OUR TEAM

Jahaira Navarro - Office Manager

I have a passion for Women’s Health and Birth Work. I am a certified Medical Assistant, License CNA, and CPR certified.

 

I inspire to bring great talent to the Natural Birth Place and am thankful for having the opportunity to meet and work with the lovely parents (and parents to be) of the Birth Center.

 

The Natural Birth Place Inc. is committed to comprehensive, intimate midwifery care.

Our midwives offer a truly unique opportunity to their clients, and provide care in a way that encourages personal hands-on interaction and collaborative decision-making.

 

Becky Scull

CNM, WHNP, MSN, BSN

Since I was a little girl I have always been the “helper”.  The one who always came to make sure everyone was taken care of and fixed everyone’s boo boo’s.  I knew from an early age I wanted to be a nurse or perhaps a doctor.  My birth experience with my daughter was traumatic which made me want to know more about labor and delivery.  When I started my career in the medical field I started as a C.N.A. and worked in long term care facilities working with elderly patients.  I knew that was not the end of my story and continued my education as I could. 

When I started my journey to get my B.S.N.,  I thought I may want to be an ER, NICU or Labor and Delivery Nurse.  After witnessing my 1st birth, I knew what I wanted to do.  Once I graduated nursing school I was lucky enough to get a spot in a Nurse Residency program in Labor and Delivery.  Becoming a Labor and Delivery Nurse was a dream come true, but I felt like I was not doing exactly what I was meant to do.  After gaining some experience I was able to try some travel nursing and see some other sides of Labor and Delivery, including working with midwives.  Once I had the opportunity to see what being a midwife was all about I knew what I had been missing.  My patients had always said that the nurses do all the work and the doctors just show up for the exciting part, and they were right!! 

So back to school I went getting my M.S.N. in Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner degrees.  Becoming a midwife meant all the work and all the reward! It is the best feeling to be able to build a bond with a patient and their family to get them through their pregnancy, labor and delivery!  Having a baby can be one of the scariest and most rewarding experiences of your life, and being a part of that is a dream come true for me!!  I have taken the long road to get to my dream job as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Nurse Practitioner, but I have learned so much along the way. 

Having the opportunity to be here at the Natural Birth Place helping women through their journey to motherhood is amazing.  Empowering women to make choices about their care and their bodies is what being a midwife is all about.  I look forward to meeting you!!

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Maria Angela King 

CNM, BSc(Hons), RN, Lactation Consultant

As a British graduate of nursing and midwifery, my background and acute care experience is quite diverse from that of my fellow midwifery colleagues in the USA.

 

Changing Childbirth which saw its integration into the British maternity services back in the early 1990's, set the standard for client centered care, retention of one's autonomy throughout pregnancy and implicitly when in labor in conjunction with choice and empowerment.

 

The most desired healthcare setting, should be one that provides optimal care for parents, their newborn and family. Maria is able to offer births at home, Birth Center or as your provider in Hospital.

 

An important aspect of this system of care is to apply evidence that supports the quality of care, among which is the use of midwifery-led care.

 

As an advanced practice clinician, and lactation consultant, we are truly a one stop shop. We offer services from preconception care, Intrauterine insemination, well woman/Gyn care, IUD placements/removals, Nexplanon placement/removal, issuance of prescription if/when needed along with continued expert breast-feeding support I=during those early weeks of the postpartum period.

 

Collaborative care with multi professional disciplines, breakdown barriers and enhances outcome. As a independent clinician I have worked hard to bridge the gap between the disciplines and have earned the respect of many for our high standards of care.

 

We do not, and will not, compromise of the safety of the laboring individual and/or fetus.

As a midwifery team, we hold ourselves to the highest of standards, and in doing so, are still able to offer women what they seek and desire from their pregnancy journey.

 

There is no other profession in this world that I would rather work in.

My comfort place, my safe haven, my peaceful place is in a birth room, no matter where that room is, hospital, home or birth center.

 

The team at the Natural Birth Place Inc. and its Providers, will do all within our scope of practice and network ability to safeguard your physical and psychological health during this wonderful life adventure.

 

Welcome to our facility,

and YOUR birth place.

Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to care for others, so I became a nurse.

I have had the honor of working as a nurse for 9 years, and have worked in a variety of different settings from adult ICU, NICU and labor and delivery.

 

After giving birth to my own children and having experienced a traumatic birth with my first child,  I realized I wanted to help change the system, and give birth back to the birthing individual. I decided that I could do this if I were a midwife, so I went to midwifery school.

 

I am extremely passionate about this role, as I can help pregnant people achieve their vision of birth, by encouraging their autonomy and empowering them through education and implementing evidence based practices .

 

I am honored to be at the Natural Birth Place Inc, serving childbearing individuals and their families within the community, I grew up in.

 

On my days off I enjoy spending time with my own family and staying active.

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Lujuana Vanessa Knudsen  

MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC

Renee Armstrong 

Office Support

Renee wishes to go to Nursing and Midwifery School sometime in the near future. She has been working in the medical field for the past twenty years.  

 

Renee holds a BS in Community Health with a minor in Psychology.  She is currently working toward becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

As a mother of 6 girls, I was drawn to

the natural birth world after having

had my second child. My husband actually introduced me to midwives.

So babies 3-6, were all born at home,

in the most calming of atmosphere's.

 

I had considered becoming a midwife myself, but due to my many children

and other family commitments, the enormous responsibility, long unsocial and often last minute calls, that come

with the midwifery role, was not something I could do now, but perhaps one day.

 

I love my birth assistant role here at the Natural Birth Place Inc. I get to support laboring individuals by providing

comfort measures like drinks, rubbing

their backs, helping them ambulate and by supporting the midwives, ensuring

they have all the things they may

require for a birth, at hand.

 

I have worked in this role in other

facilities also. The team here is second

to non. I am fortunate to work with such inspiring midwives who will go above

the call of duty, to ensure their clients receive the care that is appropriate for them.

 

I have worked with Maria for 6 years now, she is exceptionally smart, always 10 steps ahead of the situation and

very astute in her practice. Knowing her and her beliefs about childbirth

autonomy

and empowerment, I know that her support midwives have to be exceptional, and they are. The midwives balance each others skills so well. They discuss concerns together to ensure the right decisions are Made for their clients.

They work so hard to ensure each and everyone of their clients is attended to appropriately and expediently. The reason I am here.

 

Anyone who seeks care from the midwifery team at the

Natural Birth Place Providers, will not

be disappointed, you will receive the best, fulfilled and educated service all provided in partnership with you.

You are the most important person

on their list of priorities.

Jennifer Waites 

Birth Assistant

Deja is a recent graduate from Redlands University where she has earned a BS in Biology.  

 

She is currently completing her nurse training program after which she plans to take her studies further and train to be a 

Nurse Midwife

Deja Holland 

Birth Assistant

Jung is a student nurse-midwife and student women’s health nurse practitioner (SNM/SWHNP). She is working with the clinical care team at The Natural Birth Place, Inc. since August 2020. She brings with her extensive preparation and clinical skills training and will be diligently integrating her knowledge and refining her skills.

She believes that all women have a right to choose the type of care they need and desire. She aims to provide a patient-centered approach to care and hopes that her clients receive the care they deserve. Her passion is in birth and reproductive care, but ultimately she wants to provide care and support to women throughout the lifespan.

She has experience as a labor and delivery nurse working with a diverse patient population and coordinating care with doctors, midwives, and the NICU team. She has helped laboring mothers with various types of labor management methods to include non medicated and tub births.

 

Having worked in an environment with a wide range of care, it has provided her with skills to provide safe, high quality individualized care to her patients. She hopes that her experience in labor management, breastfeeding support, and care of the newborn will be helpful in her new role in midwifery and women’s health. She is certified in CPR and neonatal resuscitation and have been trained to providing contraception care, IUD insertion, and microscopy.

Jung Kim holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in Communication Studies and World Arts and Cultures. When she is not in clinic, she is usually spending time with her two children, traveling, making art, and dancing.  

Jung Kim

Student Nurse - Midwife 

Aracely Rodriguez  

Independent Birth Doula

Aracely is a Birth Doula by trade, and has over nine years of experience.  

 

She supports our community with her services as a doula, infant massage instructor, placenta art prints, and postpartum belly binding and the Perinatal Hospice program supporting families requiring these services.

Aracely loves birth and is enthusiastic about supporting women in all aspects of motherhood.

Appraised and adored by our clients

Tony King

Treasurer

Tony is the company Treasurer who oversees the financial affairs of the organization.  Tony is married to Maria, the company founder and Midwife.

 

Together they have four children, and an increasing number of grandchildren whom they adore.

Sabrina Cooksey 

Student Midwife

Sabrina is a Midwifery Student with Mercy in Action College of Midwifery.

Recently became a mom to twin boys and is currently on maternity leave.

 

She began her studies in 2016, and has also obtained her Certificate as a Doula through Dona Doula.