Certified Professional Midwife; Licensed Lay Midwife; Meac Bridge Certified
-DONA doula trained (2013)
-Certified Natural Health Professional (2014)
-Naturopathic Professional (2015)
-Spinning Babies (2019)
-Helping Mothers and Babies Survive (2019)
-Birth Emergency Skills Training Certified
-MEAC Bridge Certified (2022)
-NARM Preceptor certified
-Neonatal Resuscitation (recertified every two years)
-Basic Life Support (recertified every two years)
Abby is always reading or enrolling in online trainings to expand her knowledge to support families.
Philosophy of Birth:
Pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding are natural God-given functions of the woman’s body. Birth itself is not a ‘medical condition’ but the normal process through which new life enters the world. For low-risk women, giving birth at home in an environment that she is comfortable with, combined with skilled attendants, can be an optimal choice to ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience.
When allowed to follow its natural course, pregnancy normally results in the birth of a healthy baby with a healthy mother. While having a trust that ultimately God is in control, and has designed the woman’s body to give birth, I also believe it is the responsibility of the midwife to provide qualified and responsible care. Occasionally, a critical situation arises during pregnancy or labor which necessitates specialized care that cannot be provided in a home setting. In these cases, it is imperative that the trust and communication between the client and midwife be such that each has confidence in the decisions that are made. Any decisions regarding options are yours to make, however there is a limit to what I am willing to take on as a responsible care provider. If and when those limits are reached, I will let you know immediately.
When Abby is not doing midwife stuff, she is busy managing her household and being a wife to her husband, involving herself in their local church, pursuing more education to grow her skills as a midwife and natural health professional, going hiking, tending to her small garden out back, and more!
September 2015 - June 2019
June 2019 - Present
Abby started her journey in the birth & wellness field by becoming certified as a DONA doula. She also attended Trinity School of Natural Health and was board certified in Naturopathy. She apprenticed with Natural Health Professionals and attended births in the hospital setting.
Abby joined Family Birth and Wellness in Springfield, MO as an intern student midwife. There she trained under CPMs and CNMs in the birth center and home birth setting. Abby met the requirements of the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and passed the NARM exam in June of 2019 and became a Certified Professional Midwife.
Abby started Abby Kay Midwifery (formally known as Grace Delivers Midwifery) in the Southeast Missouri area. She served in Missouri from June of 2019 to October of 2021. She now practices in the Conway, Arkansas area. Abby has been in attendance of an estimated 350 births in her midwifery career.