Sharon has been married to Ray since 1978 and have 4 children; Christopher (Brooke) , Michael (Colleen), Rebecca (Luke) and Jeffrey. They were all home schooled. Sharon and Ray have been blessed with three wonderful grandchildren - Oliver (2009) and twin girls - Coeur d'Lane & Lennon (2011). In the midst of their joy in meeting the girls, they had to say goodbye to their sister, Emerson.
Sharon became interested in midwifery after the birth of their second child. Their first baby was born in the hospital with many interventions. During her second pregnancy, Sharon started doing a lot of reading and gathering information on childbirth. She and Ray decided to have their baby with a midwife who did out of hospital deliveries. That was a life changing decision for Sharon. It was after that birth that she realized the call on her life. "I wanted to be able to help women the way my midwife helped me. I didn't have to think twice where I would have the next two babies!", says Sharon.
Over the years Sharon has helped hundreds of women. She has been the childbirth educator, the doula (labor support person), the friend and the midwife. Sharon believes "Birth is a very sacred moment and to be present at a birth is an honor."
Cindy is a Certified Nurse Midwife. CNMs provide OB and GYN services and can deliver in and out of the hospital. She has a BS in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University and a BSN from Emory University. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Master’s degree in Nurse Midwifery.
Cindy is married to Jeff and they have five children together: Monique, Cami, Alex, and twins, Jesse and John. Midwife means “with women.” Cindy inherited this “with women” gene from her mother, who was a La Leche League leader, and in partnership with Cindy’s father, led the Childbirth Education Association during its beginning years in Jacksonville.
After college, Cindy’s plan to go on to do physical therapy was changed by her experiences as a rape crisis center and crisis pregnancy advocate. Her passion for helping women and children was redirected and she felt the “call” to become a midwife. Cindy was a Labor and Delivery nurse and an OB/GYN research coordinator before finishing her training. She has been working with UF/Shands since 2001, with the goal of providing healthy, educated, gentle maternity care in mind. She has been her department’s research administrator and midwife since 2006.
Cindy and Jeff met Sharon during a 2012 mission trip to provide prenatal care for natives in Guatemala. Cindy and Sharon shared an immediate connection and, since then, they have been working together to find a solution for bridging the gap between hospital and out-of-hospital births. Cindy, who has a love for learning, teaching, and empowering women, is very excited about this opportunity to work with Fruitful Vine. She believes that this new direction could assist in changing Family Centered Maternity Care and Childbirth practices in Jacksonville to the model healthcare that these titles were meant to describe.
Katie Albers is a Florida Licensed Midwife and a Certified Professional Midwife. She graduated from the 3 year direct-entry midwifery program at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in Gainesville, Florida.
Katie and her husband Jeremy have been married since 2004. They have 3 children: Toby (2008), Gabriel (born at home in 2010) and Tristan (born at home in 2012).
Katie has been with Fruitful Vine Midwifery Service since May 2007.
She balances the two callings of full-time mother and part-time midwife. While her midwifery training gave Katie all of the professional skills needed to attend births, it wasn't until the birth of her first child that she was equipped with the full understanding of what a powerful experience birth is for a woman. As a midwife, she considers it a privilege to help women and their families welcome the new life with which they have been blessed.
Ashley is a Florida and South Carolina Licensed Midwife and a Certified Professional Midwife. She graduated from the three year direct-entry midwifery program at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in Gainesville, FL.
Ashley began working with pregnant women in her hometown of Charleston, SC in 2003. During that time, she worked as a labor and postpartum doula as well as a volunteer counselor with the local pregnancy center. During midwifery school, she precepted at the Birth Center of Gainesville and Heart and Hands homebirth practice. After completing her training, Ashley had the privilege of experiencing childbirth in another culture while volunteering at a maternity clinic in the Philippines for one month. Since beginning her training, Ashley has supported hundreds of women during their pregnancies and births.
Ashley considers it a joy and honor to come alongside women and their families during one of the most special events of their lives.
We offer consultations for anyone interested in our services. This is a good time to tour the birthing rooms and to get your questions answered. Call the office for an appointment.