Our Birth Team
Salli Gonzalez, LM
Midwife, Clinical Director, Owner
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 4 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, gardening, walking along the river and sitting on the back porch watching her chickens.
Ellora Couch LM, CPM
Ellora became interested in midwifery as she watched her mom’s experience having three children at home. She fell in love with the holistic, empowering approach to birth. After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition in 2014, Ellora headed to the Philippines to start her midwifery training with National College of Midwifery and Newlife International. In two and a half years there, she worked with a diverse demographic and witnessed a wide variety of birth experiences. Ellora moved to Austin in 2017 to finish her midwifery requirements and worked as a birth assistant for three years. She graduated in January of 2019. Ellora sees midwifery as one way to come alongside women to help them discover their autonomy, strength and dignity
Student Midwife, Birth Assistant
Ashley is a student midwife with the Association of Texas Midwives and has been with CTBC since September 2020. Before she started training to be a midwife, she received a Bachelors degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology from West Texas A&M University. Ashley moved to the North Austin area at the end of 2019 and enjoys being with her loved ones and spending time outdoors.
“I’ve always believed in the innate power of the human body, especially the forces behind pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood. I want to be with women during their childbearing journey to support them, educate them, and help empower them.”
Ever since Susanna had her daughter, almost two years ago, she’s been obsessed with all things birth and is just amazed at what our bodies, as women, are capable of doing.
She received her Bachelors degree in nursing and has been a nurse for over 10 years, primarily in oncology, but switched to working in Labor and Delivery where she realized quickly that L&D was not where her birth heart was.
“I have worked in a hospital for 15 years and am so very excited to be out of the hospital setting and working at CTBC, assisting midwives and mother’s in doing what God designed our bodies to do-give birth to beautiful little humans! I’m thankful to be apart of your birth story!”