Kimberly A. Verbarg
Florida Licensed Midwife, Clinical Director, Founder
Hi, my name is Kim Verbarg, and I am the Clinical 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.
LPN, Operations Manager, 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 operations of the facility, including various clinical administrative duties. 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
Hello! 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 two angel babies in Heaven. 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 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 apart 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.
Florida Licensed Midwife
Hi, my name is Kitty Lakey. I am a Florida Licensed Midwife, and also a wife and mother to two boys. I’m thrilled to be a team member at Sweet Child O’ Mine birth center. I’m a 2017 graduate of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. I’ve been attending births for over five years in many settings. I developed a love of supporting families after my own personal experiences with Midwives and Hospitals. In addition to my Midwifery training, I’ve trained as Doula, Childbirth Educator, and a Placenta Encapsulator. 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 families in a truly evidence-based and empowering way.
Hello, I am Maureen Berning. I am a recent graduate from the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, I have also been trained as birth doula, a childbirth educator and also in placenta encapsulation. I have been working as a birth assistant at Sweet Child for five years and love being a part of this wonderful team. I am looking forward to having my Midwife License very shortly and joining the Sweet Child Midwife team. My mother has been 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 able to witness so many first breaths and I am grateful to share those precious moments with families.
Doula, Birth Assistant
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 (7) and Evelyn (5). 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.
Hi, I’m Mary and I’m Administrative Assistant at Sweet Child O’ Mine. I am one of the many happy faces that you may see when you come in to visit. I work half the time at home, so if you don’t see me at every visit, don’t be alarmed! In December 2018 I had a pretty empowering and amazing water birth at the center, which delivered my daughter Addison Elisabeth. You can find my birth story, in more detail, also on our website under ‘Birth Stories’. When I’m not working I spend most of my time with my family or crafting for my co-owned shop called ‘Sweet P Boutique’. I love Star Wars, Corgi’s, and I’m still pretty mad they took Friends off of Netflix haha. I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your pregnancy and your growing family.
Doula, Lab Assistant
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.
Birth Assistant / Administrative Assistant
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.
DONA Trained Doula
Magdalena Dlouhy is a Tampa native. She received her training through DONA. She is a Wife and Mother of Eli (6) 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!
Student Midwife & Birth Assistant
Nicolle is an Orlando native with the cultural attributes of her strong, loving, ambitious Puerto Rican ancestors.
Nicolle’s desire to help birthing people and babies rooted as a small child when her younger sisters were born. After graduating from UCF with a degree in Health Sciences and working in hospital administration, she discovered she could not stay away from the idea of pursuing birthwork. Nicolle began her journey in birthwork as a doula; realizing her true calling for midwifery in the real necessity for advocacy and support of birthing people, especially people of color, as they endure one of the most important moments of their lives: childbirth. Nicolle currently serves as a Birth and Postpartum Doula in Orlando and is starting her second year as a Student Midwife at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in pursuit of becoming a Licensed Midwife.
Nicolle’s goal as a midwife is to ensure that each birthing person has a safe, supportive, judgement-free space to give birth. While acknowledging the importance of unbiased informed consent, Nicolle is determined to support expectant parents as they not only make crucial decisions for themselves, but for their child. Nicolle is devoted to motivating laborers and their partners to advocate for the experience and outcome they believe is best for their family.
Aside from her commitment to birthwork Nicolle works passionately within her sorority, Mu Sigma Upsilon, the First Multicultural Sorority in the Nation™, as their National Officer of Philanthropy. Through this position, she dedicates time facilitating mental health awareness and empowerment workshops to young women all over the country, and coordinates national community service initiatives. In her free time, Nicolle enjoys the beach, being around her family and friends, and spending time with her Goddaughter, Rayne.
Birth Assistant & Student Midwife
Hi, I’m Sarah! Since I was a young girl, growing up in upstate New York, I’ve dreamt of becoming an RN and working in labor and delivery. Shortly after high school, I began my journey into the nursing field working long hours at a special needs facility. During my first few weeks of work, my mother passed away and suddenly I had more family responsibility than I could have ever imagined. I had to put aside my dreams and focus on my siblings. Years later, I made a personal decision to relocate to Florida and fell into a lucrative career in a sales environment. During this time, I found myself unfulfilled and constantly dreaming of returning to my dream of a medical career with a special interest in the area of labor and delivery. I was fortunate to be accepted into the DirectEntry Midwifery Program at Florida Traditional School of Midwifery, where I am now attending my first year. I am thrilled to join this incredible team as a Birth Assistant and cannot wait to meet all of the new moms-to-be while helping to make your birth experience a safe and joyful one.
CPM, LM, CCBE
Glenda received her midwifery training in Florida, attending Florida School of Traditional Midwifery and Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery and doing clinical work in birth centers. In 2010 she went to Haiti to help after the earthquake working in a hospital maternity ward and street clinics and in 2011 served with Mother Health International in Haiti as a clinical midwife and trainer to Haitian midwifery students. She practiced as a home birth midwife in western Massachusetts for six years. While in MA she obtained training in homeopathy. She has extensive training and experience in community work. She served on the Springfield Maternal Child Health Commission and partnered there to organize a community-based doula initiative. She currently serves on the Pinellas County Fetal Infant Mortality Review Board. She has given birth to five children out of hospital and has four grandchildren, all born with midwives.
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