Founder/Executive Director/Academic Director/Instructor

Kristin Staff PictureKristin Schuchmann, CPM, LM, a second-generation midwife, graduate of Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery, and a practicing home birth midwife in southwest Florida, is the founder of Heritage School of Midwifery and Natural Health Sciences.  Kristin is also fulfilling a dream to see maternity care and birth outcomes improve globally as the founder and executive director of Charis Childbirth, Inc., an international school that trains childbirth professionals.  Having benefitted from close relationships with respected, skilled midwives, including her own mother, Kristin finds great satisfaction in mentoring and passing along the knowledge, skill, and wisdom she has attained over the years.  When she is not “working”, Kristin enjoys sitting on the beach, hiking in the mountains, singing, gardening, and preparing “gourmet” healthy meals.  Kristin’s greatest passion and love are for her family and she is thoroughly enjoying grandmotherhood.

kristin.schuchmann@gmail.com

 

Founder/Financial Director

Todd Staff PictureTodd Schuchmann, the son of a chiropractor and great-great-grandson of a midwife, graduate of Thomas Edison State College with Bachelors of Applied Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology, and successful sales professional, is the wind beneath Kristin Schuchmann’s wings.  He has provided immeasurable support and behind-the-scenes help as the operations manager of Charis Childbirth, Inc. and LifeSong Midwifery, Inc.  His skill and experience in business and finances, coupled with his natural ability to encourage people and his passion for seeing people succeed, make him the perfect fit as the business director in an educational institution.  In his spare time, Todd enjoys doing kung fu and tai chi, reading, golfing, singing, playing guitar, and taking on whatever new projects his wife envisions.  Todd considers his greatest accomplishments to be in his family life as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Todd.Schuchmann@gmail.com

 

Administrative Director/Admissions Representative

Christy Staff PictureChristy Hicks earned her BA from the University of South Florida in 2012. She first became interested in midwifery when she was pregnant with her oldest daughter, Athena, in 2011. Since then, she has worked in an administrative capacity for LifeSong Midwifery and Charis Childbirth. She has been instrumental in the founding and administration of HSM.  In her free time, Christy enjoys reading, tai chi, and playing with her two adorable daughters.

MidwiferyHeritage@gmail.com

 

Clinical Director


priscilla-cramer-photoPriscilla Kramer, CPM, LM, MT
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has been a Florida Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife since 2012 after graduating from the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. Since 2014 Priscilla has been in independent practice providing midwifery care to families who are planning a home birth. She also has experience providing midwifery care in a birth center setting and as a doula in the hospital. Priscilla is a member of the Midwives Association of Florida and Southwest Florida Birth Network. She has some international experience attending births in Central America. She is fluent in Spanish and speaks some German.

In 2008 Priscilla graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. In 2009 she became a Licensed Massage Therapist after graduating from the Central Florida School of Massage Therapy.

Priscilla enjoys being active in nature, gardening, hiking, camping, singing and travel. She has been a seeker of holistic health since 2003 and has a passion for plant based nutrition. Priscilla lives with her husband and son (who she home birthed in 2016) on their family fruit farm in Southwest Florida.

clinicaldirector.hsm@gmail.com

 

Faculty

JJamie Grawboskiamie Grabowski CNM, ADN, received her ADN from Terra State College in 2009, and her MS in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University.  She went on a life-changing mission trip to Guatemala in 2015 that fueled her passion for improving maternity care around the world.  Jamie has a large, beautiful family, with whom she loves to spend time.

 

 

Heidi KatzHaddie Katz, LM, CPM, is a licensed midwife at Rosemary Birthing Home. Originally from the rolling hills of Indiana, she felt a spark ignite after attending and photographing the birth of her college professor. She graduated from Indiana University in 2009 with an undergraduate degree in Gender Studies and Human Sexuality. Wanting to extend feminist philosophy and advocacy into choices in childbirth, Haddie became a certified doula with DONA international. After two years serving home and hospital clients, she moved to Florida and began her studies at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. As a student, Haddie has trained with eight midwives in Sarasota and Indiana, in both birth center and home birth practices. Haddie comes to midwifery with the belief that the birth of a child is the making of a community, and as a midwife she hopes to facilitate the process. She believes that, given enough information and the freedom of choice, women will make good decisions. Haddie and her husband Kendrick have two fat, happy cats.

 

Harmony MillerHarmony Miller, LM, CPM, a graduate of Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, is a licensed midwife and owner of Rosemary Birthing Home in Sarasota since 2006. She sits on the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Board for the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County.  Harmony spends her off time with her two boys Rio and Cairo, both born at home in the water. She enjoys studying, practicing and receiving Craniosacral Therapy. She also has a passion for communication and is studying to become a life coach with the Satvatove Institute. She has great interest in natural remedies and studies homeopathy, herbals, and essential oils. She strives to feed her family a healthy mostly organic diet. “Birth is my passion. I truly love what I do. I feel honored to be invited to participate in the greatest miracle of childbirth. I enjoy watching families support one another. I love seeing a woman do more than she ever thought possible and be born as a mother."

 

 

Jessica WilloughbyJessica Willoughby, LM, CPM is a licensed midwife and the Clinical Director at Rosemary Birthing Home. She completed her DONA doula training in 2009 after graduating from USF with an Anthropology degree. As a doula, she saw a great need for birth options in her community and decided to pursue a career as a licensed midwife. She studied midwifery at The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, having completed over two years of midwifery training in out-of-hospital settings. In 2012, Jessica traveled to the Dominican Republic to assist women in a local hospital in Bani. She became licensed in 2014 and currently lives in St. Pete with her husband Matt and their dog, Tabitha.

 

Rebecca Moore, LA, MT, has been a practicing acupunture physician for six years, specializing in pain, stress management, anxiety, depression, and digestive issues.  She is fascinated by the contrast between eastern and western medicine and enjoys the challenge of bridging the differences, both in treatment and in patient education.  Her previous work as a massage therapist and her Bachelors in Psychology also inform her practice of Chinese Medicine.  Rebecca also teaches classes on the Human Body at State College of Florida and has six years experience teaching Anatomy and physiology as well as various other subjects at Sarasota School of Massage Therapy.  Her interest in how the body works has led her to participating in two seminars of cadaver dissection.  This experience has given her a greater understanding of the human body and its interconnectedness.

 

Jocelyn Possehl, RN, BS, IBCLC, is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University and has more than a decade of experience supporting families in maternal and child health in a variety of settings.  Beyond her passion for breast feeding education as a Registered Nurse, she is also a Natural Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Le Leche League Leader.  As a member of the local community she is proud to have recently led an initiative to open a Donor Milk Depot for the Port Charlotte Regional area.  Jocelyn is the proud mother of four breastfed boys.  In her "free time" she enjoys spending time with her husband and children at the beach, youth sports, and attending the many outdoor events this community has to offer year-round.