, birth and postpartum journeys. She is a wife and a mother of two, Noah and Evelyn. Her journey in the birth world and as a birth doula began as an active duty United States Marine when the wives of other service members sought her out and asked that she be there for them during their labor. Sarah sincerely believes that all stages of pregnancy and birth are sacred. Not only are babies born but so are mothers. Her fulfillment is in knowing that each mother feels safe, supported and empowered through the beautiful and life changing journey that is pregnancy and birth.
DONA Trained Doula
Magdalena Dlouhy is a Tampa native. She received her training through DONA. She is a Wife and Mother of Eli and discovered her passion after delivering her son at home. The experience was unique, beautiful, and empowering. This inspired her to offer doula wellness service from a balanced physical, mental, emotional and spiritual point of view to give the families she serves an unconditional touch of loving care that is needed for a peaceful and joyful reception of new life!
Certified Birth Doula
Whitney is a certified birth doula with 10 years of experience. As a little girl, she would watch “A Baby Story” on TLC and be in attendance at most of her family members’ births, dreaming of the day she would assist women during the most beautiful transition of life. With her recent acceptance into Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery, she is finally embarking on her childhood dream of becoming a midwife. Whitney is also a believer, a wife, and a homeschool mom to three amazing children who were all born at Sweet Child O’ Mine Birthing Center! In her spare time she loves to laugh, dance, and create her very own holistic products.
My name is Carryn Barrilleaux and I completed my doula training with Commonsense Childbirth Institute. I have been doing doula work for 4 years. I’m a follower of Jesus, a wife, and a mother to 3 children, two boys Harrison (9) my son Henry who is autistic (7), and my daughter Cienna (6). I love to walk the journey through pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum and build relationships along the way. Being with a family as they transform in birth is my purpose fulfilled. My heart is that my client knows I’m in their corner always. I’ve had a few obstacles I’ve had to overcome in my life but I’ve never let them crush me. Being a teen mom and a special needs mom to name two big ones. These moments have shaped how I help as a doula the moment to moment. I have resilience. I know that I can withstand and spring back. In the other nooks of my life, I’m a homemaker and lifelong learner. I love cooking or baking when I have to follow a detailed recipe or volunteer cheer coaching when I can.
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