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.

Sara Fleeman, CPM, LM

Sara is a Certified Professional Midwife, licensed by the State of Texas and certified by the North American Registry of Midwives.  She began following her calling into birth work in 2016, training as both a doula and a midwife.  During her time in clinical training, Sara had the privilege of working with five highly experienced midwives, from whom she gleaned invaluable knowledge that has shaped the midwife she has become.  Sara is a highly-respected placenta encapsulator.  She maintains certifications in neonatal resuscitation and adult CPR, and continues to expand her learning and skills with regular continuing education.

Sara and her husband, Travis, have 6 amazing children.  Her three boys and three girls were born in a variety of settings – some at home, some in a hospital; some where she hoped they’d be born, others following not her “plan A” but instead “plan B” – giving Sara first-hand understanding of the variations and challenges families experience during the childbearing year.  Her compassion for women on the journey of motherhood is evident in her care both prenatally and during labor.  Sara’s goal is that all women feel the support, encouragement, and love during labor that she felt from her midwives.

Sara has a passion for safe birth and for collaborative decision-making.  She believes that families have not only a right but a responsibility to be key decision-makers in their pregnancy and birth journeys.  As a midwife, she facilitates this decision-making by sharing from her wealth of knowledge, giving families the information they need to make their choices.  Sara supports each family as they navigate these decisions, while at the same time maintaining a focus on safety for both mother and baby.  With this collaboration, Sara aims to help each family achieve a healthy pregnancy and safe, fulfilling birth.

When not serving other families, Sara enjoys cooking, homeschooling her children, napping, and hiding in the closet with her secret stash of candy.  She dabbles in gardening, art, and raising puppies, as time allows.

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. 

Sara Fleeman, CPM, LM

Sara is a Certified Professional Midwife, licensed by the State of Texas and certified by the North American Registry of Midwives.  She began following her calling into birth work in 2016, training as both a doula and a midwife.  During her time in clinical training, Sara had the privilege of working with five highly experienced midwives, from whom she gleaned invaluable knowledge that has shaped the midwife she has become.  Sara is a highly-respected placenta encapsulator.  She maintains certifications in neonatal resuscitation and adult CPR, and continues to expand her learning and skills with regular continuing education.

 

Sara and her husband, Travis, have 6 amazing children.  Her three boys and three girls were born in a variety of settings – some at home, some in a hospital; some where she hoped they’d be born, others following not her “plan A” but instead “plan B” – giving Sara first-hand understanding of the variations and challenges families experience during the childbearing year.  Her compassion for women on the journey of motherhood is evident in her care both prenatally and during labor.  Sara’s goal is that all women feel the support, encouragement, and love during labor that she felt from her midwives.

Sara has a passion for safe birth and for collaborative decision-making.  She believes that families have not only a right but a responsibility to be key decision-makers in their pregnancy and birth journeys.  As a midwife, she facilitates this decision-making by sharing from her wealth of knowledge, giving families the information they need to make their choices.  Sara supports each family as they navigate these decisions, while at the same time maintaining a focus on safety for both mother and baby.  With this collaboration, Sara aims to help each family achieve a healthy pregnancy and safe, fulfilling birth.

When not serving other families, Sara enjoys cooking, homeschooling her children, napping, and hiding in the closet with her secret stash of candy.  She dabbles in gardening, art, and raising puppies, as time allows.

When not serving other families, Sara enjoys cooking, homeschooling her children, napping, and hiding in the closet with her secret stash of candy.  She dabbles in gardening, art, and raising puppies, as time allows.

“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, Child Birth Course Instructor

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.

Hailey Elder

Birth Assistant

Hailey has been drawn to the miracle of birth as long as she can remember. As the oldest of 5 children, she appointed herself a pseudo momma at a very young age and loved every minute of it. She graduated from Mississippi College in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Communication and a minor in Psychology. In college she spent time in Haiti leading teams and volunteering with different village clinics including a maternity home which only increased her belief in the brave strength found in every woman. Hailey is a certified doula through Birth Boot Camp in February of 2021 and also maintains Neonatal Resuscitation Certification. She has attended births at homes, birth centers, as well as hospitals and she says it continues to be an absolute honor and privilege to be a part of such holy experiences. When not attending births, Hailey often spends her time with busy    hands writing, baking, arranging flowers, and planning for her summers on leadership at Beloved and Beyond– a camp for children/adults with special needs.

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!

Haley Ayala

Administrative Manager

Haley has her Degree in Business Administration and Birth Doula certification. Haley is a Houston native who is married to Gary, her high school sweetheart. Her years of experience in caring for families, as well as Project Management and Client Relations, have given her the confidence to pursue her passion of working in the birth community. She enjoys ensuring that clients are well taken care of during these miracle life moments.

From 2016 to 2018, Haley served in missions to Reynosa, Mexico, where she built homes with the “Homes for the Homeless” ministry. Later, Haley and Gary were given the privilege of opening a new office for Gary’s employer in Cancun, Mexico. During this launch, they lived in Cancun.  They returned to the States in late 2021 and shortly thereafter Haley began working at JBC. When she is not working, Haley enjoys leading worship and serving her church community.

Kassidy Carter

Student Midwife

Kassidy is a student midwife with Mercy in Action College of Midwifery.  She started her journey in birth work as a certified doula. Her passion for helping women in labor along with her own birth experiences lead her to pursue her degree in Midwifery. She is a certified lactation counselor and childbirth educator and is also certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR. She worked as an EMT for  and a surgical recovery technician in a hospital. She is married to an Air Force veteran and they have two children together. Kassidy is a Colorado native, but spent several years in Tucson, Arizona and Mountain Home, Idaho where her husband was stationed. After leaving the military, they felt like the Lord called them to Texas from Idaho so that Kassidy could finish her midwifery degree at Journey Birth Center. She enjoys winter sports such as snowboarding and was a semiprofessional college soccer player. Kassidy looks forward to continuing her education while at the birth center and serving women through their pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum.