About Us

Sharon Schmidt, L.M.

Sharon graduated from the 3 year direct-entry midwifery program at the School of Complementary Medicine, near Orlando, Florida in 1997. She is a Florida Licensed Midwife and opened Fruitful Vine Midwifery Service on May 18, 1998.

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. After his birth, I didn't have to think twice where I would have the next two babies!", says Sharon. 

Sharon has been married to Ray since 1978 and they have 4 children; Christopher, Michael, Rebecca (Luke) and Jeffrey (Brianna). They were all home schooled. Sharon and Ray have been blessed with ten wonderful grandchildren - Oliver (2009), surviving triplet 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.  Fisher (2012), Parker (2014), Caroline (2014), Emmitt (2015), Shepherd (2015) and Brooks (2020).

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.

Heather Harper Palmer. L.M., C.P.M.

After many years as a private practice doula, Heather joined the FV team as a birth assistant in 2016. She completed her midwifery education and became a Florida Licensed Midwife in 2021.  During her career, she has had the privilege of educating and supporting families through non-profit social service agencies, private practice doula work, and health education. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Spanish and is a graduate of FSTM. Heather and her husband have 5 children, all born at home.