Our Team

We have a team of talented individuals ready to help you with every step of your maternity journey. 

Our Caring Team is Here to Serve You

Kimberly Verbarg, Licensed Midwife

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 two grandchildren, including a granddaughter who was birthed at the birth center and a grandson that was born at home. 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.

Kimberly Verbarg, Licensed Midwife

Aerial Naranjo

Office Manager

My name is Aerial Naranjo. I joined the team at Sweet Child O’ Mine in September of 2022 as a Birth Assistant. It has been so rewarding assisting the moms in labor and watching the joy and feeling of accomplishment when they deliver their beautiful babies. I didn’t want to stop learning just as a Birth Assistant, so I began working in Labs and the Front Office where I was able to get to know the patients at their prenatal visits. Now I am the proud Office Manager of Sweet Child O’ Mine. My goal is to make sure all our patients have an excellent overall experience!

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 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.

Kimberly Verbarg, Licensed Midwife

LeAnn Flores

Administrative Assistant

Hi, beautiful humans, I’m the administrative assistant at the birth center. I come from a bustling, big family that fueled my love for people. Serving my community is not just a job; it’s my passion. I’m thrilled to meet you and ensure your needs are taken care of in the best possible way. Let’s make your experience here fantastic!

Rachel Hoffman

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!

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Heather Wilkerson

Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife

Heather Wilkerson (they/them) is a non-binary person and a Florida Licensed Midwife (MW378). Their focus is on cultivating trust while providing a nurturing, safe, and affirming environment that improves prenatal and birth outcomes for socially marginalized folks.
They came to birthwork after attending their friend’s birth as a teenager. It was through this experience navigating the healthcare system with little information and support that sparked interest in advocacy. They became a full spectrum birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator while working towards their goal of becoming a midwife. Throughout their journey, they have found a huge lack of support for LGBTQIA2S+ individuals and had a dream to be a part of building community and connection.
They graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Anthropology in 2015 from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Then went on to attend The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in Gainesville, Florida graduating in 2018. They’ve since worked in a variety of out-of-hospital settings including busy birth centers and home birth practices in the Tampa Bay area. In addition to birth work, they are also active in educating the future generation of doctors through teaching trauma-informed and person-centered reproductive exams at The University of South Florida. When they aren’t midwifin’, you can most likely find them at the beach, reading, hammocking’, or simply resting with their six kitties.

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Maddie Curtis

Registered Nurse

My name is Maddie. I have been a registered nurse since 2020 in orthopedics at the hospital. Now, I have the privilege of working for the midwives here at Sweet Child O’ Mine. My husband and I have three awesome kids ages 6, 2, and 4 months. I have had all three types of birth from C-section, to hospital, and home. The best feeling is to be cared for by people who care about your values surrounding birth. I hope to assist the midwives in making this your best pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum journey you experience! 

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Allie LaPointe

Birth Assistant

I am Allie LaPointe, and I am a birth assistant at Sweet Child O’ Mine. I am a trained doula and have been working in birth for 6 years. I am learning the art of herbalism, and have a passion for helping families during birth and postpartum. It is a joy to serve birthing moms!

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Isabella Mowers

Birth Assistant, Lab Assistant

Hello! My name is Isabella. I’m currently a birth assistant at Sweet Child O’ Mine and a Doula at heart. I am a DONA birth and postpartum certified doula who has been in the birth world for three years now. I am devoted to serving the families within the community through birth and postpartum. I keep myself busy in nursing school and offering photography on the side. I love what I do and I am so grateful to be here.

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Jessica Pierre

Birth Assistant

Grand Rising! My name is Jessica Pierre and I am a Birth Assistant at Sweet Child O’ Mine. Looking back on my life, I have realized that I have always been in love with all things pregnancy and birth. I have been a doula since 2019 and absolutely love it. As a mother, I wish I had access to all the information I have now when I was pregnant, and this is what drives me to be the best doula and birth assistant I can be. I am now aware of my purpose in life, and that is to enlighten and empower women to and through their pregnancy journey and birth the way they choose. I am so grateful to be a part of so many births of babies and rebirths of moms.

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Nelivette Maldonado

Student Midwife

Hi! My name is Neli. I am a senior student midwife at FSTM with a passion
for maternal and child health. I graduated in 2020 with my Bachelors in
Public Health which is how I found my way into midwifery. Once I graduated,
I became a doula for a couple years until I was ready to enter midwifery
school. In my free time I enjoy reading and spending time with my friends
and family. I look forward to meeting you all!

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Talena Jones

Student Midwife, Birth Assistant

Humble greetings! I am Talena L. Jones, a student Midwife. I currently
attend Florida School Traditional Midwifery in Gainesville, FL. I have one
husband (lol), one biological daughter, three bonus daughters, seven
grandchildren, one angel granddaughter and one granddog. I have been a
certified Labor & Delivery, Postpartum and Death Doula since 2019 with the
National Black Doulas Association (NABD). I’ve always admired all things
birth, with a special and dedicated interest in the birthing person. My
faith and passion for serving women is what led me to birth work. The
disproportionate negative outcomes for women of color is what will keep me
in the birth space. I desire change and there is no better way to see the
change than being a part of the change. I look forward to serving and
supporting you in your birth journey!!!

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Montserrat Perez-Nafarrate

Birth Assistant, EMT

Hey y’all! My name is Montse Perez and I am a Birth Assistant at Sweet
Child O Mine. I’m also studying for a Bachelor of Science in Health Science
at USF. I have prior experience working as an EMT, but I can say with
confidence that moms and babies are my favorite patients. I believe in
empowering mothers and families through knowledge and the freedom of choice
when it comes to their birthing experience, and I am so grateful to get to
be a part of it! Outside of school and work, I enjoy spending time with my
rescue pup, drinking way too much coffee, and lifting weights. ¡Tambien
hablo Español!

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