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.
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. Originally from the rolling hills of Indiana, she felt a spark ignite after attending and photographing the birth of her college professor. She graduated from Indiana University in 2009 with an undergraduate degree in Gender Studies and Human Sexuality. Wanting to extend feminist philosophy and advocacy into choices in childbirth, Haddie became a certified doula with DONA international. After two years serving home and hospital clients, she moved to Florida and began her studies at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. As a student, Haddie has trained with eight midwives in Sarasota and Indiana, in both birth center and home birth practices. Haddie comes to midwifery with the belief that the birth of a child is the making of a community, and as a midwife she hopes to facilitate the process. She believes that, given enough information and the freedom of choice, women will make good decisions. Haddie and her husband Kendrick have two fat, happy cats.
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 (Billing 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.
Danielle Lorraine(Office Administrator and Birth Assistant)Danielle is a birth assistant and the friendly face you see in our front office. She is mother of two,both born at home. She is the owner of Gulf Coast Placenta Lady.
Audra Locicero is a birth assistant, DONA-trained doula, photographer, and herbalist. With a degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from New College of Florida, her study of international human rights, specifically women’s health justice, laid the groundwork for her path as a birth worker. She attributes much of her passion for women’s reproductive health to her own mother – a seasoned NICU nurse, lactation consultant, and birth activist. Audra’s own struggle with the standard healthcare system has led her to advocate for natural, holistic, patient-centered care for all who seek it. She came to Rosemary Birthing Home by way of a friend and delights in the opportunity to attend births as the assistant, and to hold the space for women to have the experience they desire out of their birth.
Sarah Jardine is the mother of three boys, a licensed massage therapist, and a Birth Assistant at Rosemary Birthing Home. I am so blessed to be a part of the team at Rosemary Birthing Home! I think that natural childbirth is some of the most important work happening on the planet at this time. Natural childbirth can be empowering and healing for women, and I feel that powerful, whole women bring positive change to a world desperately in need of rebirth.