Lauren Foreman, RN, BSN, MSN, CNM (She/Her)
Certified Nurse Midwife
I was born and raised in Maryland. I graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 2012. While in nursing school, I began my career as a labor doula and served women in the DC and Baltimore area for over seven years. I went to my first birth and have been hooked ever since! I worked as a pediatric emergency room and inpatient nurse in Baltimore for 8 years. My nursing and doula experience, interaction with midwives, as well as my passion for caring for women and their new families, spurred me to continue my education to become a midwife.
I completed my Master of Science in Nursing at George Washington University and my midwifery postgraduate certificate at Shenandoah University. During my training, I had the opportunity to attend women’s births at George Washington University with the GW midwives, a freestanding birth center and home birth practice in southern California, and a freestanding birth center and hospital practice in Maryland. After graduating, I worked as a hospital midwife in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for a year. Although this job gave me an abundance of experience, it solidified my desire to be an out of hospital midwife. I then moved back to my hometown and worked at a freestanding birth center in Newark, DE.
I relocated to Austin with my partner in July 2020 and worked at a local birth center for about 6 months before finally deciding to follow my heart and move into homebirth. I’m drawn to home birth as I want to care for the person and not be restricted by generic policies. I have always felt called to be a home birth midwife and after bouncing between midwifery jobs I finally decided to follow my heart and care for families the way I have always wanted to-in their homes, giving them choices and allowing them to make decisions that feel right to them! I believe birth is a sacred journey and I am just there to guide you through it and hold the sacred space for you and your family.
Since completing midwifery school, I have been delving into herbal medicine knowledge through Aviva Romm’s training and perinatal mood disorders. I completed Postpartum Support International’s Perinatal Mood Disorder Training and Karen Kleinman’s The Art of Holding Perinatal Women in Distress Post Graduate Professional Training Program. I am starting my post master’s certificate to become a psych nurse practitioner as I’ve realized the perimental health area is lacking everywhere in this country and want to be even more well equipped to serve this underserved area. My approach to care is true, informed consent and evidence based empowering care. In my free time I enjoy traveling, reading, running, cooking, and being an auntie. I look forward to working with you!
Ashley Cochran, CPM, LM, ILFS (She/Her)
Licensed Midwife, Integrated Lactation and Feeding Specialist
I live in West Temple with my partner, 3 children, 2 dogs, and a basket of mismatched socks that I hope to conquer one day. I am a nail polish loving, coffee drinking, red lipstick prone Texas native. I grew up the oldest of 5 children in a sometimes homeschooled, always loud household of people who still genuinely like each other as adults. I served in the US Army prior to the birth of my children. I came to birth work largely by accident, after the birth of my second child, when I began to advocate for people's ability to birth vaginally after a cesarean section, having just done it myself. Finally, someone said, "You know, people do this as a job?"
I completed my 7 year midwifery apprenticeship in Central Texas and became a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Midwife in 2020. In the course of my years in birth work, I have helped to start or expand multiple practices and birth centers, and have consulted with many other business owners on how to optimize their workflow. I am currently delving in to the study of herbal medicine and homeopathy in order to expand my knowledge base and serve our clients even better.
I am honored to care for birthing people in my community and affirm their rights to safer, more empowering birthing experiences. I can't wait to meet you!
Malayia Cooley (She/Her)
I am currently pursuing my midwifery license through the Portfolio Evaluation Process under the North American Registry of Midwives.
I am also a Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, and Child Development Expert in Central Texas. I specialize in trauma-informed care and reproductive justice for people of color throughout their pregnancy and postpartum periods.
My background in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) has taught me how to prepare families for the birth of their little ones with perinatal diagnoses as well as developmental delays and disabilities during the postpartum period.
I pride myself in providing families with the resources and tools needed to parent well after my time with them. My mission is to empower families to make educated decisions, ask questions, and advocate for themselves.
In my free time, you can find me hanging out at the lake or listening to true crime podcasts!
Gloria Thomas (She/Her)
Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Labor Doula
I was born and raised in Homerville, GA, and moved to Killeen in 2011. I am married with one VERY sassy toddler and a dog who thinks they're a human. I worked in daycare for about 4 years and found my love for babies. When I gave birth to my first child in 2018, I did so without the support of a doula or a midwife, and I realized just how important it was. My research started immediately, and I jumped in head first in 2019. In my spare time, I braid hair, craft, bartend, and start new businesses (I own 3 currently!). I'm a champ at Spades and I love to try new recipes!
Raven Sullivan (She/Her)
Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Labor Doula
I am 27 years old and mother to one daughter and three dogs. I was raised in South Carolina. I have worked with kids for as long as I can remember. My mother owned her own daycare as well as fostered kids which I had the pleasure of partaking in. After my birth in 2014 I decided I wanted to pursue being a doula and a lactation consultant. For me pursing my dream to be a doula is personal and empowering to me and every family I cross paths with.
In my free time I love mini adventures, crafting, and outdoor activities. I also love cooking and finding new foods and restaurants to try.
I am looking forward to assisting in your birth story.
Eryn Shaffer Davidson (She/Her)
Doula, Birth Assistant
An "adopted Texan," I didn't find Texas until my teen years but have called it home since. I now live in Waco with my husband and the various yard animals that come with living in Cameron Park – foxes, raccoons, and Honey Boy, a neighborhood cat who has claimed us as his favorite humans, a position we happily accept.
My path to birthwork started very early on. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been interested in hearing birth stories, especially my mother’s. I could hear her say it over and over and it will never get old. My hands-on work began when I started learning more about my own body – my struggle with endometriosis symptoms, hormone imbalances, ending my 10+ year journey with hormonal birth control… One of the most enlightening eras of my life was when I learned I could help my hormones balance naturally and keep my endo symptoms at bay holistically.
Thus was born a total birth / hormone / period / cycle nerd. My work with Ashley began out of a deep belief in the power and capabilities of birthing bodies, a respect for the endless ripples birth leaves throughout our lives, a passion for a revolution in modern obstetric care, and a mission to empower all birthing people.
If you see me out in the wild, I'm almost certainly drinking an iced oat latte and counting down to my next follicular phase.