Our Approach

Community Midwifery Services, founded in 1995, is a group centered practice providing midwifery service to the community and operating as a community. We are dedicated to the education, support, and care of women in the childbearing year and beyond. The Midwifery Model of Care is a reasonable option for low-risk women.  It offers them shared decision-making, a family-centered experience and the opportunity for a fulfilling, empowering birth. CMS is committed to providing access to comprehensive, evidence-based care.

Meet the Midwives

Michelle Hernandez, CPM

Michelle became interested in midwifery after the birth of her daughter in 1986, and attended her first birth in 1987.

  • Apprenticeship: Las Vegas, NV – 1991 to 1993
  • Began practice in Oklahoma – 1993
  • Passed the NARM National Exam – 1995
  • Expanded credential to Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) – 2006

Michelle strives to assist our 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.

Gail Brown, ND, CPM

Gail began her interest in midwifery in 1983. After personally experiencing 3 impersonal hospital deliveries, she became determined to provide another option for mothers.

  • Apprenticeship: Arkansas – 1984
  • Completed the Association of Texas Midwife Certification program – 1984
  • Co-founded the Oklahoma Midwives Alliance (OMA) – 1985
  • Certified as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) – 1996
  • Completed the Naturopath Certification with Trinity School of Natural Health – 1998
  • Infant CranioSacral Training with Carol Gray – 2011
  • Upledger CranioSacral Trainings CST1, CST2, SER1 & SER2 – 2011 to 2014

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. Midwife means “with woman,” and Gail loves being with you.

Nicole (Nikki) Imes, CPM, CranioSacral therapist

Nikki’s passion began her passion for birth at an early age, attending the home births of 2 of her siblings in 1997 & 2000.

  • Began attending births as a doula – 2000
  • Certified as a DONA Birth Doula – 2009
  • Certified as an OMA Midwife’s Assistant – 2011
  • Infant CranioSacral Training with Carol Gray – 2011
  • Upledger CranioSacral Trainings CST1, CST2, SER1 & SER2 – 2011 to 2014
  • Completed the OMA Senior Midwife requirements – 2016
  • Certified as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) – 2017

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.

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Hannah Hassen, ASM, CPM

Hannah had her introduction to midwifery 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. 

  • Apprenticeship at Newlife International School of Midwifery – 2013 to 2015
  • Graduated from the US National College of Midwifery (NCM) with an Associate of Science in Midwifery – 2015
  • Certified as a Certified Professional Midwife – 2015

Hannah holds a deep respect for women’s bodies and innate wisdom to guide them through their pregnancy, labor and birth. She loves being there to share in the sweat, tears, joy and love, as well as making sure progress stays within the normal limits of safety, so that women can have a safe and fulfilling birth.

Meet the Assistants

Chelsey Murphy

Chelsey began her journey into birth work while in nursing school. After witnessing hospital births, she felt that there had to be a better way to support mothers. That encouraged her to start the process of doula certification.

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) – 2009
  • Doula training – 2010
  • Certified as a DONA Birth Doula – 2011
  • Joined the CMS team – 2011
  • Became an APPA trained placenta encapsulator – 2012
  • Certified as an OMA Midwife Assistant – 2013
  • Certified Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) – 2014
  • Intern Midwife – 2013 to present
  • Founded the Family Tree Birthing Services – 2016

Chelsey’s mission is to provide family-centered care. She believes that every family deserves the opportunity to make the most informed decisions for them and wants every family to experience what it is like to be fully supported during such a sacred time in their lives.

Emily Prentice

Emily became interested in birth work while interning with a Neuro-Developmental Delay Therapist in college. She learned just how important pregnancy and birth are to the developing brain and how important midwifery care is in preventing problems during this time.

  • Doula training – 2013
  • Graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology – 2014
  • Joined the CMS team
  • Certified as an OMA Midwife’s Assistant – 2016
  • Completed post-graduate training for Neuro-Developmental Delay – 2016
  • Founded Early Roots Therapy for Neuro-Development

Emily believes in taking a holistic approach to caring for families during their pregnancy, birth and postpartum period. The kind of care that families receive during this time can have a huge impact on both their immediate and long term physical and mental health. Midwifery care focuses on prevention, education and collaboration, all things that she believes are important aspects of any form of health care.

Crystal Wright

Crystal developed her passion for birth work during the various birth experiences of her 8 children.

  • Certified as a DONA Birth Doula – 2014
  • Certified as a HypnoBabies HypnoDoula – 2015
  • Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) – 2016
  • Joined the CMS team – 2017

 Crystal believes that women are designed to birth, so it is her passion to educate, advocate, and facilitate for the best possible experience.

“The greatest joy is to become a mother…the second greatest is to become a midwife.” – Norwegian Proverb