As a nurse midwife, I have worked hard to be able to offer families all birth options: home birth, birth center, and hospital birth. I started out as a doula and childbirth educator before getting my RN degree. I believe all women benefit from prenatal care with a midwife due to the emphasis of the Midwifery Model on education, partnership, and natural childbirth.
I have three amazing sons, two of which were born at home with a midwife. As a health care provider, I encourage natural remedies for healing and have taken course to increase my knowledge. I do, however take pride in my ability to offer medication when necessary. All women deserve to make choices during their birth process and it is an honor to help offer natural childbirth options to families in our community.
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the birthing families of Central Florida as a midwife for the past sixteen years. During that time I have owned and/or operated two birth centers and had a busy homebirth practice, as well. In addition, I served as president of the board of directors for the Seminole County Healthy Start Coalition for 2 years. Part of my mission and calling as a midwife is to serve in developing, low resource countries and educate providers that work in those areas. I have done disaster relief work in the Philippines at the Bumi Wadah birth camp after Typhoon Yolanda and in Guatemala conducting prenatal and health clinics. Locally, I am a preceptor and mentor for two Florida midwifery schools helping to train and educate student midwives.
I have had the pleasure of attending over 1,300 births and still find it to be an amazing and wondrous process! It is my belief that every women benefits from respectful, caring, midwifery modeled care. It’s thrilling to see a woman become more and more empowered and confident as she learns about her own body and her growing baby as she is an active participant in her care. As a midwife, I take a natural, holistic approach in the care I provide. A lot of time is spent on educating, talking, listening and building a relationship of mutual trust. I view pregnancy and birth as a normal, healthy event in a woman’s life. I believe that unnecessary interference in the birth process can disrupt the body’s normal function, leading to intervention-caused complications. Therefore, I embrace the role of midwife as guardian of the normal in childbirth. I believe that the birthing woman who has her physical and emotional needs met, and who is given skillful and caring support during pregnancy and birth, has the best chance for a normal and positive birth experience. I’m excited to be a part of the Tree of Life Birth & Gynecology team!
Rhonda has been serving families in the Central Florida area since 2004 as a doula, lactation counselor and childbirth educator. She came to work for Tree of Life in 2011 as receptionist then office manager she then felt called to pursue her midwifery education. She enrolled at Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in 2012. She graduated in April 2015 and received her license the following month. In her time off, Rhonda enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters as well as sewing and cooking.
After witnessing the birth of her niece Ava, in 2008, Jaclyn felt compelled to begin supporting women during their pregnancies and births. While working in the early education field, she began studying to become a doula and completed a degree in Biology. Jaclyn entered into the Midwifery program at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in 2012, as well as began working for Tree of Life as a member of the office staff. Upon graduating in 2015, Jaclyn embarked on her Midwifery career, part time, with Tree of Life, while pregnant with her daughter Margaux, who was born at home the following August. She now serves women in the Volusia county area, where her and her husband reside, at the Deland Birth Center. Her long term goal is to extend the Midwifery Model of Care to women in underserved communities, especially those residing in areas of high infant mortality.