Your care team at the birthing home is a dedicated group of women working together to respond to your needs during pregnancy, birth, postpartum and early parenting. We are also here to offer counseling regarding preconception. The birthing home staff includes highly qualified professionals who are experts in optimizing your health and your baby’s health through pregnancy, experts in natural birthing, experts in family bonding and natural postpartum care.
Harmony Miller, LM, CPM is a licensed midwife and owner of Rosemary Birthing Home since 2006. She sits on the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Board for the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County. She is certified in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation. Harmony attended The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. Harmony spends her off time with her two boys Rio and Cairo, both born at home in the water. She enjoys studying, practicing and receiving Craniosacral Therapy. She also has a passion for communication and studies with the Satvatove Institute. She has great interest in natural remedies and studies homeopathy, herbals, and essential oils. She strives to feed her family a healthy mostly organic diet. “Birth is my passion. I truly love what I do. I feel honored to be invited to participate in the greatest miracle of childbirth. I enjoy watching families support one another. I love seeing a woman do more than she ever thought possible and be born as a mother.”
Jessica Willoughby, LM, CPM is a licensed midwife and the Clinical Director at Rosemary Birthing Home. She completed her DONA doula training in 2009 after graduating from USF with an Anthropology degree. As a doula, she saw a great need for birth options in her community and decided to pursue a career as a licensed midwife. She studied midwifery at The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, having completed over two years of midwifery training in out-of-hospital settings. In 2012, Jessica traveled to the Dominican Republic to assist women in a local hospital in Bani. She became licensed in 2014 and currently lives in St. Pete with her husband Matt and their dog, Tabitha.
Ivy Hummon, LM, LPN, CPM is a part-time licensed midwife at Rosemary Birthing Home and Baby Love Birthing Center in Cape Coral, Florida. Ivy has been an LPN since 1998, working in geriatrics, pediatrics, and home healthcare, and is a certified Childbirth Educator and Doula. When she experienced the Midwives Model of Care during the homebirth of her daughter, she altered her career course to pursue Licensed Midwifery. Ivy then spent two years in midwifery education in Amherst, Massachusetts under the tutelage of Beth Moonstone, owner of Woman Craft Midwifery, during which time she attended births in a Doula capacity. Ivy returned to Florida in 2006 to attend the The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in Gainseville. During her education, Ivy precepted with Samantha McCormick , CNM, owner of Baby Love Birth Center. Once licensed in 2009, Ivy began working part-time at Baby Love, and began managing the birth center full time in the winter of 2010 when McCormick’s husband, Medical Director George Kovacevic, MD, took a medical leave of absence. Upon their return in November 2011, Ivy joined the Rosemary Birthing Home team part-time as well. Ivy also has the pleasure of attending women in Charlotte County through her homebirth business, Fruit of the Womb Midwifery Care.
Carmela Pedicini, LPN, ICEA has been providing Independent Childbirth Education to Florida’s families for over a decade. She has assisted with hundreds of births, from simple to complex, in families’ homes, in birth centers and in hospitals throughout Southwest Florida. A nurse, lactation counselor, doula and birth assistant, Carmela has developed an evidence-based and unique curriculum, collaborating with midwives, doctors and most importantly, patients, to offer pregnant families exactly the information they need and are looking for. Carmela endorses family-centered maternity care, regardless of insurance, socioeconomic status, education, culture or parenting style.“My teaching methods always reflect my passionate belief in women’s ability to give birth, and to experience the process of birth as a natural and healthy part of their lives.” Carmela has two grown children, Sarah and Michael. She is a singer and guitarist for Passerine and Radio-Free Carmela and the Transmitters.
Haddie Katz, LM, CPM is a licensed midwife at Rosemary Birthing Home. She is originally from the rolling hills of Indiana. In college, while studying Gender and Human Sexuality, Haddie was deeply inspired after photographing the birth of her college biology professor’s child. Wanting to extend feminist philosophy and advocacy into childbirth, Haddie earned her doula certification with DONA International and worked for two years in hospital settings, promoting childbirth education and advocating for women’s right to choose their birth providers. In 2012, Haddie moved to earn her CPM at the The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. Haddie believes that the birth of a child is the making of a community, and as a midwife, she hopes to facilitate this process by providing information and freedom of choice. When she is not busy with a birth, Haddie speaks Hebrew with her father on the phone, quilts, bakes challah, and swims in the Gulf with her husband, Kendrick.
Heidi Whichel (Business Administrator) is a doula, birth assistant, wife and mother of three. Her decision to have her second child at Rosemary Birthing Home has impacted so profoundly that she has changed her professional path. Heidi loves to assist other women in having similarly empowering experiences and believes strongly in the wisdom of the human body. Heidi and her husband Chuck have three children, Grace, Jack and Colt.
Lara Costa (Office Administrator): wife to Mike, mother of two tykes. Runner of distance, 50 miles for instance. Avid plant eater, new people greeter. Sarasota born, sun and fun is the norm. University of Florida grad, animal science is rad! Car seat technician, child safety’s the mission. A homebirther am I, ask I’ll tell you why.
Nikki Schuster is a birth assistant, billing administrator, registered nurse, wife and mother of three. Since the beginning of her first pregnancy, Nikki uncovered her passion for the natural birth process. Though long and winding, this set Nikki on a path to support and provide a safe place for women to experience the birth experience as they see fit. Nikki was a practicing licensed massage therapist, specializing in prenatal massage, for over 6 years before beginning nursing school. She is now on track to become a certified nurse midwife. When she’s not at the birth center or hospital, Nikki enjoys spending time with her wonderful and supportive husband and children or performing in plays and musicals at The Players Theatre of Sarasota.
Jessica May is a birth assistant, wife and mother of two. She became a part of the Rosemary community during her first pregnancy. Rosemary Birthing Home was the perfect place for her prenatal care. The community, support and education were just what she needed to aid in both of her healthy pregnancies and natural births. Jess is also a certified yoga teacher. She is amazed by the movements of the human body and truly sees it as an art form. She brings breathing, position changes and massage with essential oils to the birthing experience. She very much enjoys supporting women in labor. Jess and her husband Aaron have two children, Allie and Levi.
Kitty Shenk is a birth assistant and aspiring midwife. After a very typical hospital birth for her first child she sought the services of Rosemary Birthing Home for the birth of her second child. The birth of her second child instilled the desire to serve others so they might receive the care she so treasured. She ultimately feels midwifery is her calling and feels privileged to provide care for the families in this community.