“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” – JFK
We believe in our models of care and desire to be accessible to all people, regardless of race, religion, sexuality, lifestyles and socioeconomic status. We are a safe place for all people, free of judgement.
As your providers, we will do our best to guard you and your birth space; honoring your choices, keeping you and your baby safe, respecting your traditions, addressing past trauma, listening and hearing when you speak. We are committed to you. We are committed to educating you on what’s happening with you and your baby. We are committed to staying up on the latest research and continually educating ourselves. We are committed to fully explaining things and obtaining your permission before they happen. We are committed to only intervening when necessary. We are committed to answering our phones 24/7. We will hear you. We will respect you. We will protect you. We will believe in you.
meet the providers
(founder, owner, midwife)
Meredith’s journey to becoming a midwife began years ago when she attended her first birth as a photographer, which was at a freestanding birth center in Fort Worth. She was already pursuing nursing as a career and after witnessing a birth decided to pursue a future of working in women’s services. She worked in labor and delivery at a North Texas hospital while in school. Seeing the vast differences in birth settings during her time working there, she grew more and more passionate about patients being informed and being given options that best suit them vs. one system for all people. She believes that all birth settings are valuable and necessary when appropriate. Meredith’s time in midwifery school was divided between Dallas Fort Worth and Seattle, WA, providing her with a wide variety of knowledge and experience. Meredith was born and raised in Arlington, TX. In her free-time she enjoys going to the movies with friends, outdoor activities, attending concerts and educational conferences and visiting Washington when her schedule allows.
Caitlin Bourne, CPM, LM
The word ‘midwife’ means ‘with women’ and every pregnant person deserves a skilled companion who has traveled the road of birth many times. Caitlin grew up around midwives in her hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska, and knew at an early age that her calling would be caring for families and catching their babies. After birthing five of her own (in her bath tub at home), marrying her childhood sweetheart, and moving over 2,000 miles south, she began her apprenticeship here in Dallas, Texas. She has trained under 10 exceptional midwives in hospital, home, and birth center settings, all the while completing her long-distance didactic work. Between births and appointments, chauffeuring five children, and keeping up with the latest science on evidence-based maternity care, Caitlin is still able to sew quilts, cook bone broth, hike, attend jazz concerts and sometimes even sneak back home to visit Alaska.
Bethany Stricker, CPM, LM
(Bethany Stricker Midwifery)
Bethany spent most of her time growing up near Washington, D.C. She began her journey to becoming a midwife after attending births as a doula for several years. After attending her first out-of-hospital birth, she knew that becoming a midwife and offering the midwifery model of care would allow her to provide the high quality, compassionate care that she believed women deserve. Bethany has had the privilege of training in many different settings including rural home birth practice, solo birth center practice and high-volume birth center practices in Virginia and Texas. She enjoys offering holistic, individualized care to families and serves as the Continuing Education Coordinator for the North Texas Midwives Association and is the co-founder of Abide Women’s Health Services, a non-profit that is bringing free prenatal care to Dallas Fort Worth. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family and friends, hiking, reading and knitting.
Jennifer Mozeke, Student Midwife
(Supervised by: Bethany Stricker Midwifery)
Mozeke is a brilliant, talented, senior-level student, who is currently under the supervision of midwife Bethany. She plans to be done with her education and preparing for her board exams in just a few short months! She leaves all clients feeling well-loved and well-supported and her smile brightens all of our days. We’re proud to have her on board!
Dr. Michelle Jefferson
Dr. Michelle is excited to serve and support the families of Birth and Wellness of Arlington! Serving in various clinical settings over the last 8 years led Michelle to begin her house call practice in 2017. Her vision was to serve families whose busy schedules may not fit with traditional office hours. She designed her practice with working parents, new moms, and active kids in mind, providing care in home or office settings.
She spent her childhood traveling the world with her family as a military child. She planted her roots in Dallas after marrying her college sweetheart and beginning their family. She has 3 little ones 13, 9 and 7, that keep her busy outside of practice. She holds certifications in Webster, acupuncture for pregnancy, labor and postpartum. She continually works on building her tool box with continued education in perinatal and pediatric classes and seminars.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Michelle click here.