Meet The Team

Loretta Shupe

Loretta Shupe

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 care and other specialties. 

Loretta entered an apprenticeship to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) in January of 2014. She studied under Chris Miller CPM and worked with 16 different midwives. She has participated in over 200 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 and encourages her to ‘Have a Voice’ in all aspects of her care. 

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.
Tara Mansius

Tara Mansius

CPM, LDEM

Tara Mansius is a Utah native who has made her home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest for the past 18 years with her husband Brandon and 5 rambunctious sons. She graduated from Midwives College of Utah and became a Certified Professional Midwife in 2017. She was blessed to apprentice with a variety of wise and wonderful midwives at Andaluz Waterbirth Center. 

Her introduction to birth (other than her own) began in 2006 when she started attending births as a birth photographer, then later as a doula. Tara is a yoga enthusiast, explorer and loves being in nature more than anything in the world. She has a deep love and respect for women and is grateful to be able to walk beside them through vulnerable and sacred life experiences. Her mission as a midwife is to empower women in discovering their own strength and inner wisdom.

Kathleen Lofley

DNP, APRN, CNM, WHNP-BC

Kathleen, known as ‘Kat’ is a licensed doctor of nursing practice in women’s health and in nurse midwifery in the state of Utah.  She has a great love for mamas in labor and enjoys helping them through those challenges to a complete delivery.  She is passionate about women’s strengths and the power of birth. She is an avid supporter of water birth and women’s choices about their birth experience. She is an advocate for safe and natural childbirth.

Kat received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah in 2010.  She went on to receive her Doctorate in 2016 at the same university. Kat has been awarded the Employee Recognition of Quality at the George E. Wahlen Veterans Medical Center in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. She has been published with articles on Breech birth simulation training for midwifery students.

Kat provides family planning, prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care for women throughout the lifespan. She provides continuous labor support and management of mother and fetus in the birth center setting­­. She provides sexual infection and cancer screenings.

Kat is a proud wife and mother of two rambunctious children.

Julie Russell

Julie Russell

APRN, CNM

Julie is a Utah native who felt the call to midwifery as a young girl when hearing the stories of her pioneer ancestors who had been midwives. She obtained her RN and went to work in Maternal-Newborn, Labor and Delivery, and pregnancy and labor related research. She has worked in a wide variety of settings from busy, high-risk tertiary facilities to free-standing birth centers. After 35 years assisting and supporting families during their special times, she fulfilled her dream of graduating with her master’s degree in Midwifery. She worked briefly in Montana before joining My Family Birth Center. She is passionate about partnering with families to provide patient-centered, evidenced-based care in an environment that supports their choices.  She feels honored and privileged to be a part of such an amazing time in a couple’s/family’s life.

Julie has four children and eight grandchildren that she adores.

When Julie isn’t midwifing, she has loads of hobbies, is pursuing a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP), loves being outdoors, spending time with family, and traveling.
Jessica Collins

Jessica Collins

CPM, BSM, LDEM

Jessica 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. After spending a year volunteering as a birth and postpartum doula, she then spent many more years apprenticing with a variety of midwives and studying towards becoming a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). As a midwife she believes that all women deserve compassionate, steady and informed support throughout their unique reproductive journeys and focuses on providing a safe space for them to deepen their awareness of the birthing process while offering the information they need to make empowered choices.

When not working, one of her favorite things to do is cuddle up with her family at home and read a good book. She also loves being part of musical productions and to go dancing in her community.

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Ellie Tucker

Office Manager

Ellie (EllieAnna) was drawn to birth back in high school when studying other cultures and traditions for woman in labor. It was amazing to her to learn about how woman came together to support one another throughout labor and postpartum recovery. She was surprised at how beautiful birth could be.  
 
In 2016 she trained to become a certified birth and postpartum doula. Ellie is passionate about woman feeling safe and getting the say over their birthing experience. 
 
Outside of work, Ellie has also studied hypnotherapy and is a certified meditation coach. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, playing outside with their son, taking care of their goats, horses, chickens, dogs and other animals.
Micah Bingham

Micah Bingham

BSN, RN

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.

Bethany Knighton

Bethany Knighton

Midwife Apprentice

Bethany is a passionate advocate for natural childbirth, and for parents being able to write their own birth story. She is married to Karl and a mother to five awesome children. With her first two babies, she was induced and had an epidural. She started living a more holistic lifestyle and earned certifications as a family and nutritional herbalist. 

Bethany had her next two babies with no medical intervention with an OB/GYN, but still felt something was missing. With her fifth baby, Bethany finally had a midwife and could not believe how different that birth was! She believes all families should have the wonderful experience she had, and hopes she can bring care and compassion to everyone she meets at My Family Birth Center. 

Bethany considers herself a life-long learner. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, going on dates with her husband, and playing with her kids.

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Mylie Laing

Midwife Apprentice

Mylie Laing delights in supporting a mother’s harmonious intuition as they relate to giving birth. She is drawn to midwifery as it matches her belief in the wisdom of nature. 
 
Mylie started working with birthing families in 2003 when she became a doula and certified childbirth educator. Since then, she has authored a blog on postpartum mental and emotional challenges, is a La Leche League leader, and served as Vice President for the Association for Wise Childbearing. 
 
Mylie values the autonomy of the birthing family and loves assisting women in their desire to orchestrate their experiences in the childbearing years.  She feels blessed to be able to offer compassionate assistance to mothers as they go through pregnancy, labor, postpartum, and breastfeeding experiences. 
 
She and her husband are the grateful parents of 9 children.
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Jana Hartzell

Midwife Apprentice

My best friend introduced me to midwifery during my last keeper pregnancy. I had never really thought of this path until then. Prior to that I have always been a huge advocate for natural birth and breastfeeding. All of my friends and even acquaintances would come to me asking for advice on many things. I really enjoyed empowering these women to stand their ground and go for what they wanted. I am now currently in my 2nd year with Midwives College of Utah working my way to a Bachelor’s degree and the CPM certification.

Born and raised in Wyoming I am a cowgirl, mother and wife. I have been married 14 years and have 3 beautiful children as well as one Surrogate baby and currently pregnant with my 2nd Surrogate baby. You can usually find me with my horses, outside, or with my family. I am so excited to finally be pursuing my dream.

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Savanah Turley

Midwife Apprentice

Savanah has been enthralled with all things birth and reproductive care since she was a child. With the idea of championing women’s health by working as a childbirth educator and lactation consultant, she originally pursued and completed her Bachelor’s of Science at Brigham Young University – Idaho in Public Health, with an emphasis in Health Education and Promotion, graduating in July 2020. However, along her educational journey she had several key experiences that helped her wake up to her real dream in women’s health: midwifery! She is passionate about holistic healthcare and believes in birth as an empowering passageway that reveals to women their own innate and unfailing strength and intuition as they enter into the most beautiful and challenging role of their lives: mother.

Savanah is a mother herself and she and her husband Tyrell have three young children. Her first two children were born unmedicated at a hospital, while her third was born right at MFBC, accounting for one of the most treasured experiences of her life.

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