Our Midwives

Midwives are guardians of natural childbirth with exceptional training and experience in prenatal, birth, and postpartum care.  Family Birth Services has some of the most respected midwives in the DFW area. All of our midwives hold a Texas license (LM) and a national certification by The North American Registry of Midwives (CPM).  This certification is the only certification requiring specific clinical experience in home birth. From years of training midwives, Family Birth Services can ensure thorough academic and extensive clinical training of each of our midwives.  Our team approach allows you the benefit of collaborating with many midwives while establishing personalized care from one primary caregiver.

 One of the aspects of providing excellent care involves allowing our clients to choose their primary midwife.   The bond between you and your midwife is an honored relationship.  The midwife of your choosing will guide you through your pregnancy, from initial prenatal to final postpartum and everything in between.  Simultaneously providing you with personal guidance and reviewing your case with our Director. Whether this is your first baby, or you have several children already, your midwife can offer an individual approach and provide support throughout your pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum.  Family Birth Services stands behind all of our midwives to ensure you receive only the best!

Lisa Thomas Welch, LM
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and Preceptor

​​Lisa began her journey in midwifery in 1999 in her hometown of Joplin, Missouri. She moved to Texas in 2004 to complete her clinical training at Family Birth Services. After receiving her Texas midwifery license and her CPM in 2006, Lisa stayed in Texas and joined the staff of FBS. She has now been on staff with us for twelve years, and has attended over 500 births. 

​Lisa’s midwifery focus is education and teaching. With a strong emphasis on comprehending the physiology of pregnancy and birth and encouraging evidence based practices, Lisa has greatly enriched both the clinical standards at FBS as well as the quality of our students’ education. Lisa served as the apprentice director at FBS for several years, and developed high quality educational workshops which she continues to teach both in the DFW area as well as other states. 

Lisa is currently serving her second year as the president of the North Texas Midwives (NTM) Association,​​ a non-profit organization uniting midwife professionals and others supporting safe childbirth options. In this role she facilitates monthly meetings for midwives in the DFW area, networks with other medical professionals and invests in continuing education for midwives. 

​Lisa lives with her husband TJ and her two sons Tommy and Parker in Cedar Hill. ​​​She currently accepts only a few repeat clients, and enjoys spending most of her time being a wife and mother. Lisa also likes cooking, creating food art, and spending time outdoors.​​​

Lisa Thomas Welch, LM
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and Preceptor

​​​​Lisa began her journey in midwifery in 1999 in her hometown of Joplin, Missouri. She moved to Texas in 2004 to complete her clinical training at Family Birth Services. After receiving her Texas midwifery license and her CPM in 2006, Lisa stayed in Texas and joined the staff of FBS. She has now been on staff with us for twelve years, and has attended over 500 births. 

​Lisa’s midwifery focus is education and teaching. With a strong emphasis on comprehending the physiology of pregnancy and birth and encouraging evidence based practices, Lisa has greatly enriched both the clinical standards at FBS as well as the quality of our students’ education. Lisa served as the apprentice director at FBS for several years, and developed high quality educational workshops which she continues to teach both in the DFW area as well as other states. 

Lisa is currently serving her second year as the president of the North Texas Midwives (NTM) Association,​​ a non-profit organization uniting midwife professionals and others supporting safe childbirth options. In this role she facilitates monthly meetings for midwives in the DFW area, networks with other medical professionals and invests in continuing education for midwives. 

​Lisa lives with her husband TJ and her two sons Tommy and Parker in Cedar Hill. ​​​She currently accepts only a few repeat clients, and enjoys spending most of her time being a wife and mother. Lisa also likes cooking, creating food art, and spending time outdoors.​​​

Lincey Yankus, LM

Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and Preceptor

​With her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology / Pre-Med, Lincey combines her love for babies with her vast midwifery experience to provide excellence in professional care.  Having been raised on a small farm in southern Alabama, she grew up helping her mother treat sickness with natural remedies, homemade herbal tinctures, and teas.  Lincey has always had a deep passion for natural and holistic solutions.

In 2010, Lincey graduated from Asbury University and went on to attend the National College of Midwifery while completing the Newlife International School of Midwifery in Davao City, Philippines.  She lived and studied there for two years, helping to ‘catch’ babies at one of the highest volume birth centers in the city, where they offered free maternity care to the underprivileged women in the city.

After she graduated Newlife with her Associates Degree in Midwifery and completed the national certification exam with North American Registry of Midwives’ (NARM), Lincey officially became a licensed midwife in the State of Texas.  Since that time, she has attended over 700 births, 200+ of which as the primary care provider.

Lincey loves mission work and has traveled to Mexico, China, Panama, and the Philippines.  She’s always enjoyed living overseas but above all Lincey loves serving God by serving others wherevers she is.  Lincey also enjoys teaching students and serves in the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program (ATMMTP) as a regular workshop instructor.  Currently she lives in Dallas with her husband Joshua and their fur babies, George and Stanley. She would love to help you and your family welcome the newest member.

Lincey Yankus, LM

Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and Preceptor

With her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology / Pre-Med, Lincey combines her love for babies with her vast midwifery experience to provide excellence in professional care.  Having been raised on a small farm in southern Alabama, she grew up helping her mother treat sickness with natural remedies, homemade herbal tinctures, and teas.  Lincey has always had a deep passion for natural and holistic solutions.

In 2010, Lincey graduated from Asbury University and went on to attend the National College of Midwifery while completing the Newlife International School of Midwifery in Davao City, Philippines.  She lived and studied there for two years, helping to ‘catch’ babies at one of the highest volume birth centers in the city, where they offered free maternity care to the underprivileged women in the city.

After she graduated Newlife with her Associates Degree in Midwifery and completed the national certification exam with North American Registry of Midwives’ (NARM), Lincey officially became a licensed midwife in the State of Texas.  Since that time, she has attended over 700 births, 200+ of which as the primary care provider.

Lincey loves mission work and has traveled to Mexico, China, Panama, and the Philippines.  She’s always enjoyed living overseas but above all Lincey loves serving God by serving others wherevers she is.  Lincey also enjoys teaching students and serves in the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program (ATMMTP) as a regular workshop instructor.  Currently she lives in Dallas with her husband Joshua and their fur babies, George and Stanley. She would love to help you and your family welcome the newest member.

Becky Thorp, LM
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)

​Becky joins us from the great state of Idaho.  Having been born at home herself, midwifery is very familiar in her family.  Becky has always had a love for babies and a heart to serve women and families.

After graduating from high school in 2009, Becky completed the Ecola Bible School program in Cannon Beach, Oregon.  In 2012, she had the privilege of being present at the birth of her nephew.  It was there that Becky realized that midwifery was her calling.  She enrolled in the Charis Childbirth Midwifery Program in 2014 and began attending birth as a Doula for her friends and family.  In March of 2016, she moved to Grand Prairie, Texas and began her clinical apprenticeship with Family Birth Services.  While here, she also started a family of her own with her new husband Nate and their new son, Elliot. 

Since Becky got her license in 2018, her style is marked by conscientious focus and putting a priority on a client’s emotional and physical well-being.  She believes in evidence-based care and true informed consent to empower families for shared decision making.  Her love for children often comes out in the way she interacts with them.  Becky also looks for opportunities to involve the other children of the client’s family in their mother’s prenatal and postpartum visits.  Becky is a Certified Professional Midwife through North American Registry of Midwives and a certified Doula and Childbirth Educator.

Becky Thorp, LM
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)

Becky joins us from the great state of Idaho.  Having been born at home herself, midwifery is very familiar in her family.  Becky has always had a love for babies and a heart to serve women and families.

After graduating from high school in 2009, Becky completed the Ecola Bible School program in Cannon Beach, Oregon.  In 2012, she had the privilege of being present at the birth of her nephew.  It was there that Becky realized that midwifery was her calling.  She enrolled in the Charis Childbirth Midwifery Program in 2014 and began attending birth as a Doula for her friends and family.  In March of 2016, she moved to Grand Prairie, Texas and began her clinical apprenticeship with Family Birth Services.  While here, she also started a family of her own with her new husband Nate and their new son, Elliot. 

Since Becky got her license in 2018, her style is marked by conscientious focus and putting a priority on a client’s emotional and physical well-being.  She believes in evidence-based care and true informed consent to empower families for shared decision making.  Her love for children often comes out in the way she interacts with them.  Becky also looks for opportunities to involve the other children of the client’s family in their mother’s prenatal and postpartum visits.  Becky is a Certified Professional Midwife through North American Registry of Midwives and a certified Doula and Childbirth Educator.

Sarah White

Sarah White, LM
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)

After High School, Sarah was on track to have a career as an RN but the more time she spent in the medical field, the more she began to realize how structed and impersonal the medical model of care could be.  Having been born at home with a midwife herself, she liked the personal experience that her mother had.  In January 2016, Sarah decided to switch gears and begin her midwifery journey.  She graduated from the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program and after completing her apprenticeship with Family Birth Services, she got her license to practice midwifery in the State of Texas.  Since then, she has attended over 80 births and has been the primary care provider for about 26 births. Sarah loves building relationships with clients and providing continuity of care.  She values educating women and preserving the natural process of childbirth.  Sarah has a special heart for VBACs, inspired by seeing her own mother educate herself and achieve that goal.

In 2017, Sarah married her husband Taylor, who works for the City of Fort Worth.  The two of them live in the DFW area surrounded by their hometowns and family.  Sarah is heavily involved in her church and engaged in community outreach for low-income pregnant women.  Sarah would be an excellent choice to help you in your family’s care.

Sarah White

Sarah White, LM
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)

After High School, Sarah was on track to have a career as an RN but the more time she spent in the medical field, the more she began to realize how structed and impersonal the medical model of care could be.  Having been born at home with a midwife herself, she liked the personal experience that her mother had.  In January 2016, Sarah decided to switch gears and begin her midwifery journey.  She graduated from the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program and after completing her apprenticeship with Family Birth Services, she got her license to practice midwifery in the State of Texas.  Since then, she has attended over 80 births and has been the primary care provider for about 26 births. Sarah loves building relationships with clients and providing continuity of care.  She values educating women and preserving the natural process of childbirth.  Sarah has a special heart for VBACs, inspired by seeing her own mother educate herself and achieve that goal.

In 2017, Sarah married her husband Taylor, who works for the City of Fort Worth.  The two of them live in the DFW area surrounded by their hometowns and family.  Sarah is heavily involved in her church and engaged in community outreach for low-income pregnant women.  Sarah would be an excellent choice to help you in your family’s care.

Karen Quigley, LM, IBCLC

Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)

Having served in maternal health for over 30 years, Karen began her journey as a childbirth educator, doula, and birth assistant.  She grew up in Dallas but moved to Colorado in high school and into college.  After she got married and had her first child, she started her midwifery career.  She started as a midwife in Colorado and then moved to New Mexico.  She’s been back in Dallas / Fort Worth since 2019 and has attended over 900 births.  Karen has served overseas as well as here in the United States.  Karen has experience in hospital births as well as birth center births, functions as a preceptor for the future generation of midwives and serves as a lactation consultant.

 

Karen Quigley, LM, IBCLC

Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)

Having served in maternal health for over 30 years, Karen began her journey as a childbirth educator, doula, and birth assistant.  Today she has attended over 900 births and also serves as a lactation consultant.  Karen has served overseas as well as here in the United States.  She started in Colorado before moving to New Mexico and then on to Texas.  Karen also experienced in hospitals birth as well as birth center births and functions as a preceptor for the future generation of midwives.

 

Alyssa Willis

Alyssa Willis (Student Midwife)

Home for Alyssa is nestled in the fingertips of the Appalachian mountains where she and her family of ten started a farm. When they began adding animals, she immediately took the role of caring for them, and in March of 2009 she saw her first animal birth. The birth was an amazing miracle that sparked an interest to see every birth on the farm. Alyssa enjoyed the life tending to the needs of animals and was even thinking of becoming a veterinarian. One September morning in 2011 that idea shifted when the Lord called her to a new field, midwifery, pointing out that pregnancy, birth, and the newborn were her favorite parts of the farm.

Having no clear starting point, a door opened for Alyssa to attend an introduction to midwifery class in September 2012. It was during the week long class the calling was confirmed and determination rose to carry out the dream as she learned more about the role of a midwife and what she does. She left knowing she wanted to take the direct-entry route to become a CPM, but unsure still where to begin. The midwife who taught the class recommended a birth center in western Texas to acquire clinical training, which Alyssa blew off thinking she never wanted to go to Texas for two years let alone out of state and away from home. Little did she know where the Lord would take her in this journey!

A few years later Alyssa began a search for a midwifery books, which in turn led into a search for a school. The distance-based school, Charis Childbirth, fit all the criteria she had in mind, and she began their midwifery program in April of 2016.  A year later, she faced the dilemma of no births under her belt or midwives in her rural area to bridge the gap between gaining experience while searching for a long-term apprenticeship.  The Lord directed her through another midwifery student in her school to a midwife in Minnesota, who took students for short periods of time.  She flew up there and attended her first birth on International Midwives Day, which was followed by eight more in her time with that midwife. Shortly after getting back from spending a second month in Minnesota, the Lord opened the next door to her training.  A senior student at Family Birth Services had been sharing about her apprenticeship with Alyssa for over year, and the idea of going to Texas for a couple years became less daunting.  Alyssa had put in her application for the FBS apprenticeship program, and after returning from Minnesota she got the exciting news that she’d be moving to Texas for clinical training after all!  She made the move and officially began in July of 2018.

Alyssa enjoys all parts of midwifery, but especially the aspect of developing a relationship with the client and personalizing the care to her as an individual. Long term, she plans to return home to the mountains of Tennessee and serve the women there where there is a strong need for out-of-hospital options for birth.

Outside midwifery, Alyssa loves to spend her time with the Lord, family, and friends. The kitchen is another area where she likes spending time cooking food for others to enjoy, hence the smell of baking bread on occasions.

Alyssa Willis

Alyssa Willis (Student Midwife)

Home for Alyssa is nestled in the fingertips of the Appalachian mountains where she and her family of ten started a farm. When they began adding animals, she immediately took the role of caring for them, and in March of 2009 she saw her first animal birth. The birth was an amazing miracle that sparked an interest to see every birth on the farm. Alyssa enjoyed the life tending to the needs of animals and was even thinking of becoming a veterinarian. One September morning in 2011 that idea shifted when the Lord called her to a new field, midwifery, pointing out that pregnancy, birth, and the newborn were her favorite parts of the farm.

Having no clear starting point, a door opened for Alyssa to attend an introduction to midwifery class in September 2012. It was during the week long class the calling was confirmed and determination rose to carry out the dream as she learned more about the role of a midwife and what she does. She left knowing she wanted to take the direct-entry route to become a CPM, but unsure still where to begin. The midwife who taught the class recommended a birth center in western Texas to acquire clinical training, which Alyssa blew off thinking she never wanted to go to Texas for two years let alone out of state and away from home. Little did she know where the Lord would take her in this journey!

A few years later Alyssa began a search for a midwifery books, which in turn led into a search for a school. The distance-based school, Charis Childbirth, fit all the criteria she had in mind, and she began their midwifery program in April of 2016.  A year later, she faced the dilemma of no births under her belt or midwives in her rural area to bridge the gap between gaining experience while searching for a long-term apprenticeship.  The Lord directed her through another midwifery student in her school to a midwife in Minnesota, who took students for short periods of time.  She flew up there and attended her first birth on International Midwives Day, which was followed by eight more in her time with that midwife. Shortly after getting back from spending a second month in Minnesota, the Lord opened the next door to her training.  A senior student at Family Birth Services had been sharing about her apprenticeship with Alyssa for over year, and the idea of going to Texas for a couple years became less daunting.  Alyssa had put in her application for the FBS apprenticeship program, and after returning from Minnesota she got the exciting news that she’d be moving to Texas for clinical training after all!  She made the move and officially began in July of 2018.

Alyssa enjoys all parts of midwifery, but especially the aspect of developing a relationship with the client and personalizing the care to her as an individual. Long term, she plans to return home to the mountains of Tennessee and serve the women there where there is a strong need for out-of-hospital options for birth.

Outside midwifery, Alyssa loves to spend her time with the Lord, family, and friends. The kitchen is another area where she likes spending time cooking food for others to enjoy, hence the smell of baking bread on occasions.

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