Meet the Staff

The staff at Journey Birth Center

It is her heart’s desire to journey with couples through their own unique birth experiences, offering encouragement and support to achieve the best, safest, most comfortable and positive experience possible.

AMBER BERRY, CPM, LM, MSc, OWNER

Amber is a certified professional midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives and licensed midwife in Texas. With an education as a midwife and background as a doula and childbirth educator, as well as  mom of 6 children herself, she brings a wealth of childbirth knowledge to the table.  Amber has 6 children, all of which were natural births with midwives.  Each was a very different yet equally sacred experience—one was even born in a third world country with a missionary midwife.  The tender support given to her during each birth ignited a desire to serve women through their journey of childbirth as a midwife.  She believes in women’s bodies and their ability to give birth the way it was designed.  She also believes in a woman’s right to decide how and where she wants to give birth, be encouraged in that choice and given every opportunity to make it happen as she desires in the healthiest, safest way possible.  She also believes in informed consent and being an informed consumer—every couple has the right to be educated about birth and to make their own decisions based on information and facts.

Amber is married to Weston, who serves as an associate pastor at a local church.  Before moving back to the USA, the Berrys served as missionaries in Egypt for 5 years.  Amber also has birth experience interning at a missions birth clinic in the Philippines for impoverished women, and has visited birth centers in Haiti and Madagascar.

AMBER BERRY, CPM, LM, MSc, OWNER

Amber is a certified professional midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives and licensed midwife in Texas. With an education as a midwife and background as a doula and childbirth educator, as well as  mom of 6 children herself, she brings a wealth of childbirth knowledge to the table.  Amber has 6 children, all of which were natural births with midwives.  Each was a very different yet equally sacred experience—one was even born in a third world country with a missionary midwife.  The tender support given to her during each birth ignited a desire to serve women through their journey of childbirth as a midwife.  She believes in women’s bodies and their ability to give birth the way it was designed.  She also believes in a woman’s right to decide how and where she wants to give birth, be encouraged in that choice and given every opportunity to make it happen as she desires in the healthiest, safest way possible.  She also believes in informed consent and being an informed consumer—every couple has the right to be educated about birth and to make their own decisions based on information and facts.

It is her heart’s desire to journey with couples through their own unique birth experiences, offering encouragement and support to achieve the best, safest, most comfortable and positive experience possible.

Amber is married to Weston, who serves as an associate pastor at a local church.  Before moving back to the USA, the Berrys served as missionaries in Egypt for 5 years.  Amber also has birth experience interning at a missions birth clinic in the Philippines for impoverished women, and has visited birth centers in Haiti and Madagascar.

TRAINING & EXPERIENCE

In 2012, Amber began her midwifery academics and in 2013 began her first internship in the Philippines where she trained at a birth center for impoverished women.  In 2014, she and her family returned to the USA where she began birth assisting with midwives while continuing her midwifery academic training.  Amber also became a birth doula and assisted women in both in and out of hospital births while continuing to birth assist and train with local midwives in home birth and birth center settings.  She also became a certified Birth Boot Camp instructor.  Amber completed her clinical requirements to open her own private practice in January, 2017.  She has a Master of Science degree in Advanced Midwifery Practice from Anglia Ruskin University and maintains certification with the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support and CPR for healthcare professionals (AHA BLS), and in neonatal resuscitation (AHA/AAP NRP) and has attended over 400 births throughout the past decade.  

TRAINING & EXPERIENCE

In 2012, Amber began her midwifery academics and in 2013 began her first internship in the Philippines where she trained at a birth center for impoverished women.  In 2014, she and her family returned to the USA where she began birth assisting with midwives while continuing her midwifery academic training.  Amber also became a birth doula and assisted women in both in and out of hospital births while continuing to birth assist and train with local midwives in home birth and birth center settings.  She also became a certified Birth Boot Camp instructor.  Amber completed her clinical requirements to open her own private practice in January, 2017.  She has a Master of Science degree in Advanced Midwifery Practice from Anglia Ruskin University and maintains certification with the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support and CPR for healthcare professionals (AHA BLS), and in neonatal resuscitation (AHA/AAP NRP) and has attended over 400 births throughout the past decade.  

She is also a certified clinical preceptor for The National College of Midwifery and Mercy in Action College of Midwifery to facilitate clinical training for the student midwives working on their degrees. In addition, she has completed the following courses and workshops among many others: Basic Disaster Birth SupportGlobal Midwifery: Listen First, Suturing for Midwives, Global Midwifery Skills, Venipuncture and IV skills, Cultural Competency and Respect in the Provision of Maternity Care through Mercy in Action College of Midwifery; Twins, Breeches, and ECV; Resolving Shoulder Dystocia; Expect the Unexpected: Midwives Handling Complications in Out of Hospital SettingsHelping Babies Breathe; and many others.

Rachel Crownable, CPM, LM

Rachel is a certified professional midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives. She also holds two state licenses, one in Texas and one in Arizona. One of her favorite things about midwifery is being able to walk alongside a person through one of the most important times in their life; helping them to realize that they are strong, they are capable, and that they have what it takes to bring forth and nurture new life. 

Rachel is married to Adam, who works in educational software. They have four rather remarkable children.  As a family they love to travel and they feel that the Lord has given them “nomad” hearts in that they have ministered, lived, or visited 9 different countries as a family; new adventures brought them to Texas!

Rachel was born into the birth world in 2010, when she became a certified birth doula with Childbirth International. Alongside her personal busy practice, she was a trained birth assistant in two of the most prominent birth centers in Orange County, CA. In her 5 years of being a doula and birth assistant, she had the opportunity of welcoming hundreds of new lives into the world. 

In 2015, Rachel and her husband packed up their family and moved across the ocean to the Philippines where she began ministry, training, and work as a midwife. While abroad, Rachel had the chance to work at two very busy missions birth centers, both in Davao and in Manila, and she had the chance to help hundreds of families as they welcomed their babies earthside. 

 

After 2.5 years in Asia, it was time to move back to America, and after the birth of her fourth child, Rachel completed her stature licensure to practice in the USA. She soon began working at a birth center in Arizona until recent travels brought her to Journey. 

Rachel is a graduate of both Newlife International School of Midwifery and National College of Midwifery. She maintains a certificate with the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support for healthcare professionals (AHA BLS), as well as a certificate with the American Academy of Pediatrics in neonatal resuscitation (AAP NRP).

She loves joining families as they journey through those most intense and yet most beautiful and sacred moments of their life welcoming their sweet baby into the world.  She genuinely believes that God’s highest callings on her life are to be the wife and mother He created her to be, and to serve and bless women by facilitating safe, joyful, skilled, respectful and kindhearted birth experiences.

Rachel Crownable, CPM, LM

Rachel is a certified professional midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives. She also holds two state licenses, one in Texas and one in Arizona. One of her favorite things about midwifery is being able to walk alongside a person through one of the most important times in their life; helping them to realize that they are strong, they are capable, and that they have what it takes to bring forth and nurture new life. 

Rachel is married to Adam, who works in educational software. They have four rather remarkable children.  As a family, they love to travel and they feel that the Lord has given them “nomad” hearts in that they have ministered, lived, or visited 9 different countries as a family; new adventures brought them to Texas!

Rachel was born into the birth world in 2010, when she became a certified birth doula with Childbirth International. Alongside her personal busy practice, she was a trained birth assistant in two of the most prominent birth centers in Orange County, CA. In her 5 years of being a doula and birth assistant, she had the opportunity of welcoming hundreds of new lives into the world. 

In 2015, Rachel and her husband packed up their family and moved across the ocean to the Philippines where she began ministry, training, and work as a midwife. While abroad, Rachel had the chance to work at two very busy missions birth centers, both in Davao and in Manila, and she had the chance to help hundreds of families as they welcomed their babies earthside. 

After 2.5 years in Asia, it was time to move back to America, and after the birth of her fourth child, Rachel completed her stature licensure to practice in the USA. She soon began working at a birth center in Arizona until recent travels brought her to Journey. 

Rachel is a graduate of both Newlife International School of Midwifery and National College of Midwifery. She maintains a certificate with the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support for healthcare professionals (AHA BLS), as well as a certificate with the American Academy of Pediatrics in neonatal resuscitation (AAP NRP).

She loves joining families as they journey through those most intense and yet most beautiful and sacred moments of their life welcoming their sweet baby into the world.  She genuinely believes that God’s highest callings on her life are to be the wife and mother He created her to be, and to serve and bless women by facilitating safe, joyful, skilled, respectful and kindhearted birth experiences.

“Go in PEACE; the JOURNEY on which you go is under the eye of the Lord.” Judges 18:6

Birth Assistants, Childbirth Instructor,
and Admins

Jamie Tutiven

Birth Assistant, Office Hostess
Jamie started her birth journey in 2015 soon after marrying her husband, and her family has since grown to 6! She has a Bachelors in Human Science, is licensed as a Pharmacy Technician, and is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation. After her birth resulted in C-section, Jamie began learning more about natural birth.  Despite the “once a cesarean always a cesarean” notion, Jamie successfully joined the growing community of vaginal births after a cesarean also known as VBACs with her next three children, all born with midwives!  This led to her passion for educating and encouraging women who have had a cesarean to pursue VBAC if that is their desire! Since experiencing her own VBAC, she has grown to love the birthing experience even more and wants the same for other women!
Aside from being a wife, a mother of 4, and homeschooling, Jamie loves to serve in her community, her church, play guitar, and be active.
She enjoys greeting our clients and making them feel right at home at our beautiful birth center!

Hunter Clayborn

Birth Assistant

Hunter Clayburn is a follower of Jesus, a wife, a mom to three amazing children, a homeschool teacher, and a supporter of women in birth. She became a doula in Denver, CO in 2013 following the birth of her second child. Later, her family moved to Houston where she continued her birth worker journey. In 2015, she became a trained midwives’ assistant. Hunter loves supporting women as they begin and grow their families. She loves encouraging women that “this is hard but you can do this” versus the often repeated “you can’t do birth, it’s too hard”. Knowing that when families begin this new stage with encouragement and support, they bond easier and feel more capable when there are hard moments in their parenting journeys.

Kayla Worsham

Admin and Community Relations

I’m excited to be doing Admin and  and Community Relations for Journey Birth Center!  I love getting to engage with the the birthing community and join them on their journey!  Being able to research and share fun and informative posts about evidence-based best practice to our community is so much more rewarding than many other social media jobs out there.  I enjoy researching all things natural and healthy for my own lifestyle, and bringing awareness to the public on the benefits of holistic living, including natural childbirth!  I have a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Oral Roberts University.  When I’m not working or researching, I love to crochet, garden, and hang out with my husband and our giant Sheepadoodle.

Brianna Roberts

Birth Center Billing Manager

Brianna has a bachelor’s degree in communications and has been working in media and management for nearly a decade. But what really makes her heart sing is when she can use her skills to help others on their life journeys.  To Brianna, God and family are what comes first, and she loves that JBC embodies that belief. She loves being part of a team of women who are committed to helping other women and families achieve their desires in what is one of the most precious journeys a woman will travel–giving birth to a child.
Brianna is also a voice actress, and can be heard on many animated films and audiobooks.
Outside of work, Brianna loves the theatrical arts and can often be found on stage at various community theatres. One of her favorite hobbies is caring for her giant tank of tropical fish. She also has a love of coffee, anime and chocolate chip cookies!

Rachel Rankratz

Birth Boot Camp Instructor

I love birth assisting and teaching natural childbirth classes for couples at The Journey Birth Services!  I love being a Birth Educator because I love educating families and empowering them to make the best, informed choices and be well prepared to rock their natural birth experience. Having personal experience with different types of births, as well as having worked as a doula for many years, I feel that I relate to many different families and can give them the care and understanding they need without any judgment. I have had a birth with an epidural and an unmedicated natural birth, so I have a wide perspective of what each of those types of births entail. My goal is to support each family based on their specific desires and needs during this exciting time in their lives. Congratulations on your growing family and I look forward to getting to know you and sharing this exciting time in your life with you.