Christy Peterson RN, CNM
Christy has always had a heart for women and babies. She grew up at a nursing school overseas and was surrounded by young nursing students who served women and families in one of the most fertile countries in the world. After meeting a midwifery student as a teenager, Christy’s heart was set on becoming a midwife. Her desire to serve families grew as she pursued a degree in nursing. After nursing school Christy moved to San Antonio and worked in Labor & Delivery and the pediatric emergency room for several years.
While taking massage classes, Christy met Jenny and knew it was time to pursue her dream of becoming a midwife. They spent many hours eating at Taco House and discussing plans for the future. During midwifery school Christy worked as a birth assistant for the San Antonio Birth Center and met many of the area midwives, who “doula’ed” her through the labor of graduate school at Frontier School of Midwifery & Family Nursing. Her midwifery internship took her to a birth center in Houston where she stayed and worked as a staff midwife after graduation until returning to the San Antonio area in May 2012. Christy also has a passion for breech birth and desires to make this an option for birthing women in her community.
Christy desires to empower pregnant people and their families through education and informed decision-making and believes that the midwifery model of care has the power to transform people as they become partners in their healthcare team.
Jenny Fardink LM, CPM
Jenny and her husband Chip grew up together and started dating as teenagers over 25 years ago. They proudly serve as an active duty military family and are looking forward to retiring in San Antonio. Chip and Jenny have raised 3 beautiful girls together: Sabin, Mary, and Elisha, and are blessed to have their first grand baby Chiara. After 2 c-sections and an adoption Jenny felt disconnected from her own births and yearned to be a part of natural birth.
After meeting Christy in massage school and learning about midwifery for the first time Jenny knew she had found her calling. Midwifery was that secret passion that she couldn't put a name to... she desired to be in the medical field, empowering clients in their own health care choices, teaching, and serving families. She quickly enrolled in the ATM Midwifery Training Program and set out with Christy to pursue the dream of one day opening a practice together.
Jenny completed her entire midwifery apprenticeship at the San Antonio Birth Center. She had the opportunity to be mentored by many amazing midwives there. Each one of them influenced her and helped her to become the midwife she is today.
After graduating and passing the NARM Jenny was invited to join the staff of the San Antonio Birth Center. She spent a year there serving the families of San Antonio who desired to birth naturally and without fear.
We believe that midwifery is a calling! Midwifery encompasses our whole life and we dedicate endless hours to precious families as they welcome their new babies into this world. We think that it is important that the midwives also get some days off to rejuvenate. This ensures that the midwife who is with you in labor is refreshed and ready give you 100%. Sometimes this means that the midwife who started labor with you may be replaced by a new midwife. The good news is that the gentle smile that greets you is rejuvenating and is the right one for the moment.
As you near transition a birth assistant will join us to assist the midwife and to be present in the unlikely event that we would need another set of hands if an emergency arises. This person could be another midwife, a nurse, an advanced student, or an individual specifically trained for this position.
We work closely with students and honor the tradition of passing on the art of midwifery by not only learning it through didactic study but also through the hands on study of catching babies with experienced midwives. We do this thanks to the generous understanding and gift of parents like you who also believe in the midwifery model and who want to see it continue and flourish.
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