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 had the privilege of witnessing a home birth while in college studying lighting design. She was changed, and so was her major. She immediately started taking classes toward an RN degree, read everything she could about birth, and attended every childbirth education series in town. Harmony registered for classes at The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery and became a Doula, attending many home and birth center births in Tallahassee and surrounding areas. She apprenticed at the Birth Cottage, a freestanding birth center in Tallahassee, for 4 years, and graduated from midwifery school having attended hundreds of births. Before moving to Sarasota in 2006, Harmony had a homebirth practice assisting women in Monticello, Florida. Harmony is also a certified lactation counselor, certified in neonatal resuscitation, and CPR. ”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.” Harmony and her partner Kip have two sons, Rio and Cairo, both born at home.
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.
Priscilla Kramer‘s pre-medical university studies found her dissatisfied with the Western philosophy and approach to healthcare. After much discernment and exploration she knew the service of a midwife resonated with her core. In 2008 Priscilla graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. The following year she began her studies at The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery and graduated in 2012. As a student she trained in Central Florida with home birth midwives, Rosemary Birthing home and did a short internship in Honduras. Priscilla is certified in neonatal resuscitation and CPR, fluent in Spanish, speaks some German, has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2008, advocates/educates about a plant-based lifestyle abundant in raw fruits and vegetables, enjoys a multitude of outdoor activities and endurance sports, and loves travel.
Ivy Hummon, LM, LPN, CPM is a part-time 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 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.
Heidi Whichel is a doula, birth assistant, wife and mother of two. Her decision to have her youngest 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 two children, Grace and Jack.
Erin Ernst is a birth assistant, artist, mother, and wife. Following the cesarean birth of her oldest daughter, Erin joined the International Cesarean Awareness Network and became a birth assistant. In 2011, her youngest daughter was welcomed into the water at home. Erin painted the birthing home mural, and creates belly art for many of our clients. She and her husband Joe have two daughters, Kalina and Jasper.
Kristen Dillon is a birth assistant and mother whose youngest two children were born with midwives at Rosemary Birthing Home. Kristen works as a banker by day, and assists the midwives at births whenever possible. Kristen and her husband Derek have three children, Noelle, Shane and Hailey.