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 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.
Victoria Long LM, CPM
“I love supporting families through their journeys, removing a lot of fear and stigma from a beautiful process we have been given.”
Victoria is a licensed Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and a Licensed Midwife (LM) . She is certified through national (NARM) and state licensure (TDLR). Victoria attended the Association of Texas Midwives education program and received her training in the Austin area with homebirth practices and birth centers, and completed certification requirements at the Austin Area Birthing Center. Victoria has been involved in birth work for over 5 years in roles as a Birth Assistant, Doula, Friend, and Midwife. Since getting licensed in February 2020, Victoria has worked with a Homebirth practice in the Austin Area and joined Central Texas Birth Center in the Fall of 2020. Victoria has a vision to serve local communities, bringing Midwifery care to every birthing mother that desires it. In her time not in the birth world she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
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
“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.”
Ashley is a student midwife with the Association of Texas Midwives. 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.