Find an OMA Midwife

Cathy Morton, CPM

Cathy is the owner of Serendipities Birth Services and serves the greater Stillwater area. She began practicing midwifery in 2013 after a three year apprenticeship with Faith Morie, CPM in Tulsa. Cathy provides her services in the home setting and she believes holistic care is fundamental to good pregnancy outcomes.  Her experience in childbirth not only include her doula and midwifery training; her personal birth stories have had a profound effect as well.  Each of her ten pregnancies gave her much knowledge and understanding for birth and the woman's body. She strives to provide individualized care for every woman she is privileged to serve.


Dawn Karlin, APRN-CNM

Dawn Karlin is a certified nurse midwife with over 4 years experience as a midwife and has been the primary provider for over 550 births. Dawn has worked closely with families helping their birth preferences become reality. She is the owner and midwife for Moments of Bliss Midwifery Services which is a homebirth and birth center midwifery practice serving central and western Oklahoma.


Elizabeth Norwood, CPM

Elizabeth is a Certified Professional Midwife serving families in Central and Eastern Oklahoma. She offers in-home prenatal and postpartum visits for the convenience of her clients. Because of her belief that birth belongs to women, her practice style is very mother-directed and based on the principle of informed consent. Elizabeth views herself as a guardian of normal birth; holding the space, and providing intervention only when necessary. During her clinical training, she was privileged to work with over 15 different midwives, both CPMs and CNMs in a variety of birth settings. Her understanding of midwifery was enriched by this cross-training as she observed many different practice styles and served women from varied demographics. She strives to combine the time-honored traditions of midwifery with current evidenced-based clinical practice to provide excellent maternity care.


Charlee Lacy, OMA Senior Midwife

Charlee Lacy offers midwifery care from her office in Edmond, Oklahoma. Charlee is currently a Certified Senior-Level Midwife with the OMA. She is active in obtaining continuing education and certification on a national level.  Charlee believes that a woman's body is created to birth, as a normal part of life, and that babies can be birthed naturally and prayerfully in the comfort of one's home.   She agrees that parents who are completely informed, and who participate in their pregnancies and births, have the best possible opportunity for a safe and joyful outcome.   She works diligently to support and protect the normal birth process.  Charlee is very grateful to have served women and families through the gift of midwifery since 1996.  She is not currently taking clients, because she is currently pursuing her Masters in Nurse Midwifery.

Susan Smartt Cook, CPM

Susan has been involved in birth work for 8 years, first as a doula, and then a midwifery student, and now a midwife in a small solo practice based Edmond, OK.  Susan received her academic midwifery education through the National College of Midwifery (NCM) distance learning program along with the Midwest Maternal Child Institute, based in Chicago, IL.  Over the course of her training, she was fortunate enough to apprentice with multiple preceptors in the Chicago area including a nurse midwife and a group of family practice physicians as well as a family practice physician based in Embangweni, Malawi where she volunteered for a month in a birth and mobile prenatal clinic.  She received her Associates in Midwifery from NCM in 2009 and her Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) national credential from the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) in February of 2010.  Immediately after completing her training in Chicago, She moved to rural Wisconsin for a 10 month internship with a PA/CPM and family practice physician who provide midwifery care to a predominantly Amish population in a small primary care clinic.  She then returned home to Tennessee to marry her life-long friend, Josh, and they have now settled for the time being in Edmond, Oklahoma.  

Susan's passion is for individualized care and personal relationships with her clients.  She is deeply committed to safeguarding the normal processes of labor and birth by empowering her clients to care for themselves and their babies throughout pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period.  


Ri Teref-Ta CNM (RN/ADN, BA, MSN)

Ri Teref-Ta has been a nurse for 18 years. She has spent 12 years working in the hospital setting in Labor and Delivery, GYN, Newborn/Postpartum and Newborn ICU care.  After having her first child at home, she applied to Frontier School of Midwifery and became a Certified Nurse-Midwife.  She is a CNM who served in home birth practice over 7 years. She specializes in complimentary holistic care of pregnant women, normal newborn care and well-woman/family planning. Her philosophy is that birth is an empowering experience for each woman and health care should focus on self-reliance through nutrition and lifestyle changes. Ri now has 2 children, both born at home.


Alice Sirmons, CPM

Alice Sirmons is a CPM with NARM and a Senior Midwife with OMA Inc.  She has been doing home births in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas for over twenty nine years.  She believes "God made women to have babies" and it has been her privilege to catch ten of her twelve grandchildren.


Ruth Cobb, CNM, CPM

Ruth Cobb, Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Certified Professional Midwife (CPM),  has been serving women and their families as a homebirth midwife in the Tulsa area since 1977.  She begin her journey in midwifery in an apprenticeship with a traditional midwife at age 19.  Already having her certification through the North American Registry of Midwives and the Oklahoma Midwives Alliance, she begin her formal education towards a degree in nurse-midwifery in 1997 and is now licensed by the State of Oklahoma as a Certified Nurse Midwife.
Ruth believes and supports the philosophy that pregnancy and childbirth are normal, natural events in a woman's life.  She provides physical and emotional help through services of well-woman care, prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum care.


Michelle Hernandez, CPM

Michelle has been providing home and birth center births in the metro area since 1993. She is the current owner and partner of Community Midwifery Service. Michelle holds the belief that birth is an instinctual gift that all women posses and hopes to help her clients find their untapped strengths through birth. Michelle is the current Educational Director of the OMA.


Gail Brown , CPM, ND

Gail Brown began her interest in midwifery in 1983. She completed an apprenticeship in Arkansas and the Association of Texas Certification program. Gail was a co-founder of the Oklahoma Midwives Alliance in 1985 and currently serves as OMA President, the 4th term. In 1996 she merited the National Certification of Certified Professional Midwife. 1998 completed the ND program in Trinity School of Natural Health. Gail is a partner at Community Midwifery Services in Norman, Oklahoma. Gail's role as a caregiver to women is to guard and educate, focusing on preventive measures. Birth is the act of creating and living that bring memories and impressions that last a life time. Home Birth is a safe choice for low risk women.  


Yvonne Silbernagel, OMA Senior Midwife

Yvonne Silbernagel is currently working in a small practice in order to give individualized care to her clients.  She has been working as a midwife for 6 years. She is an active member of the Oklahoma Midwives Alliance. Her devotion to natural childbirth began 16 years ago when she educated herself and became aware of the many advantages of natural childbirth and fought for her own intervention free birth. She then trained as a Doula (labor support person) when she saw that many of her friends were unable to attain their goal of natural childbirth.  She then continued her journey and became a Monitrice (midwives assistant) and then eventually a midwife through the OMA Midwifery Program.  She is currently in the process of becoming a Certified Professional Midwife. She has also explored new ways to help mothers in pregnancy, labor and delivery by educating herself in homeopathy, Bach flowers and cells salts.  She feels that every mom should have the opportunity for the best birth possible in an environment where she feels secure and empowered. She has a special passion to help VBAC clients and those that have experienced birth trauma achieve an empowering birth.


Faith Morie, CPM

Faith has been a midwife since 2007.  She has a private practiced based out of Tulsa where she specializes in giving individualized care to her clients and being constantly available for questions or even just to talk during difficult moments of pregnancy or postpartum.   Faith loves waterbirth and provides pools for her clients to use.  She also enjoys and specializes in giving care to women desiring to VBAC.  Faith believes in educating and supporting her clients in natural life style choices,  herbs and natural supplements, as well as normal pregnancy and birth processes so that each client can make informed choices, feel prepared, and happily anticipate their birth experience.   From 2004-2007 Faith trained academically with the Texas Midwives Training Program, and clinically with fourteen different midwives in both homebirth and birthcenter practices. After graduating and becoming a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife), she volunteered as a midwife in Israel, doing both homebirth and also assisting in a Jerusalem hospital.   Faith is also a musician - she is a certified Suzuki instructor and has taught private piano, violin, guitar and cello for over 13 years and still maintains a small studio.  She grew up in the country outside of Tulsa, the oldest of 10 children, with 7 of her siblings having been born at home.