On This Day, A Family is Born

Since 1993, more than 3,900 families have chosen Birth and Women’s Center for safe, nurturing care. Ours was the first Dallas birth center to be staffed by Certified Nurse Midwives. The center, a 100-year-old home, is nestled among the quaint Victorians of the Swiss Avenue historic district and is only three blocks from a major hospital.

What We Do

Your pregnancy journey should be supported with love, kindness and a sense of empowerment.  Every staff member at Birth and Women’s Center deeply understands this. We are proud to offer an entire staff of midwives, birth assistants, postpartum assistants and office management who can provide an unprecedented level of care, support and experience to our families.

Our Team

Our experienced team members are committed to nothing short of excellence.

CHERIE BOETTCHER, CNM
CHERIE BOETTCHER, CNMFounder, Certified Nurse-Midwife
Cherie founded Birth and Women’s Center in 1993 after earning a Master’s level certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from the State University of New York. Since its opening, more than 3,900 families have chosen Birth & Women’s Center for safe and nurturing care. Prior founding the Center, Cherie practiced as a home birth midwife for 13 years after working as a Registered Nurse in both Pediatrics and Labor & Delivery.
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CHRISTINE STUART, CNM
CHRISTINE STUART, CNMCertified Nurse-Midwife
Christine has been a Certified Nurse-Midwife for over 10 years, a women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP) for 13 years, and an RN for 17 years. In 2015, Christine earned her doctorate and has served as a nurse-midwifery program director, followed by a clinical director for a birth center. Christine is committed to a practice of family-centered care and is a wife and mother of three.

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LORI BENTLEY
LORI BENTLEYOffice Manager & Insurance Liaison
Lori is as cheerful in the office as she might be on a perfect summer day; she is our daily dose of sunshine. In 2013 Lori joined the Birth & Women’s Center as a PostPartum assistant. Since 2015 she joined the Birth Center full time as our office manager. Lori loves to take care of our patients, whether it is working with insurance and financials, or scheduling postpartum appointments, she is here to engage and work with you throughout your journey. She is the proud mother of four, fabulous boys.

DELLA REEVES
DELLA REEVESFront Office Coordinator
Della is the neural network of the Birth & Women’s Center. She has been actively involved in all areas since it opened in 1993 and has worked in the front office since 2011. Della is sympathetic, caring and absolutely beams when she cuddles your babies! She’s in constant motion ensuring your patient needs are met, and looks forward to supporting our moms every day. Della is Mom to her own Fab 5, ages 9 – 27. She had three hospital births, two of which were unmedicated, and two babies with the Birth & Women’s Center!

 

AMY RHODES, BA
AMY RHODES, BABirth Assistant
Amy masterfully combines attention to clinical detail with caring and compassionate conviviality. She has been working as a registered nurse since 2012 and joined Birth & Women’s Center in June of 2016. Amy is passionate about giving the best care possible to each and every patient, anticipating and listening to any needs they may have. When Amy is not caring for our families she is caring for hers! She is passionate about her family and her two children.

DEBBIE KRANJAK, BA
DEBBIE KRANJAK, BABirth Assistant
Debbie deeply supports and celebrates a mother’s freedom to choose her own experience with childbirth. After two difficult hospital births, she sought midwifery care and delivered four children with Cherie! Debbie provides our families with quiet, steadfast support. She loves to make them feel at home and to create a peaceful environment that is conducive to the family’s choice. Debbie started working at the Center in 1994, so we are quite confident in saying she is our Sixth Sense. Patients often refer to her as an angel.

KATHLEEN HAWKINS, RN
KATHLEEN HAWKINS, RNRegistered Nurse
Kathleen joined the Birth & Women’s Center in 2013 after a 30 year tenure in Labor & Delivery in the hospital setting. She is as steadfast in her support of natural childbirth as she is outgoing and optimistic in life! She is passionate about helping to provide the type of birth each mother desires, and is pillar of experience when it comes to breastfeeding support and advocacy. Kathleen is Mom to four beautiful kiddos and is very proud of having nursed all of them for an extended period of time until they weaned themselves.
BRITTANY CLAY
BRITTANY CLAYPostpartum Assistant
Brittney will inspire your inner lioness. She is passionate about empowering our moms to begin their parenting journey by listening and trusting their instincts, reminding them that they have all it takes to be their baby’s best mom. She actively listens and takes to heart what each mother needs. She is a strong breastfeeding advocate and is a mother to four children. In 2005 she was one of the La Leche League leaders and joined the Birth & Women’s Center in early 2016.
WHITNEY MORGANTI
WHITNEY MORGANTIPostpartum Assistant
Whitney is a mother’s best friend. Sweet. Cheerful. Helpful. Attentive. These are just some of the words our patients use to describe Whitney. She conveys a strong and calm assertiveness while being supportive or her patients’ wishes, and she is passionate about giving mothers the birth experience they desire. Whitney is currently earning her nursing degree and plans to become a Certified Nurse Midwife.

SARAH LITTLE
SARAH LITTLEGIRL WEDNESDAY
Sarah is an efficient and faithful assistant to the ladies of the Birth & Women’s Center. She is passionate about labor, delivery and natural childbirth at the Center, and is a happy helper in the back office, front office and all areas in between. When she’s not here on Wednesdays you can find her chasing after her daughter and twin boys – who were all born right here at the Center!

Birth & Women’s Center Accolades

 

Best Birthing Center 2015

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DFW Child Best for Moms & Babies

Best Birthing Center 2016

DFW Child Best for Families: Moms & Babies

 

Stats at a Glance

Area hospitals report greater than 50 percent Cesarean rates and over 90 percent epidural rates.
Compare this to the mothers who achieve their goals of having unmedicated and uncomplicated births at the Birth & Women’s Center,

3,900

Families have given birth at the Center

WE NOURISH

Since 1993, 3,900 families have chosen to give birth at the Center.

7 - 10%

Hospital Transfer Rate

WE'RE COMMITTED

7 to 10 percent of our mothers have been transferred to Baylor for physician care.

< 5%

Resulted in Cesarean

WE SUPPORT

Of more than 3,900 Birth Center families, less than five percent have resulted in Cesarean birth.

1%

Infant Transfers

WE LISTEN

Only one percent of newborns have been transferred to Baylor for special care.

“The Birth Center was the most intimate, timeless, and peaceful way to welcome our children. Cherie gave us the confidence and support to know I could achieve the experience of my dreams, my own personal Everest.”

“They will always be a part of this family because they helped build this family with their love!”

“I wish I would’ve known about this place for my first baby because the hospital was not the best place for us! I would recommend Birth and Women’s Center. The staff is very attentive and amazing, so different from a hospital. I can’t wait to come back again!”

How you approach birth is intimately connected with how you approach life.

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