MIDWIVES

     ABIGAIL FLETCHER, LM

Abigail graduated from the International School of Midwifery in 2009, and has been practicing here in Gainesville since then. Abigail has been honored to attend hundreds of births including the births of both of her beloved nieces! Abigail is passionate about Birth Justice, and strives to make midwifery care accessible to all who desire it.  

 

    D. LYNNE SALZBURG, LM

A 1986 graduate of The North Florida School of Midwifery, Lynne attended home births in Gainesville and the surrounding areas for 6 years, and then spent 12 years as a Midwife at The Birth Center of Gainesville. A change in ownership of the Center brought her back to her “first love” – helping families birth at home! Mother of four home-born children (now grown), she is happily spoiling grandchildren.  Lynne is also a HypnoBirthing® instructor offering a 5-series class at our location.

 

JESSICA STEVENSON, LM

Jessica was born at home and it was hearing her parents’ tender account of their experience with midwives while growing up that led her to pursue midwifery.  She received her midwifery degree from the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in 2003. As a student, Jessica was able to intern in a maternity clinic in Cartagena, Colombia which provided her with both high-risk experience and a stronger understanding of birth cross-culturally. After 9 years of practicing as a midwife, Jessica gave birth to her son at home in 2012. With a deep commitment to midwifery, she is inspired to give women and families the birth experience they desire. Jessica also teaches the core midwifery courses at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery

 

MANDI PITTMAN, LM CPM

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A 2016 graduate of The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery and past apprentice at Midwives Cooperative, Mandi is thrilled to be joining the practice. She has called Gainesville home since 2000 and is proud to continue to serve families in the area. Growing up, Mandi’s curiosity and fascination with pregnancy and childbirth eventually led her to pursue midwifery. Mandi birthed her daughter, June, at home with her husband and midwives by her side in 2014. This experience further solidified her commitment to empowering families to have the healthy and satisfying birth experience they desire.

 

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATORS

ABBY REICHARDT, SM

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Abby Reichardt is a lifelong local of North Central Florida. She is currently a senior midwifery student at The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, and also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences from UF. Abby has been a birth worker locally since 2010 and loves working with families to provide a supportive community for all to flourish. She has been working with the Midwives Cooperative since returning to midwifery school in 2015. She lives on a farm with chickens, dogs, cats, her husband John, and their energetic son, Earley, who was born at home in 2013. Abby loves the rivers and springs of North Central Florida, and spends her time advocating for the environment and licensed midwifery, listening to and/or singing music, or sharing time with family and friends.

 

HOLLI BEST

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Holli Best has been doing birth and postpartum care as well as parent education since 2004. She has a background in Child Development and Family Life-Transitions and was trained by DONA International. Holli and her husband have three children who were all caught by midwives in birth pools. As part of the Co-op family, Holli has taught the postpartum and newborn childbirth education classes since 2010.