NBKC founding midwife, Debbie Perry, believes in the sustainability of midwifery care, which is why she has formed a team of 3 midwives to provide quality care to NBKC clients while preventing midwife burnout.
Debbie Perry, CPM
Debbie began her midwifery career in the late 80s after having her own home births and working as an ICU and labor and delivery nurse for 7 years. She became a practicing home birth midwife in 1989 and has helped start three birth centers over the years. After doing births in hospital, birth center, and home, Debbie chooses to do home births exclusively because she has found they have less transfers and happier outcomes. Therefore she started her Natural Birth KC practice in 2010 in Kansas City. She has trained over 10 midwives, several of whom continue to practice and build midwifery in the Kansas City area. She has been married for almost 50 years to her husband Ted and has 3 grown sons and 12 grands kids so far.
Sarah Papabathini, CPM
Sarah worked with and trained under Debbie Perry, CPM, for four years and became a Certified Professional Midwife in February 2018. Prior to midwifery, she worked as an EMT and Paramedic. She is a wife to Jaipaul and mom to Jedidiah+Emma and Elizabeth. She has lived in Kansas City for over 9 years, previously living in New York and India. She loves birth and her goal is, always, healthy mama and healthy baby.
Jana Johnston, CPM
Jana started attending births in 2011. She has been teaching childbirth classes and workshops since 2014 and has trained multiple doulas in the Pacific Northwest. She began her formal midwifery training in 2015, apprenticing with a number of seasoned christian midwives including Mary Bernabe, Carol Gautschi, Diane Goslin, Heidi Yanello, Michelle Freund, and Amber Walla. She finished her certified professional midwife credential through NARM in 2020. She speaks Spanish and is working toward moving to Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico to open her own home birth midwifery practice and raise up new midwives to help make birth better in Mexico and Latin America.
Abigail Caldwell, Admin
Abigail has been the office manager at Natural Birth KC since April 2020. She is currently in midwifery school pursuing her CPM certification. Abby is passionate about the healing of the whole person. Raised in Arizona, she moved to Kansas City in 2014 and received her bachelors in leadership and theology from IHOP University and then lived in Hawaii for medical training and cross cultural psychology before returning to Kansas City in 2020. Her long term goal is to develop women’s healthcare in underprivileged and underdeveloped communities.