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.

SHANI VAN PATTEN, CPM, LM

Shani is a certified professional midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives and licensed midwife with the state of Texas. Shani has been a part of the birth & parenting community for the past 6 years.  She fell in love with the Midwifery Model of Care as she was serving families as a Birth and Postpartum Doula.  Shani has spent the last three years pursuing her calling as a midwife at the National College of Midwifery. Before attending midwifery college Shani accumulated vast experience serving families as a birth doula and birth assistant to several local midwives. She holds certifications in BLS, CPR, Neonatal Resuscitation, Labor Doula support and is trained in Postpartum Doula and Infant Care.  Shani is married to her best friend, Russell who is an elementary school teacher, and is mama to the sweetest little boy, Emre.  

Shani started working with The Journey Birth Services in 2018, has been to over 100 births through training and career, as well as attended a host of workshops and trainings.  She considers herself a “workshop junkie,” and loves to learn and stay updated on all things birth and best practice.  Outside of her degree program courses, she has attended workshops such as (just to name a FEW): Expect the Unexpected: Midwives Handling Complications in Out of Hospital Settings, IV and Venepuncture Skills, Twins and Breech Delivery, Spinning Babies, Resolving Shoulder Dystocia, Karen Strange’s Helping Babies Breath workshop, Defensive Charting, and so many more!

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.

SHANI VAN PATTEN, CPM, LM

Shani is a certified professional midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives and licensed midwife with the state of Texas. Shani has been a part of the birth & parenting community for the past 6 years.  She fell in love with the Midwifery Model of Care as she was serving families as a Birth and Postpartum Doula.  Shani has spent the last three years pursuing her calling as a midwife at the National College of Midwifery. Before attending midwifery college Shani accumulated vast experience serving families as a birth doula and birth assistant to several local midwives. She holds certifications in BLS, CPR, Neonatal Resuscitation, Labor Doula support and is trained in Postpartum Doula and Infant Care.  Shani is married to her best friend, Russell who is an elementary school teacher, and is mama to the sweetest little boy, Emre.  

Shani started working with The Journey Birth Services in 2018, has been to over 100 births through training and career, as well as attended a host of workshops and trainings.  She considers herself a “workshop junkie,” and loves to learn and stay updated on all things birth and best practice.  Outside of her degree program courses, she has attended workshops such as (just to name a FEW): Expect the Unexpected: Midwives Handling Complications in Out of Hospital Settings, IV and Venepuncture Skills, Twins and Breech Delivery, Spinning Babies, Resolving Shoulder Dystocia, Karen Strange’s Helping Babies Breath workshop, Defensive Charting, and so many more!

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,
Doulas and Admins

Rachel Rankratz

Birth Assistant, Birth Boot Camp, Instructor, Doula

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.

Hunter Clayborn

Birth Assistant, Doula

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 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!