Heather Hilton, LM
Clinical Director, Staff Midwife
Heather has been serving the birthing families of Central Texas since moving back to her childhood home of Austin in 2002. She began her work in the birth field in 2001 by certifying as a HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator. Shortly thereafter she began attending the births of her students as their doula. Heather founded HypnoBirthing of Central Texas in 2003, which has provided childbirth education to over 450 families in the communities of Central Texas, from Waco to San Antonio. After the birth of her third child, she felt led to a career in midwifery and in 2004 she applied and was accepted in to the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program. Her apprenticeship began at Juneau Family Birth Center, a nonprofit birth center in Juneau, Alaska. She was hired there as the staff doula for the Young Families program, which offered free prenatal education and birth doula services to teenage parents. After returning to Austin in late 2005, Heather continued an apprenticeship at a birth center/homebirth practice for the next 15 months. Heather graduated from ATM and was licensed as a midwife in 2007. She then began her private homebirth practice, Genesis Midwifery, where she practiced until opening Central Texas Birth Center. Heather now has 6 children, and has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1996.
Salli Gonzalez, LM
Her journey in the birth arena began for Salli many years ago with the birth of her own children. Her first was a typical hospital birth which caused her to realize that a mother needs to be proactive in the care of herself in pregnancy and in the birth of her child. Consequently, her journey would lead her to eventually give birth at home to four of her six children and eventually to helping other families in birth. Salli has been in birth work for over 20 years as a doula and a midwife. She attended the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training program and became a licensed midwife in 2007. She was one of the founders of the San Antonio Birth Collective, served as an officer on the board of San Antonio Area Midwives and had been living in the San Antonio area since 1998. She has had a homebirth practice in the San Antonio area and has the honor of working with many families over the years. She is excited to be a part of Central Texas Birth Center and its vision to serve the area North of Austin. Her passions include helping young families live healthy lives first by helping mothers have healthy pregnancies and offering guidance in nutrition and breastfeeding. Truly, Salli’s passion extends beyond pregnancy and birth to be a mentor to young mamas in the care of the babies and children. Salli has been married to Joe since 1980, and together they’re excited about their 2 grandchildren and more to come. Her pastimes include family reunions with her children, which involves lots of loud conversation and lots of Mexican food. She also enjoys reading, container gardening, walking the dog and sitting on the front porch.
Jessie Wright, LM
Jessie first became interested in midwifery while getting her bachelors in nutrition at Texas A&M. She’s an avid supporter of urban farming as her parents own Springdale Farm, located in East Austin. She is happily married, has two fur babies (a dog and a cat), and looks forward to having kids of her own one day. She started the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program in the summer of 2013 and after apprenticing with a couple other home birth midwives for a few months she joined our team in December of 2014. Jessie graduated from ATM and became a Licensed Midwife in 2017. She and her husband are happily awaiting the birth of their first child in February 2018.
Randi started working with us in November, 2013 and we’ve been so lucky so have her!! Randi is a former Montessori guide and has such a sweet and loving way with our families. She is always ready with encouragement, support, and a kind word. Randi is a doula, and attending the Association of Texas Midwives’ Midwifery Training Program. Randi and her husband welcomed their first child, Sophie June, in January 2015. Our families are absolutely blessed to have her help, and we’re excited to bring her on as a staff midwife when she completes her training.
Kristin is currently working towards becoming a midwife through the Association of Texas Midwives’ Midwifery Training Program. Since beginning to consider becoming a midwife in 2004, she has enjoyed learning about nutrition, natural birth, and pregnancy. Kristin comes from a family involved in midwifery and natural birth since 1996. Two of her favorite things about midwifery are getting to know each individual mother and her family and seeing God’s unique and amazing design for women and their babies.
Taylor was drawn to midwifery after witnessing the birth of her younger brother at CTBC in 2015. She began the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program, and subsequently became an apprentice at CTBC in December 2016. Taylor, a natural caregiver, has a sweet gentle nature and is commonly known around the birth center as “the baby whisperer”. We feel so lucky and honored to have Taylor on our team!