Teri has known that she was called to midwifery since she was just a child. As she was caring for a young friend, it came to her that she would one day attend to birthing families. She spent the following twenty years working to achieve the honor to do just that!
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Teri earned an associate degree in applied science in nursing from Crouse Hospital School of Nursing in 2003. She immediately continued on to earn a bachelor degree in science in nursing from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2006. Her family relocated from Upstate NY to the DFW area in 2009, to support Teri in her dreams of becoming a midwife. She earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree in midwifery from Baylor University in 2014, prior to becoming certified as a nurse midwife by the American Midwifery Certification Board.
Amidst her time of nursing studies, she practiced as a registered nurse on a medical-surgical unit, a mother-baby unit, a hospital based birthing center, an in-patient lactation department with out patient clinic, and a free standing birthing center & home birth practice. She became certified in lactation in 2011 by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, the gold standard in professional lactation care.
As a midwife, she has had the great privilege of supporting women at the historic Allen Birthing Center and in their homes. Home birth is her absolute favorite way to attend to laboring and birthing families. Teri has a strong desire to bring skilled, safe, competent midwifery care to those who desire a home birth in Frisco, TX and surrounding areas.
Teri's passion does not end with the baby's birth. All of her clients receive two lactation consultations, if they desire. Teri is a highly skilled lactation consultant, with well over 5,000 hours of experience helping women breast feed their babies. She specializes in complex cases, including oral restriction (such as tongue & lip ties), breastfeeding after reduction, insufficient glandular tissue, low milk supply and difficult latching (including flat or inverted nipples).
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Teri is a passionate human rights activist. She is a board member of the professional organization Nurses for the Rights of the Child & locally co-manages North Texas Natural Parenting. She can be found at local festivals, as well as international conferences, educating parents and professionals about the practice of male infant circumcision in the United States. Her doctoral capstone study was dedicated to educating expecting parents, in hopes that they could make a well-informed & confident decision for their baby. The results of her study were published in Journal of Perinatal Education & titled: Shared Decision Making for Routine Infant Circumcision: A Pilot Study. Teri would be happy to share the educational content from her study with her clients!
Teri is the wife of Army National Guard officer Lt. Mitchell, who understands the importance of a beautiful birth experience. He can be often found parenting their three daughters while Teri is attending to birthing families for hours on end. She could not be the attentive midwife she is without his never-ending support.
In her free time, Teri enjoys ice cream sundae & movie night with her family! She and her husband also play softball on their church's co-ed softball team. She adores her two rescued German Shepherds, Buddy & Kylee!
She hopes to serve a diverse range of families, of all races, beliefs, and gender expression. She supports all family types, including same-sex couples, transgender individuals, surrogacy, mixed race, single parent, and everything in between.