I have been a nurse for 37 years before making the transition to All About Babies Birth Center. I worked for 25 years in Neonatal Intensive Care and 7 years in a unit where I did Labor and Delivery, Antepartum, Mother/Baby, Nursery, and GYN surgery. I have a national certification in NICU since 2005 and worked in a hospital that has a “Texas Ten Step” designation. I have been a Neonatal Resuscitation Instructor since 2011, teaching doctors, midwives, nurses and respiratory therapists National Guidelines for how to resuscitate newborns at birth.
Over the last 3 years, I have become passionate with educating myself about health and nutrition. This knowledge has opened my eyes and has caused me to question certain medical practices.
In the Fall of 2016, my husband and I decided to relocate to North Texas area from Texas Hill Country to be near our daughter and son-in-law, as they are about to welcome their first baby in March of 2017. We sold our house before I was able to find a job and I knew then that it was a sign from God that He was trying to direct me down a different path. After brainstorming, I decided to look into a birth center, where I felt it would be a perfect fit for my past skills and current passions. Donnellyn welcomed me with open arms and I couldn’t be happier to be doing what I love at this beautiful facility, while using my experience and expertise to benefit our clients.
For as long as I can remember I have wanted to do two things:
1. Be a mom.
2. Be someone who gets to “help babies be born”.
Although my original intentions were to become and OB/GYN, after high school I decided not to pursue medical school. God had a hold on me and was clearly directing my steps – which eventually led me to midwifery!
In the summer of 2014 I enrolled in The Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program, and I started my apprenticeship at All About Babies about a year later, in August of 2015. Under the supervision of Donnellyn and Kathaleen, and a BIG thanks to almost one-hundred wonderful women and their families, I completed my clinical apprenticeship in 2017 before finally graduating from school in August 2018.
Since graduation I have taken and passed the NARM and am now officially licensed in the state of Texas! I am currently working on the paperwork to also add CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) to the end of my name. I am certified in BLS-CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation.
I have been incredibly blessed by the wonderful team here at All About Babies, from the midwives and Diana, to our amazing administrative staff. I strongly believe in the beauty of birth and the strength that lies within each woman to not only birth naturally, but to be fully informed and involved every step of the way; and I am proud to work in an environment that fosters one-on-one, individualized care for each mom, baby, and family.
My name is Kathaleen May. My husband, Paul, and I are the proud parents of 9 children (5 girls, 4 boys, ages 36-17) and grandparents of 9 grandchildren. I have had many experiences with my own births, from emergency C-sections to a wonderful home-birth.
19 years ago I knew that I had a calling from the Lord in midwifery, but waited until I was finished having babies and they were older to start my training. During this waiting period, I became a doula to keep active in the birth community. After seeing many hospital births (where medical personnel usually have NO idea what to do at a natural, drug-free birth!) I knew my heart was with midwifery and home/birth center birth, where women are empowered and responsible and allow their bodies to do what they were made to do in birth. We are truly “wonderfully and fearfully made” as the Psalmist tells us!
I completed the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program in 2012 which included rigorous academics, hands-on workshops and an apprenticeship and am now an instructor for this program. I am excited to provide midwifery care to the awesome, strong women of our community at the beautiful, peaceful All About Babies Birth Center in Argyle, TX. The staff, students and midwives here are amazing people and so wonderful to partner with in helping our sweet birth center client families grow!
“If we are to heal the earth, we must begin by healing birth”
~Agnes Sallet Von Tannenberg
I am Donnellyn and Chris’ grandson, one of many, and have been blessed to work at the business I’ve witnessed them build from the ground up. Since starting in 2012 I have enjoyed getting to be the all-around handyman for the birth center. Now I find myself wearing many different hats each and every day; from caring for our chickens and donkeys, to fixing and handling many needs within the birth center.
I am proud to work with such strong women who care for families during this important time in their lives. I love watching families grow! To me, seeing parents take birth seriously and care so much for their child before they’re even born is pretty sick.
I found All About Babies when I learned I was pregnant with my last baby. I was looking for a more positive experience. As soon as I spoke to Donnellyn and Kathaleen, I knew I would have my baby here. I must add that I completely fell in love with the footprint wall when I toured the facility. I went on to have a beautiful birth with the very best birth team.
A couple years after having my son at the birth center, Donnellyn was looking for someone to fulfill her front desk position and I immediately responded, not only was it an answered prayer, but also a dream come true!! I am so excited to get to work alongside these strong, incredible midwives; and to serve all the wonderful pregnant mommas and their families. I am even more excited as I take on new responsibilities at All About Babies! Growing with All About Babies is a huge blessing for myself AND my family and I excited about the plans God has for my future with All About Babies as well as the plans He has for our team to be able touch the lives of many more families in the future!
Until a few months ago, I never imagined there would be a job opportunity for me at a birth center! I am one of 6 children: 2 of us were hospital births, 2 at birth centers, and 2 at home. So midwives have been a part of my life from the very beginning! I was working in retail when I felt ready for an office position and a good friend of my sister mentioned that a receptionist was needed at All About Babies. As a previous client, she knew it would be right up my alley! I am the proud aunt of 2 nieces and 3 nephews and am so excited to work in the office here and help out the midwives with taking care of all the moms and babies that come through our doors. Every day brings a variety of challenges and triumphs, and every day I am grateful to be contributing to the magic that happens at All About Babies.
I am a wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I have always loved everything about pregnancy and birth, and especially babies! When my husband, Chris, read an article about doulas, he insisted I look into it further. According to him, “it had my name all over it.” I took the DONA training course as soon as it was offered, and practiced as a doula for several years. I loved my moms and babies, but not the hospital experience, and that was where my clients were delivering. The last doula client I worked with was sent home from the hospital, told she was not in labor, and then delivered the baby on the bathroom floor thirty minutes after we got back to her apartment. That gave me a whole new perspective on childbirth and an urgent desire to be educated! Two years later my youngest son and his precious wife decided to have a home birth with their first baby. After watching them and meeting their midwife, I was inspired to go forward!
I attended the Association of Texas Midwives training program, trained under several wonderful midwives, and spent a month at a busy birth center in El Paso. I worked as hard and as fast as I could to get my CPM (Certified Professional Midwife from the National Association of Registered Midwives) and my Texas License to practice midwifery. I felt like I finally knew what I was called to be when I grew up. I think I was probably the first great grandmother to graduate from the program!
Fast forward to today, I am blessed to own a beautiful birth center in Argyle, Texas. We have a wonderful staff of dedicated midwives and a training program for students who want to preserve and practice the beautiful profession of midwifery. I love having dedicated students that know they have been “called” and come here for training. Our program is constantly evolving, providing student midwives with the education and experience needed for them to develop safe and professional skills for serving the mothers and babies we care for.
I am thrilled to confess that the Lord has allowed my passion to become my profession. My heart for our clients is not only to help them to have a perfect pregnancy, a lovely labor, and a beautiful birth, but to help enrich their lives in every arena of good health! We hold regular classes to teach families how to live a more natural and healthy lifestyle. The results has been, not just the birth of healthy babies, but families who have become friends forever. I am so grateful for each of them!
After serving for 31 years as a firefighter on the Fort Worth Fire Department, I retired for a few months. I worked at a couple of other jobs for awhile, which I loved, but then a certain midwife ask me to assist her with paperwork. This was over 8 years ago, and it has been 24/7 ever since. Soon after I started, I discovered that to a midwife, the term ‘paperwork’ actually meant everything but delivering babies.
As many people know, this midwife is actually my wife. I always knew that she was “called” to be a midwife but it was much later that I realized the vision and assignment she was given was actually given to both of us. The old saying, the two shall become one, also meant that she was not going to be pulled in one direction and me in the opposite. We are one. We love walking out this vision together with so many gifted people.