Meet the Team
CPM, RN, BSN, LDEM
Loretta Shupe, owner and founder of My Family Birth Center, has spent her adult life caring for people. She knew that she wanted to become a midwife before high school. She entered the nursing field to help her gain those skills and has been a nurse for over 40 years. Loretta has worked in hospital settings in Labor & Delivery, Newborn Nursery, Postpartum and other specialties.
Loretta entered an apprenticeship to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) in January of 2014. She worked with 17 different midwives and has participated in over 100 births. She received her certification in January, 2017.
Loretta and her husband, Jon raised a family in North Ogden. She has born seven children, all unmedicated. Three of these children were born at home under the care of a midwife. Spending time being a wife and mother has been a highlight of her life. Now she is poised to help others experience a natural, safe birth of their dreams.
Loretta understands a woman's desire to be in control of her birth. She has found through study and personal experience that birthing in an out-of-hospital setting is a safe option and helps to protect the spiritual nature of childbearing.
Heather Whitley, CPM is a Licensed Utah midwife providing maternity care and home birth to women in the childbearing years. Heather’s practice serves the areas of Salt Lake City, Utah, Weber and Davis County, and Summit County / Park City.
Heather is a graduate of the University of Vermont and the MEAC-accredited Midwives College of Utah where she studied under seven Utah midwives. She has worked in home birth and birth centers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Utah from 2005-2017.
Heather believes in meeting each woman where she is at and supporting and nurturing them through the processes of pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
Heather is an adjunct conference instructor at the Community School for Midwifery and the Midwives College of Utah and Treasurer of the Utah Midwives Organization.
Heather and her five children live in Sugarhouse, Salt Lake City. They are a winter-loving family and can be found trekking the mountains in winter coaching youth ski racing at Snowbird.
Laura is a licensed midwife in the state of Utah. She has a home birth practice in Murray, Utah and also attends births at My Family Birth Center in Ogden, Utah. Laura has been in the field of birth since 2007. Once Laura started supporting women and families during birth, she had found her special niche in life. First as a doula, then as a childbirth educator and finally licensed as a midwife in 2014. Laura moved from Alaska to Utah in 2012 and has called Utah home ever since. Laura is a mother to four elementary aged children and homeschools them. She thoroughly enjoys working with families of all different backgrounds as they bring babies into the world. Her compassionate and encouraging nature lend strength and guidance to all she serves.
Sarah J. Carter
Sarah has practiced as a midwife in homes and birth centers since 2011. She is now faculty and assessment specialist at Midwives College of Utah, and the first Biodynamic Resuscitation of the Newborn (BRN) instructor in Utah. Before midwifery, she was a writer, editor and doula. Pleasant View, Utah is her home, where she enjoys dark chocolate, Star Wars, her black lab, three teenagers and her husband, John.
Kandice Baird is a trained HypnoDoula who proudly serves Davis County, Utah and surrounding areas. She has a passion for birth and birth education and found her place in the world as a birth doula. Kandice respectfully sees the sacred nature of each individual birth story and feels honored to be a birth worker. She faithfully supports and has a deep love for all mothers in all stages of their life journey.
Kandice is married and together she and her husband have four beautiful children. She has personally experienced multiple hospital and home births. She enjoys connecting to nature through hiking, camping, and fishing with her family.
Micah is passionate about helping women and families during the prenatal and birth process. She went to school for her bachelor in nursing at UNC-Greensboro. She is a Southern girl at heart. She was raised in North Carolina with the best of mountains and beaches.
She moved to Salt Lake City to work on Labor and Delivery and to study in the midwifery program at the University of Utah. She worked on the OB flight team at the University Hospital.
Micah met her soul mate and lived the Army life. Her husband served as a helicopter mechanic and deep sea diver. They currently live in North Ogden. They have five children and enjoy camping, gardening, and sports.
Her desire and passion to help women in the birthing process stemmed from reading stories of midwives who would travel to homes in the country to help women during birth. She wants to help empower women to do what the body has naturally done for thousands of years.
DNP, RN, IBCLC, CNM
Jessica Bartlett is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Internally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She serves as a consultant to My Family Birth Center. Jessica has spent the last 10 years providing education and hands on care in pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding for the Women, Infants, and Children’s programs of Utah, Ivy Lane Pediatrics, University of Utah Hospital, Nightingale College, and Family Birth and Wellness. She has also been a volunteer and board member for the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition for 8 years, holding positions of worksite lactation liaison, marketing and promotions chair, president-elect, and president. She finished her education as a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in the Nurse Midwifery program at the University of Utah and is now working as an Assistant Professor and Certified Nurse Midwife. Jessica has devoted her career to the support of evidence based healthcare and education.
Madison Gianoshas worked as a CNA for almost 4 years. She currently goes to the University of Utah to work on her undergraduate. Summer and Fall are her favorite times of the year. She fills it with camping and going to the lake to paddle board. Since she saw her cousin’s birth when she was 11 years old, she has always had a dream to work in women’s health and to let women have an amazing birth experience. She is very grateful to work at My Family Birth Center. The atmosphere here is amazing to her to work in. She is seeking her Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) license.
Jessica Collins is passionate about caring for women and families throughout the adventure of pregnancy and birth. She has wanted to be a midwife since before high school, feeling that it is her calling in life. Jessica is certified as an Emergency Medical Respondent and has worked as both a Postpartum and Birth Doula to support mom throughout the Davis County area. She is currently studying at the Midwifery College of Utah to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) in the state of Utah. Jessica enjoys working as an apprentice midwife for My Family Birth Center, learning and supporting the mothers and the midwives.
Heather Wade, also known as The Living Room CEO, has a very successful essential oils business and community that spans worldwide. She is a wife and a mother to four sons and two daughters, three of which were born at home. She believes that knowledge is power and creates positive results in the pregnancy and birth process.
She has enjoyed using essential oils since 2011 with her family and has experienced the many benefits they offer. She has watched her clients’ health and comfort increase dramatically both physically and emotionally through the use of essential oils. They have the potential to enhance and compliment every woman’s right to a fabulous pregnancy, labor and birth experience.
Heather loves to empower the families she serves through education and choices, by teaching them that as they take their health into their own hands they can improve their lives.
She offers essential oil education for all phases of pregnancy and birth. She loves to share how they can empower you whether you are a midwife, doula, mom or just someone who wants to take control of your health in a natural way.
Heather is a business coach, public speaker and essential oil educator, certified in AromaTouch Technique.
Positive Mind and Baby Specialist, Doula
BreeAnn first became involved with birth as a profession after the natural hospital birth of her first child in 2012. Her passion grew as she continued to study childbirth, especially drawn by the emotional and spiritual implications birth has on the life of the mother and child. In 2014 she became trained as a professional postpartum belly binder, helping women recover postpartum, and a year later as a birth doula. She incorporates energy healing into her practice as a doula, helping women clear emotional blocks and negative beliefs surrounding pregnancy, birth, and motherhood.
Currently, BreeAnn is training as a Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula, and following the long path to eventually become a midwife. For now, she finds great fulfillment in joining women on their journey to motherhood and discovering their innate powers of creation through pregnancy and birth. She loves presenting at local conferences and expos, and is working on writing a book about cultural birth postpartum practices.
In addition, BreeAnn is a fantasy novelist, publishing her first book, “Woven,” in July of 2017. She lives in Ogden, is wife to an amazing “baby-catching” husband, and the mother of four children.