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Dawn Meier, LM

While pursuing her degree in psychology at Wright State University, Dawn studied the effects of birth trauma to newborns. Her findings shaped her ideas about peaceful, natural birth and led Dawn to become a doula. After a short time, Dawn enrolled in a direct-entry midwifery program at Manna School of Midwifery and Health Sciences.

 

She fulfilled her clinical experience mostly in birth centers, attending homebirths, and in Jamaican and Guatemalan hospitals. Upon graduation from her program, she started a small homebirth practice in southwest Florida and then began working as a staff midwife at The Family Birth Centers (Naples & Ft. Myers).

She was quickly promoted to Clinical Director of both facilities. In March of 2005, she took over The Family Birth Center of Naples and is now the owner and Director. She has studied homeopathy at Florida Academy of Classical Homeopathy, hoping to eventually add this amazing modality of holistic healthcare into her existing practice.

 

Dawn is living her dream providing holistic care to women and empowering families through their births every day. Dawn has had three exciting births of her own, including one homebirth.

Jo Obando - HomeVisit Consultant/Birth Assistant

Jo is an aspiring midwife, currently studying for her Bachelors in Nursing, she graduates in May 2018! With her passion for labor and delivery, Jo fills many roles at FBC, including Birth Assistant, the Home-Visit Consultant, and the Placenta Specialist! Jo is one of our few Spanish speaking staff members.

 

Cheryl Bernardi – Licensed Massage Therapist, Lactation Counselor CLC, Yoga / Pilates Instructor

Cheryl began teaching yoga in 1998 in Switzerland, where she also trained as a Yoga Therapist. She taught Yoga, Pilates, and Meditation courses at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, from 2001 - 2007.

 

Cheryl is currently working as a Licensed Massage Therapist, specializing in prenatal massage.

 

She feels her knowledge of meditation, mind and body exercises, and yoga breathing techniques has given her the ability to expertly guide women with pain management instructions during labor.

 

Cheryl is pleased to be offering courses in practical birth rehearsals as well as massages for pregnancy and postpartum at the Family Birth Center. She is very much looking forward to meeting you soon!

Emily Arnold - Office Manager/Financial Director

Emily works behind the scenes to set up financial contracts for FBC clients. She can answer your financial questions and help you establish a payment schedule to fit into your budget.

 

Emily has five children, all born out-of-hospital (four at FBC, one at home).

Damaris Valenzuela - Administrative Assistant/Birth Assistant

Damaris coordinates class schedules and provides scheduling support to patients, whether it be in-house or referrals to auxiliary providers. With 6 years of practice as our main birth assistant, Damaris offers compassion and support to help create the best birth experience for all of our moms.

 

Damaris has two children of her own, and she is the only person in our office who is fluent in Spanish.

Jennifer Fischer - Client Care Coordinator/Birth Assistant/Educator

Jennifer is the friendly face at the front desk answering phones, scheduling appointments, and collecting payments.  She is also a birth assistant, a trained doula, and she teaches our Birth Rehearsal Workshop.

 

Jennifer has four beautiful children, and one on the way!

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Ali Gardella - Licensed Massage Therapist

Jackie Burgess, LM

Having grown up on a farm in Idaho, Jackie was always in awe of the miracle of birth. She made it

her mission not to miss a single baby animal being born on the farm. As a young adult, Jackie moved to Minnesota, where she worked in real estate and raised her two children. In 2008, she moved to Florida with her family and decided to pursue her passion in Midwifery. Jackie trained at IIHCP in Boca Raton and did clinical’s in birth centers and homes around Cape Coral and the Fort Myers area.  She also spent some time in the Dominican Republic, where she was fortunate enough to assist with deliveries in a birthing hospital in Santo Domingo, averaging over 40 births/day. In 2014, Jackie graduated from Midwifery school and started her own home birth business.   Family Birth Center in Naples welcomed Jackie in 2017.

 

Jackie has found a home at the birth center surrounded by a like-minded team that feels as passionately as she does about the power of natural birth.  

Elaine Davis - Educator

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Elaine has been a part of FBC team since the beginning.  She has worked as an educator, a doula, and a birth assistant.

 

Elaine is currently teaching Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding at FBC.  

In 2010, Ali earned her Yoga Teacher Training certification, then proceeded to become a Reiki Practitioner and Massage Therapist.

Ali has been offering Prenatal Massage at The Family Birth Center since 2016.

Haley Saunders, RN

Haley has 7 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse.  In addition to nursing, Haley is a trained doula,  childbirth educator, and a mother of two. Her mission is to instill confidence through education, and empower women and their partner through labor, birth and postpartum support! Your biggest moment is her greatest passion!