MIDWIVES

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KERRI AUDETTE, LM

Kerri Audette, is a licensed midwife and graduate of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, where she currently serves as Program Director. Kerri also holds a Bachelor's of Design from the University of Florida School of Architecture. She was inspired to pursue work in women’s health as a result of her experiences with her local women’s roller derby league. Kerri is a Gainesville native and birthed her own children at home with midwives.

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ABBY REICHARDT, LM, CPM

Abby Reichardt is a Florida native born and raised in the Gainesville area. She earned a Bachelor's of Science from The University of Florida in Family, Youth and Community Sciences, and worked for a nonprofit in the area for a year before returning to school to pursue her true passion: Women's health and family wellness. From a young age, Abby felt drawn to birth, babies and families. She has been doing birth work since 2010, and began her time with The Midwives Cooperative as a student midwife in 2015, becoming fully certified as a Florida Licensed Midwife in 2019. She feels very fortunate to be part of such a supportive home birth practice, and prides the work that the co-op does to keep low-risk out of hospital birth safe, accessible and affordable. She is also a Board Member for The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, teaches Childbirth Education locally and participates in midwifery-related legislative efforts statewide. Abby would not be the person she is today without the incredible support of her husband and two children (and three fur babies), who provide her with endless joy and love. In her free time, you will find Abby snuggling her kids and family or floating in a local spring or river.

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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.

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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

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATORS

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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 their beloved nieces! Abigail is passionate about Birth Justice, and strives to make midwifery care accessible to all who desire it.

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HOLLI BEST

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.

STUDENTS