We are Team CCBC

One of the unique features of the Corpus Christi Birth Center is the fact that the midwives and birth assistants always work together as a team. When you choose CCBC for your care, you are not getting just one individual, you get a whole team who will participate together in your prenatal care, attend your birth and follow you through postpartum and newborn care as a team.

Your birth team at CCBC consists of the midwives plus one or two additional birth assistants.  Your prenatal care visits will alternate between the staff midwives so you will have an opportunity to get to know everyone.

Katie Hon, is a student midwife acting as a birth assistant who may on occasion attend your prenatal visits observing and/or participating according to her experience level.

Katy Smolik is our lactation specialist.  Beginning in 2021, all new patients will receive two consults with Katy as a part of their care with the Birth Center team.  Additional lactation services are also available as needed.  Katy is also one of our trained birth assistants and helps assist the midwives at births occasionally.

We must not forget the non-birth-team member of our team, Dona Garcia. Dona is a certified insurance coder and our office manager. When it comes to dealing with insurance, you will be so glad Dona is on the team fighting to keep the cost of care down for you. She is absolutely in your corner when it comes to figuring out the finances!

By the end of your pregnancy, you should know each of us very well and we will also know you  and become familiar with your specific needs and  birth plans/preferences.

We believe by providing multiple midwives for each patient, we provide are able to provide exceptional care.  The midwives consult with each other regarding patient needs between visits. Having more than one midwife share an on-call schedule means that when a patient needs them the most, the midwife that is on-call will be rested and at her best both mentally and physically to care for both the mother and baby and the other midwives will be able to keep appointments going during births.

Even though we share an on-call schedule, you may have more than one midwife attend your birth. You can rest assured that a licensed midwife will be with you for your entire labor and that she will ask at least one other experienced birth assistant to join her before you deliver.

Please ask us if you have any questions about the details of how team care works. We would love to visit with you. Please call for more details and to  schedule a free consult before making your first appointment.

Meet the Team:

Elizabeth (Beth) Overton, LM, CPM

Senior Midwife, Clinical Director, Founder and Owner of CCBC

Beth has been a Texas Licensed Midwife (LM) since 1998 and has attended over 400 deliveries. She is a direct entry midwife and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives. Her specialty is out-of-hospital delivery including home and birth center. In May of 2012, Beth opened Corpus Christi’s first free-standing, state licensed birth facility.

Beth is the Clinical Director of Corpus Christi Birth Center and also a preceptor for student midwives. She works along side her staff midwives caring for the needs of each of our patients.

Some Personal Information

Beth and her husband Larry have been happily married for more than 47 years. They have three grown children, two girls and one boy. These children have given them twenty-one grandchildren! Beth was midwife to both her girls and delivered six of their biological children. Their oldest daughter is Katherine Alice (or Kassy) and she has three children, all three born at home with Beth attending the first born as a student and as primary midwife for the other two. Larry and Beth’s middle child is their son, Larry. He and his wife have 6 children. Their youngest daughter is Jessica who has 4 biological children, 6 adopted children and 2 foster children. Beth was Jessica’s midwife for her 4 home births and also one of Jessica’s preceptor because Jessica is also a licensed midwife. She lives in San Antonio and occasionally assists other midwives in home birth. Two of the birth rooms at the birth center are named after Beth’s daughters.

Beth has loved pregnancy and childbirth for as long as she can remember. She always dreamed of “catching babies,” even as a child, although she did not realize her dream until she was in her 40’s, after her children were nearly grown. Before midwifery, Beth taught natural childbirth to anyone willing to listen. She has always been an advocate for everything natural, whether it be birth, breastfeeding or the food we eat. She also loves spending time with her husband, playing with her beagle/spaniel dog named Bella, raising chickens and doing anything artsy from painting to sewing to crafts.

When time allows and only if she isn’t on-call for births, Beth loves to travel with her husband and pet beagle going camping in their little travel trailer.

Midwifery Affiliations
  • Association of Texas Midwives – member, 1997 to 2019
  • Texas Birth Center Coalition, Member 2014 to present
  • Association of Texas Midwives’ Midwifery Training Program – Preceptor and teacher of Students, 1998 to 2019
  • Association of Texas Midwives– Regional Director/Board Member, 2012 to 2014
  • Association of Texas Midwives – President of Board of Directors, May 2002 to September 2005
  • Association of Texas Midwives – Regional Director/Board Member, May 2000 – May 2002
  • Texas Midwifery Board Rules Revision Committee – Member, 2012
  • Texas Midwifery Board Complaint Review Committee – Member, 2002 to 2005
  • Texas Midwifery Board Rules Revision Committee – Member, 2002
Education and Certification
  • Midwives College of Utah – Approved Preceptor for Student Midwives – since 2018
  • Association of Texas Midwives – Approved Preceptor & Midwifery Teacher – 1999 – 2019
  • The North American Registry of Midwives – Currently approved Preceptor for student midwives enrolled in the P.E.P process and other NARM approved programs.
  • Mercy in Action College of Midwifery – Currently approved preceptor for this M.E.A.C. approved school.
  • Over 10 Continuing Education Units earned yearly.
  • 16 Midwifery Conferences attended between 1999 – 2018.
  • Texas Licensed Midwife (License #98020) – 1998 to present
  • Midwives Alliance of North America – Certified Professional Midwife (Certificate # 03120019) – 2003 to present
  • Texas Department of Health – Newborn Screening Certification – 1998 to present
  • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider: CPR/AED – 1996 to present
  • American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) Program – Certified 1998 to present
  • Fundamentals of Midwifery Training Program – completed in 1998
Achievements for the Cause of Midwifery

Beth trained midwifery students as a preceptor and at workshops. As of August 2018, eight students, under her supervision have completed their training and become Certified Professional Midwives.  Currently CCBC has one active student who is enrolled in Mercy in Action College of Midwifery.

Beth helped lead Texas Midwives during her term as President of the Association of Texas Midwives to become recognized as “licensed midwives” in the State of Texas. Prior to that, direct entry midwives had less required education and were called “Documented Midwives.” It was a 3-year process from 2002 – 2005. She represented Texas Midwives before the House of Representatives in Texas and worked closely with the Sunset Review Board during this critical time for midwives in Texas.

Beth has had speaking opportunities to teach other health care professionals about childbirth, including giving presentations to paramedics and medical doctors in residency at one of our local hospitals.

Adlai Welfel, LM, CPM, CPT

Staff Midwife

Adlai Welfel is the newest member of our staff midwife team. Adlai graduated from The Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program in October 2019 and became a licensed midwife in December 2019. Adlai is gifted and knowledgeable in working with the CCBC moms and makes a great addition to the CCBC Midwives! We are so excited that she chose to stay on at CCBC as a licensed midwife after she finished her apprenticeship with CCBC.

Some Personal Information

Adlai, even though born into a large family of 8, she was unaware of the midwifery world until her older sister decided to have a homebirth with her first pregnancy. Adlai was unsure about homebirth and was just excited about becoming an aunt for the first time. The true excitement and passion to become a midwife came 3 years later when on a mission trip to Southeast Asia, Adlai was able to visit a midwifery clinic and witness the level of care, compassion and skills a midwife may hold. Adlai fell in love with the model of care that midwives offer and so began her next 3-year journey to become a licensed midwife.

Midwifery Affiliations
  • Member of the Association of Texas Midwives 2016- present.
Education and Certification
  • Texas Licensed Midwife – December 2019.
  • Midwives Alliance of North America – February 2020.
  • Texas Midwifery School Graduate class of 2019.
  • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider: CPR/AED/BLS – 2016 to present.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) Program – Certified 2017- present.
  • Phlebotomy Certified (CPT) – 2017 to present.
  • Texas Department of Health – Newborn Screening Certification – 2019 to present.
  • Over 10 Continuing Education Units earned yearly.
  • Advanced Breech training through Breech without Borders, 2019.

Jaylynn Reid, RN

Lab Tech and Birth Assistant

Jaylynn ReidJaylynn is originally from west Texas and moved to Corpus Christi to attend TAMUCC. She fell in love with the ocean and the people she met here and planted roots. She and her husband have been together since high school and recently got married in 2020. She has always been amazed with a the miracle of pregnancy and fascinated with birth so she decided to pursue a career in nursing. After nursing school she worked as a Med Surg nurse for over 2 years and recently began working as a labor and delivery nurse. Midwifery and it’s values and clinical practice have been a gold standard for her, and thus she found her way to CCBC. Currently she is our lab technician and one of our on-call birth assistants, but will soon be starting school to become a midwife herself.

Bachelors in Nursing from TAMUCC, graduated may 2018
Registered nurse- 2018-present
NRP- 2020
ACLS/BLS- 2018-present

Katy Smolik, RDH, BSDH, CBS

Birth Assistant and Breastfeeding Specialist

Katy Smolik

A native of the Coastal Bend, Katy holds a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Texas Woman’s University and is a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist. Having personally experienced both in-hospital and birthing center deliveries, she is acutely aware of the limited at-home resources for breastfeeding support, especially when a mother chooses not to birth in a hospital. Katy provides in-home and in-office prenatal and postpartum breastfeeding support and consultations. She also teaches classes about breastfeeding and how to use essential oils for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.

Katy has a profound desire to share her personal and professional experiences to help parents achieve their breastfeeding goals.

Some Personal Information:

Katy has been married to her high school sweetheart, Mitch, since 2005. They have 3 wonderful boys: Hayden, Corbin, and Eli. Katy enjoys spending time outside in her garden, watching her chickens, riding horses, and crocheting in her free time.

Education and Certifications:

  • Coastal Bend College Dental Hygiene graduate – 2005
  • Texas Woman’s College Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene graduate – 2015
  • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider: CPR/AED/BLS – 2003-present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) Program – 2020-present
  • Certified Breastfeeding Specialist – 2020-present

Katie Hon

Student Midwife

Katie Hon is our Student Midwife. Currently enrolled in Mercy In Action College of Midwifery, Katie will begin her academic studies in August 2020 to achieve her Bachelors in Midwifery. Katie began her clinical training with CCBC in June 2019. You will see Katie participating in your prenatal appointments, birth and postpartum care as well as leading additional classes in which Katie has experience and knowledge.

Katie is proving herself to be an exemplary student and is a natural with our mamas and babies!

Some Personal Information 

Katie has been married to her husband, Bobby for 10 years and mamma to her sweet baby born in 2018. After having her own baby last year, Katie has decided to make a life switch from High-school Band director to Midwife Student! We are so excited to have Katie join our team as she has prayerfully made this decision and we can clearly see that she was made to fill this role!

Education and Certification
  •  Mercy in Action College of Midwifery: August 2020 – present
  • Texas School of Phlebotomy Certification of Completion, 2019-present.
  • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider: CPR/AED/BLS – 2019 to present.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) Program – Certified 2019 -present.

Dona Garcia, RMC Certified Coder

CCBC Business Office Manager 

Dona joined our team in September of 2016 and comes to us with 17 years experience in the medical field as an insurance Biller. Dona is Certified Insurance Biller.

Some Personal Information

Dona has a passion for patient/client relations and really loves dealing with the insurance companies on the patient’s behalf.

Dona has been married for 33 years, has three “children” ages 38, 32, and 28 and four grandchildren.  Family, baking and serving her community are the passions that keep her constantly on the go. The perfect day is spent with family and friends, cooking and baking and just spending time together.

She and her family are involved in Christian Warriors Retreat, Veterans Serving Veterans is closest to her heart, as her husband, both sons and many family members have served in our Armed Forces.  She has been to 14 countries and 43 states, and is a Native New Yorker. Dona is also an active member at South Shore Christian Church.  She signs music as part of her ministry due to a hearing loss.  Her dream is to create a “deaf choir” for those that cannot hear so they can see God through Music.

Dona’s favorite saying is “I am a survivor because: I can do all things through him who gives me strength Philippians 4:13″

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