Robin DeStefano, LM, CPM
From the first, I knew I wanted to birth my babies out of a hospital setting. I began my college education to become a doctor but over the course of my education, I followed a different path. When I became pregnant with our first child, I wanted a home birth with a midwife, but there were none in my area that could practice legally. So, I decided to use a birth center (the only one in the state of Massachusetts at the time), owned and operated by an OB. We had a wonderful experience.
For our second child, we were living in Dallas, TX. There were no birth centers at the time, so we sought out a home birth midwife to deliver our son at home. After this experience, I knew I had found my calling; that was April of 1984. There was no formal training for women who wanted to attend home births as a midwife in 1984, so I trained alongside my midwife until I was knowledgeable enough to attend women as a primary midwife. Since that first home birth that I observed, I have become a Licensed Midwife, and a Certified Professional Midwife. I’ve attended over 1000 women to experience the joy of meeting their baby.
There have been a lot of changes in midwifery care over the past 34 years. I am proud to be a midwife and privileged to be present for each miracle I witness entering the world.
My husband of 39 years and I, have been blessed by six wonderful children who were each delivered out of a hospital, five by skilled midwives. We chose to homeschool them through high school. We currently have eight grandchildren, five of which I had the privilege of attending their births. This is part of my legacy, that my children have chosen to birth in the way that is right for them. One needed the care of a doctor and hospital for the birth of their children. Four others chose birth center births and home births, creating a legacy for their children.
Krista Young, LM, CPM
I had been working on my masters in Early Child Development while prayerfully considering the direction that I was to head professionally. During my prayers, the Lord put midwifery on my heart. While I wish I could say that I was obedient to the first call, it did take some time for God to help me walk in the right direction. My apprenticeship was completed in a busy birth center in the Dallas area under the supervision of both a Certified Professional Midwife and a Certified Nurse Midwife. I am appreciative of all the love and knowledge that these midwives poured into me. And I am thankful that the Lord led me to a calling that allows me to serve others during such a special season of life! It is my absolute pleasure to care for families.
In 2009 I became a mom. My oldest was a planned hospital birth that became one of those experiences that changed the direction of my life. Because now I was a mom, but also it created in me a longing to find a natural way to embrace pregnancy and birth. My second daughter was born at home into the loving hands of a midwife. Her birth allowed me to realize just how strong and capable I really was. It was empowering, and created a spark in me to help other woman have access to midwifery care.
Between the births of my second and third children, I completed my midwifery training. When it came time for my son’s birth, having a home birth was once again where I felt most comfortable and at peace. He joined our family in the morning hours on a warm November day to the sheer delight of his two older sisters. Our youngest child joined our home fall 2018 through the blessings of international adoption.
My husband of 13 years, Sean, and I live in the small but growing community of Celina. We love it there and enjoy the close community of friends and family. When I’m not caring for others, I can be found homeschooling our children, cooking and baking in the kitchen, and enjoying evening walks as a family. Life is busy but so very beautiful!