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 39 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.
Board Certified FNP
Jessica Hess has been practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in women’s health since 2009. Jessica graduated from Weber State University as a registered nurse in 2005. She has worked in psychiatry, long-term care, maternal newborn, and labor and delivery. Jessica completed her Master’s degree in Nursing at the University of Utah in 2009.
Sara Fawson, Doctor of Nursing Practice is a board-certified nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner and founder of Women’s Health and Birth Care. Sara serves as a consultant for My Family Birth Center.
Sara worked as a registered nurse from 2005 to 2016 and her broad scope of experience includes working in labor and delivery, postpartum, nursery, the emergency department and as a sexual assault nurse examiner. Sara received a doctorate of nursing practice in nurse midwifery and as a women’s health nurse practitioner from the University of Utah in 2016.
Sara provides care for women from early adolescence to menopause and beyond. This includes pregnancy and birth, gynecological care, preventative primary care, annual exams, contraception, menopausal care, as well as screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. Sara loves caring for women and their families. She encourages patients to be active decision-makers in their health care and enjoys creating individualized plans with her patients. Sara loves encouraging women to strive toward their goals.
Every patient has unique life experiences and backgrounds which require individualized care. Sara strives to understand the personal needs of each patient and helps them to find pathways to improving their health, lifestyle and to navigate their health and life experience in a way that is personally satisfying.
Sara enjoys providing supportive care for laboring women and allowing normal birth to have a place in the hospital environment.
Sara and her adorable husband, Justin, and four feisty children live in North Ogden, Utah. She loves early morning runs, long afternoon walks, hiking, yoga, crocheting, quilting and crafting. In reality, she spends much of her free time catching up on dishes, laundry, weeds and hiding in the bathroom secretly catching up on social media. She loves laughing until her cheeks hurt and has a special affinity for “Cool Mom” jokes, phrases, and dance moves that embarrass her children.
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 NC with the best of both mountains and beaches.
She then moved to SLC 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 for a brief period of time at the University Hospital. She loved learning and experiencing from the many patients she had the chance to work with.
Micah then 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, sports, and much more.
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 wanted to be able to help and empower women to do what the body had naturally done for thousands of years. She is grateful for the many women she has helped on this journey. She is excited for the many more women and families that she will get to help.
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.
Mindy's passion for working with pregnant moms, started at massage school in 1997 there she was introduced to the idea of natural childbirth and prenatal massage.
When she got pregnant she decided to take a Bradley Method class to prepare for her first baby and loved her class and birth so much she decided to become a teacher a few years later. Mindy took her first childbirth teacher training in The Bradley Method ® in April 2004. She continued her education with Informed Beginnings and is very excited to pass on the things she has learned.
In April 2013, after spending time at home with her children for 14 yrs, she became a prenatal massage specialist at Salt Lake Prenatal Massage where she was able to work with hundreds of prenatal and postpartum clients before becoming the prenatal massage specialist at inSPArations day spa. She now has her own office Mother Nurture Baby in Layton. She has also expanded her prenatal massage and childbirth education training to include Doula training. A Doula is a childbirth professional who serves women by reducing discomfort and pain during labor with continuous support including massage, counter pressure, relaxation techniques, and education. This allows for a quicker recovery for both mother and child.
She has had three beautiful boys and one sweet girl naturally. She had her third and fourth at Andaluz Waterbirth Center in Oregon. She felt it was a very peaceful and beautiful experience to have them in a birthing tub. The other children were also present and thought it was really neat to see their siblings born. Since moving back to Utah, she has really enjoyed living in the Ogden area.
Massage Therapist and Doula
Joleen is very passionate about healing and it can be found in many forms. She has been a licensed massage therapist and energy worker since 1997. She went to Myotherapy massage college in Salt Lake City, Utah. She specializes in Energy work. In the beginning, she went to massage school for herself because she knew she was looking for a healing experience and that is what she found. It has been a very fulfilling career for her. She does her best to provide a safe and unconditionally loving space for people to have a healing experience in. She offers a deep level of presence in each and every session. She provides exceptional bodywork in every single session no matter how many times she's worked with someone.
She did her DONA training to become a doula in 2007. Pregnancy, birth, and babies...she loves it all! She sees the birth process as a huge opportunity for growth and healing. This is an opportunity for the mom to listen/communicate with her body. This is not just a mother experience but a parent experience. She enjoys helping the father be involved in this process. She finds great joy in assisting mothers and fathers in having a rewarding and positive birth experience.
She is married and has 3 amazing children. She is always pursuing new ways to grow. She delights in creative adventures. In her down time she does yoga, dance, hike, art/crafts, read, watch movies.
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.
Doula, Bachelor of Science in Anthropology
Emily's philosophy on birth as a doula was fostered through a variety of experiences: She received a bachelor's degree in anthropology from The University of Illinois at Chicago, where she focused her academic work on traditional birth attendants and how birthing practices varied between cultures.
Emily helped conduct research with the college of nursing on prenatal health care development in the United States and Africa. She was captivated by the supportive, nurturing birth practices she was researching and the positive health outcomes they fostered. This is where she discovered that it takes a strong network of family, community and woman-to-woman support to birth and raise a baby. This is where a doula’s role becomes so valuable as she helps to support each one of these relationships.
Emily's experience attending births in her own family and in a professional role have continued to strengthen this concept for her as she has seen a variety of teams work with new mothers to create an empowering birth experience for her. ( She often find it personally empowering as well).
Emily has a strong background in birth work from running her own Doula practice. She was also a full-time nanny for 7 years. She attended Brigham Young University for nursing/health science and she is studying to be a nurse and midwife.