Michelle Hernandez, CPM
Michelle is a certified direct entry Senior Midwife. A direct entry midwife is trained by an apprenticeship with an experienced Senior Midwife, to attend low risk mothers who are expected to have a normal pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum period.
Michelle became interested in midwifery after the birth of her daughter in 1986. She served as labor support for a few years before beginning her training as a midwife. Michelle received her training in Las Vegas, NV., apprenticing with several Senior Midwives in the Nevada Midwives Association. She has enjoyed an ever growing practice in the metro area since 1993. Michelle opened Community Midwifery Service in 1996 to provide homebirth services as well as provide a birthing cottage for those who wished to have a natural, midwife-attended birth but did not want to stay at home.
She was the OMA president from 1998-2001 and is currently the Educational Director for the Oklahoma Midwives Alliance Midwifery Study Course. Michelle holds the belief that birth is an instinctual gift that all women possess and hopes to help her clients find their untapped strength through the birth process. She strives to assist her clients in having the best birth possible by providing them with midwifery care or helping them to transition to a provider that best serves their individual needs.
Her special interests include water birth, nutritional counsel, aroma therapy, homeopathy and herbal medicine.
Gail began her interest in midwifery in 1983. Her children were born in the hospital. Her experience was less than satisfying as she was very naive and the managed births were complicated. Those unfortunate experiences, however sad for her, make her more determined to prepare and provide good counsel for other mothers.
In 1984, Gail completed a midwifery apprenticeship in Arkansas, and the Association of Texas Certification program. Gail was a co-founder of the Oklahoma Midwives alliance in 1985 and served as President for three terms. She is a Senior Certified Midwife with the OMA.
In 1996 she merited the National Certification of Certified Professional Midwife. In 1998, she received the Naturopath Certificate with the Trinity School of Natural health. In 2011, Gail received certification for Craniosacral Therapy, which is a form of therapy created by an osteopath to gently work with the spine and the skull and its cranial sutures. Craniosacral Therapy can be used to resolve issues in labor, postpartum, and breastfeeding.
Gail believes that birth is a natural life occurrence and that women can birth their babies. She sees her role as a caregiver to the woman, to guard and educate, focusing on providing sound advice and good nutrition as the road to a safe birth and a healthy baby. Birth is the first step in the journey to map the distance between ourselves and parenting. It is the act of creating and living that bring memories and impressions that last a life time. Each family deserves the right to choose their birthplace and care giver. Midwifery and a home birth is a safe choice for low risk women. Midwife means “with woman,” and Gail loves being with you.
CranioSacral therapist, NRP/CPR Certified
Nikki is an Oklahoma Midwives Alliance (OMA) Senior Midwife, working towards her CPM and has been a member of the CMS team for 7 years.
Nikki’s passion for birth started early on. She has distinctive memories as an 8 year old of flipping through books and being fascinated with the stories and pictures depicting birth. Her journey as birth worker began as a teenager, when she was present for the home births of 2 of her siblings, in 1997 and 2000. She began training as a doula in 1999 and began attending births in 2000. Birth was put on hold for a time while she took an opportunity to live in Switzerland and explore European life. Nikki re-trained as a doula in 2007 and was DONA-certified in 2009. That same year that she joined the Community Midwifery team and also began the OMA’s Midwife Assistant course. She completed that course and was certified as a Midwife’s Assistant in 2011.
During 2011, Nikki also began her training in CranioSacral therapy (CST) and now specializes in pregnant women and infants. Along with Gail, Nikki provides an opportunity for all CMS clients and their babies to receive CranioSacral therapy during their pregnancy and postpartum period.
Nikki began midwifery training in 2012, and is on track to sit for her NARM CPM exam in late 2016.
Nikki believes that pregnancy and birth are powerful times in a woman’s life, and the role of a midwife is to support a woman in finding her own inner strength as she creates and brings forth her child.
Hannah is a graduate of the National College of Midwifery, where she earned an Associate of Science in Midwifery.
Hannah’s introduction to midwifery was at the age of 4 when her sister was born at home with a midwife. Being present in 5 of her mother’s births gave Hannah a deep appreciation and trust in the natural birth process. Hannah grew up loving birth, and viewing it as a normal and joyous process. After graduating high school, Hannah decided to pursue midwifery further.
In 2013 Hannah studied midwifery at Newlife International School of Midwifery, a midwifery school based in Davao City, Philippines, and was dual-enrolled in the U.S National College of Midwifery (NCM). During her two years in Philippines, Hannah worked in a clinic that provided free maternity care for the urban poor, assisted in over 250 births, and delivered almost 100 babies.
Since returning to the US in 2015, Hannah passed her North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) Board Exam and has begun serving the families at CMS.
Hannah holds a deep respect for women’s bodies and innate wisdom to guide them through their pregnancy, labor and birth. Hannah loves being there to share in the sweat and tears, joy and love, as well as making sure progress stays within the normal limits of safety. Hannah loves being able to help women have a safe and fulfilling birth.
Meet Our Assistants
Certified Midwife’s Assistant (OMA), Intern Midwife (OMA), Breastfeeding Educator, Certified Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), NRP/CPR Certified
Chelsey began her birth work as a Doula, but quickly moved into her training as a Monitrice, or midwife’s assistant. She provides breastfeeding counseling as well as car seat inspection. Chelsey joined the CMS team in 2011.
Certified Midwife’s Assistant (OMA), NRP/CPR Certified, Neuro-Developmental Delay Therapist (INPP)
Emily became interested in birth work while interning under a Neuro-Developmental Delay Therapist where she learned just how important pregnancy and birth are to the developing brain.
“I was interested in birth in general, but particularly in midwifery care, because it helps prevent many of the types of developmental delays that I was seeing”.
In 2013 Emily became a childbirth doula and started attending birth as a doula. In 2014 Emily earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and joined CMS to begin training as a Midwife’s Assistant. In 2016 Emily graduated from the Institute of Neuro-Physiological Psychology and opened Early Roots, a therapy practice for children with developmental delays.
“I absolutely love getting to work with a group of ladies who care about every aspect of a person’s well-being and strive to always take a holistic approach to care”.
Student Midwife’s Assistant (OMA), Certified Doula & Lactation Educator (Commonsense Childbirth), Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist (Fit For Birth), NRP/CPR Certified
Stephanie began her journey as a doula in 2012 while also working closely with a team of midwives at The Birth Place birthing center located in Winter Garden, Florida. Her experience in the birthing field includes working with married couples, teen moms, single mothers and same sex couples in a variety of settings including home, hospital and birthing center. She also has experience with non-medicated, medicated, induction, Cesarean section, VBAC, VBA2C, water birth, IVF, and high-risk pregnancies.
After three years of serving pregnant woman and guiding them through the pregnancy and childbirth process, Stephanie realized that there was a major key aspect of maternal health that was missing – and that was exercise! Stephanie decided to obtain her certification as a Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist and currently works with expecting moms and new moms on how to protect their body during and post childbirth, and how to avoid conditions such as diastasis recti, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, and other common pregnancy discomforts.
Stephanie obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 and is excited to join the team at CMS.