Midwives Educational Summit Speakers

December 10, 2021

Sabrina Elliott, LM, CPM

photo of Sabrina ElliottSabrina Elliott has been a Texas Licensed Midwife and a Certified Professional Midwife since 2019. Her work as a doula for the 8 years prior to her starting midwifery school pushed her to become a midwife. As a student, she worked in two busy birth center practices 3 hours from her home of Abilene, Texas. She has been an apprentice to multiple midwives, giving her the unique blessing of having worked in many different situations and practices as she had no preceptors in close proximity. Once she was licensed, she went back to Abilene and began to serve her community. Now as a homebirth midwife she serves Abilene, San Angelo, Sweetwater, and most of Central Texas. Sabrina was born in Lubbock, Texas. She is married with 6 children and is now a grandmother! Her passion is VBACs, education, helping women have a chance at a redemptive birth where they feel honored and heard.

Laurie Fremgen, LM, CPM

photo of Laurie FremgenLaurie Fremgen has been on the midwifery board (the Texas Midwifery Board and the Midwives Advisory Board) since 2006 and is currently the Presiding Officer of the Midwives Advisory Board. Laurie is a licensed midwife with a solo homebirth practice in Austin, TX. She has been attending births since 1996. Laurie is committed to preserving traditional midwifery and blending it with current best evidence-based practices.

 

Dr. Charleta Guillory, MD, MPH, FAAP

photo of Dr. Charleta GuilloryCharleta Guillory is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Neonatology at Baylor College of Medicine and Director of the Texas Children's Hospital Neonatal-Perinatal Public Health Program. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Louisiana State University Medical School, completed her pediatric residency at Louisiana State Medical Center and the University of Colorado. She received her post-doctoral fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and is board certified in both pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

She has championed landmark legislation on Newborn Screening and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which has placed Texas in the forefront of infant care. Dr. Guillory presently serves as Chair of the Texas Department of State Health Services, Newborn Screening Advisory Committee and as Co-Chair of the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mother and Babies (TCHMB)-Neonatology Section. In addition, she serves on the Texas Health and Human Services Perinatal Advisory Council designating levels of neonatal and maternal care.

Dr. Michael Nix, MD

photo of Dr. Michael NixDr. Michael Nix is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s Health for the Dell Medical School. He received his medical degree and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UT Southwestern and served as Medical Director of Perinatal Services at University Medical Center Brackenridge. Dr. Nix has a special interest in patient safety and is the Chair of the Seton Family of Hospitals Women’s Health and Perinatal Network Clinical Care Council and is a member of the national Perinatal Steering Committee for Ascension Health.

Anissa Sartini, LM, CPM

photo of Anissa SartiniAnissa Sartini is a Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife who has been attending births since 2009 and opened their own practice, Metroplex Midwifery, in 2017. They also have a bachelor's degree from Smith College. Anissa's special interests in midwifery are advocating for safe and compassionate care to underserved populations in the DFW Metroplex, as well as client education and reproductive choice. Metroplex Midwifery serves almost exclusively clients of color and LGBTQ parents. Anissa's practice warmly welcomes all races, faiths, ethnicities, classes, abilities, genders, and sexualities. They also focus on training new midwives, particularly POC and queer students. Anissa lives with their wife Taylor, their baby, two cats, and a small flock of chickens in DFW. Anissa and Taylor welcomed their firstborn child at home in May 2020.