An Open Letter from a Citrus County Mom to her Midwife

"I'm very grateful that I encountered you in this life and I consider it an honor that I will one day tell Emmett his birth story and that story will include you."

Meet our new House Manager!

We are excited to welcome our new house manager, Rah Hines! Get to know Rah and let her know how you would like to get involved at the Roots.

PROM: The obnoxious birth ruin-er no one talks about | Tampa Home Birth Midwifery

In the last few months we have noticed a huge rise in the number women who experience Premature Rupture of Membranes aka PROM in our own practice. While things in midwifery can be cyclical we thought with so many cases it was reason for pause.

Tampa Home Birth Midwifery : A Glimpse Into Our Day | Tampa Bay Homebirth and Midwifery Care

"Our photographer Patti of Sweet Plum Photography is so talented. Patti calls these little films 'family films' and does a beautiful job of them for all sorts of occasions. She jokingly called ours a 'company film with family feeling'- UMMM LOVE THAT! "

A Doula's Memories on Mother's Day and Everyday

Mother's Day brings us to think of the women in our lives. As a doula there is a special honor of remembering the moments my clients became mothers themselves.

A Midwife's Photo Archive | Tampa Bay Homebirth Midwife

The archives are open! 

Florida Licensed Midwives Need Your Help! | Tampa Midwife

Some of you may have heard our battle cries at the end of 2016 when we learned that the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists announced that they would be pursuing a bill that could impact Florida Licensed Midwives. For those of us on The Council and most midwives state wide we completely agreed that bill itself was not necessarily a problem- the issue is that the state attorneys felt the only way to accomplish this was to open our law.

What's Next for the Community Roots Collective

The Community Roots Collective began as the dream of a local midwife who wanted to support her clients beyond the 6 week postpartum visit. Over the past 2 years, we have felt our community embrace us. We have made new friends and have seen return visits from old ones. We have grown through the support of a handful of businesses who honor the lives of women and families. We have found the love and support of community women and men who are all passionate about supporting families through the often tumultuous journey of parenthood. We believe and hope we are making a difference and have created a welcoming space that is inviting to all. We want to do more, to reach more, to grow more, to support YOU more.

That is why we decided to incorporate as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization.

My Doula Was Brandi Morales of Barefoot Birth : Part 6 | Tampa Bay Doula

"Then I found Brandi, who happened to live only 15 minutes away, and I knew she was someone who would be able to bring the energy and knowledge I wanted in my pregnancy and birth! She came over several times during my pregnancy to spend time with me and my daughter so that my daughter would be comfortable with her (and my daughter absolutely loves her), and made sure she got to know my husband and mother in law as well since they would also be at the birth."

My Doula Was Brandi Morales of Barefoot Birth : Part 5 | Tampa Bay Doula

"Without Brandi I don't think I could have had the birthing experience I wanted. She was amazing! During my pregnancy she was available to answer all my questions and also provided words of encouragement when I had any doubts on my ability to do a natural birth."

Placenta Encapsulation

"Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the mother’s placenta after the birth of her baby(ies) and dehydrating it to then be ground and placed into capsules for the mother to ingest as she sees fit. The ingestion of the placenta is known as “placentophagy.”

My Doula Was Brandi Morales of Barefoot Birth : Part 4 | Tampa Bay Doula

"She supported me through each contraction with soothing encouragement and holding my hands. She was great support and a team member for my husband. She gave him tools and techniques to use that allowed him to be an amazing birthing partner."

My Doula Was Brandi Morales of Barefoot Birth : Part 3 | Tampa Bay Doula

"After meeting with Brandi, I was confident that she could provide much more support than our previous experience, and she was able to answer all of my questions with ease, demonstrating to me she had plenty of birth experience. We met several times in advance to go over my birth preferences and for her to get to know me and my husband. I was impressed by her honesty, openness, and calmness."