Kristine Tawater, LM, CPM
Owner & Midwife
I am a wife & mother of 5, all naturally born - 3 of them at home into the hands of midwives. I consider it a privilege to be a licensed midwife in the State of Texas & owner of the Dallas Birth Center. I believe in a mothers ability to give birth and respect the process of birth. I believe that midwives are the guardians of normal birth for low risk women and work hard to make sure the mothers in my care have safe, healthy pregnancies and powerful, restorative births.
I started out my journey as a DONA certified birth doula in 2003 until I began midwifery training in 2009. I received my academic education through the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program . I was in an active apprenticeship with 4 different midwives & one Dallas birth center where the art of midwifery care was passed to me by some of the best midwives around!
I graduated from ATM in September of 2011 and received my license in early 2012. I am a Texas Licensed Midwife (LM) and I hold a national credential Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American registry of Midwives. I decided to give back to the school I attended and am an approved preceptor for students/interns and grade coursework for new students. I am also an active member of the North Texas Midwives organization.
Kristy Hammack, LM, CPM
Many years ago, when my first child was born, I had no idea that modern midwives existed. The idea that there were options and choices of care providers or birth places did not even occur to me. When he was still very small, I happened to meet a student midwife and that chance encounter changed the course of my life forever. After she told me a little about her experiences as a midwife’s apprentice, I went directly to the bookstore and bought the only two books they had on midwifery (Heart and Hands and Spiritual Midwifery) and dove in headfirst. Before I had finished them, I was in love and that was that. I knew I had to become a midwife.
It took time. First I had my next baby, and the fact that she was a planned home birth turned hospital transport did nothing to dampen my enthusiasm. Shortly after her birth, I attended doula training and began supporting a small number of women in birth at a variety of settings. After my third birth, I knew it was time to begin my adventures in midwifery. In 2005 I enrolled in a midwifery training program, and in 2006 I began attending births as a student midwife. And haven’t looked back since. I hold prenatal at the Dallas Birth Center & offers home visits. I attend both home and birth center births.
Kasie McElhaney, LM, CPM
I am the mother to six children, four from my body and two that I have the pleasure of helping to raise and love. My first child was born in the hospital in an unmedicated birth and while the experience was fine, it felt like something was incomplete. For my second pregnancy, I was introduced to midwifery. This decision changed everything! My experience was life-changing and I knew that being a midwife was my calling.
I was born and raised in Wichita falls, Texas and had the pleasure of serving that area for four years with my own birth center. When I was offered the chance to join the amazing team at the Dallas Birth Center, I could not turn it down. I relocated in 2016 and have been serving the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro area since. I offer prenatal visits at the Dallas Birth Center. I attend both home and birth center births.
Rachel Browns, CD, LCCE
I am a blessed wife to a very supportive husband who was born deaf, and together we have brought 5 wonderful children into this world - including a set of twins. I had many different but rewarding birth experiences with each one of them (including an emergency C-section & successful VBAC), largely due to the respectful and loving care team that surrounded us at each birth.
For over a decade, I've had the privilege of supporting women as a certified Birth & Postpartum Doula - and specialized in doula support for deaf mothers and families with special needs. I am also a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and feel strongly that evidence-based childbirth education is a crucial element in achieving an empowering birth experience. I am currently working toward completing the qualifications to assist births at the Dallas Birth Center.
It has been an honor to be a part of the Dallas Birth Center from its inception, and to work together with an incredibly warm-hearted team of supportive, professional, and knowledgeable care providers, educators, and staff. Their dedication and tenderness has created a special environment, where midwives become your friends & staff becomes your family. What a blessing it is to wake up and be excited to go to work each day!
So give us a call at the Dallas Birth Center...I'll most likely be the welcoming voice at the other end of the line.