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.
Gloria Hines, CPM
Gloria Hines has been married since 2014 to her best friend, and biggest encourager, Chris. Gloria grew up in home birth culture, with 6 of her 11 sisters born at home. She knew she wanted to be a midwife when someone explained to her all that their midwife did for them, and how much it changed their life. She trained initially as a doula in March 2017, then headed off to GoMidwife in Kona, Hawaii in October 2018. She graduated from GoMidwife in March 2019 and started her apprenticeship program. She completed it in a record 2 years with a total of 199 births out of the required 55. She trained with and got experience with multiple midwives: Amber Walla, Katie Connor, Sara Waldo, Debbie Perry, Sarah Papabathini, Jana Johnson, Amy Kirbow and many more. Gloria passed her board exam in March 2021 and became a fully certified midwife in April 2021. Yes, all of her sisters have pinky sworn to have Gloria as their midwife; she has been the midwife for 3 of her sisters so far! She considers every birth an honor to be a part of and every moment of it sacred to partake in.
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.