Meet Our Staff
Melēna Sandifer, CPM, LM
Primary Midwife, Owner
After serving the East Texas area as a Licensed Paramedic for over 6 years, and then working as a Registered Nurse, the opportunity to apprentice with my personal midwife presented itself in 2011. I jumped at the chance! After completing all aspects of apprenticeship required by the North American Registry of Midwives, I became a Certified Professional Midwife and a Licensed Midwife with the state of Texas in 2014. I was honored to be the primary midwife of a busy practice for nearly 2 years, before opening Cherished Birth in 2016.
I believe that pregnancy and childbirth are normal, natural functions of life. This is a sacred time of growing families, both literally and figuratively. I strive to offer my clients respectful, up-to-date, and evidence-based care. I am a firm believer in informed choice. It is my desire to offer current research and education, and come alongside my clients as they make choices that best suit their family’s needs. I trend toward holistic/alternative options and recommendations for my clients, as well as for my own family. I am blessed and honored to serve each client, and truly believe God has called me to this work. I’m happily married, with 3 children.
Tammy Jimenez CPM, LM
I worked 19 years in maternal and child health as a Registered Dietitian and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant when I started my journey to become a midwife in 2013. It was a great privilege to train under a midwife with 38 years of home birth experience. I became a Certified Professional Midwife and a Licensed Midwife with the state of Texas in 2017.
I believe in the natural, physiologic life processes of pregnancy and childbirth and work diligently to offer evidence-based care to my clients. It is a great privilege to walk alongside a woman as she experiences the miracle of birth.
I am a senior student midwife that has trained with multiple midwives across Texas. I am originally from Mabank, TX. I fell in love with midwifery when I had my 3rd baby with a midwife in Dallas. I have been married for 15 years and homeschool my three children.
Rachel is a midwifery apprentice, doula and mother to 7. She first experienced the benefits of midwifery care 14 years ago with the birth of her second child. Rachel went on the have five more home births including two water births. The care she received from her midwives sparked a desire to see more women and families given the opportunity to take an active role in their health care, pregnancy and birth. That desire led her to become a certified doula. As a doula, she helps couples become empowered, informed, and supported through the entire birth experience. Becoming a midwife was the natural next step in Rachel’s desire to serve women in birth. She is honored to have the opportunity to work with the Cherished Birth families as she studies under the instruction of Melena Sandifer.benefits of doulas.