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 care team at CCBC will consist of two staff midwives and their birth assistants. Your prenatal care visits will alternate between the two staff midwives on your team so you will have an opportunity to know both of them during your care.
There are two primary advantages to midwives sharing in your care. One advantage is the midwives’ ability to consult with each another if necessary. Another and even more important advantage is that two midwives sharing an on-call schedule and providing back-up for one another, means that when you are in labor and need your midwife the most, she is not likely to be mentally or physically exhausted after caring for other patients without a break.
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, the Corpus Christi Birth Center.
Beth is both Clinical Director and Administrator of Corpus Christi Birth Center and she is a qualified preceptor for student midwives. Beth works along side her staff midwives caring for the needs of each of our patients. Even when she is not on-call, Beth serves as a back-up midwife for her staff midwives.
Some Personal Information
Beth and her husband Larry were high school sweethearts and 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. Larry and Beth’s middle child is their son, Larry. He and his wife have 6 children. Their youngest daughter is Jessica. Jessica has 4 biological children, 6 adopted children and 2 foster children. Beth was Jessica’s midwife for her 4 home births. Jessica is also a licensed midwife and she was trained by Beth. Jessica lives in San Antonio and occasionally assists other midwives with home birth. The two birth suites at the birth center are named after Beth’s two 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, Larry, and playing with her beagle/spaniel dog named Bella. Beth is an artist and loves to paint with acrylics on canvas.
When time allows and if she isn’t on-call for births, Beth also loves to travel with Larry and Bella going camping in their little travel trailer.
- Association of Christian Birth Professionals – 2019 to present
- 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.
Kristine (Kris) Devens LM, CPM
Kris Devens will be joining our CCBC Team in May 2021!
Kris is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and is currently licensed to practice midwifery in Minnesota where she lives now. Kris has accepted a staff position at CCBC and will begin work with us in May. She has already applied for her Texas Midwifery License and waiting for final approval.
Kris has attended over 200 births and has 8 years experience serving families through the prenatal, birth and postpartum journey.
Like Beth, Kris also loves to train student midwives. She is a NARM certified preceptor and has agreed to become a preceptor for Mercy in Action Midwifery College, which is the college attended by our student, Katie Hon.
- Association of Christian Birth Professionals – 2021 to present
- Midwives Alliance of North America – 2017 to present
- Minnesota Council of Certified Professional Midwives – 2017 to present
Kris studied midwifery under a very talented Certified Nurse Midwife, named Ruth Wingeier in Minnesota. She completed her training and received her CPM through the North American Registry of Midwives. Kris has since completed her NARM Bridge Certificate, which is a Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) equivalency certification.
Previous Work Experience:
After Kris got licensed, she and her former preceptor, Ruth continued working together in Ruth’s very busy home birth practice until Ruth retired in 2019. When Ruth retired, she entrusted her entire busy practice over to Kris.
Kris will continue to work in Minnesota until she completes care for her remaining patients there. Kris will begin work at CCBC at the end of May 2021 when she comes down for a couple of weeks to get acquainted with everyone. She will then return to Minnesota until August when she and her family will move to Corpus Christi, After that, Kris will work at CCBC as a full time staff midwife.
- Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)
- NARM Bridge Certificate
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
- Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC)
Katy Smolik, RDH, BSDH, CBS
Birth Assistant and Breastfeeding Specialist
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
Linda is our newest student. She comes to us in her second year of schooling with Mercy in Action College of Midwifery. Linda is an experienced nurse and doula and has attended many births. Working with CCBC is her first experience with out-of-hospital deliveries and she is looking forward to leaning more about birth center and home birth while training with us. This is Linda’s first time in Texas. She is from Connecticut. She has agreed to a short term apprenticeship with CCBC through September of 2021. After that, we will see where the Lord leads.
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 a Certified Insurance Biller.
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″