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MARSHA GROSS APRN, CNM, MSN

Certified Nurse Midwife

Marsha has over twelve years of experience in obstetrical care. During her bachelor's program at Texas Tech University, Marsha saw the effects of patient empowerment through education and support while leading prenatal classes for teenage mothers. Upon graduation with her Bachelors in Nursing, she continued to care for women and their families as a registered nurse on labor & delivery, nursery, and postpartum units in Texas and Oklahoma.  Marsha first saw midwives in action after a move to DFW brought her to work with a midwife group. These women impacted birth experiences in a way that spoke to Marsha's long held desire for patient empowerment - and she knew that her road was midwifery! Her midwifery training was completed at Frontier Nursing University where she obtained a Masters of Nursing degree. Marsha worked alongside obstetricians as a midwife for several years before opening Flourish. She enjoyed two births under the care of midwives - one at a birth center and one home birth. Marsha also loves spending time outdoors with her family, cooking, and hosting gatherings.

"My desire has always been to provide care and partnership with women through education and empowerment while serving the whole family. I am so honored to see this come to fruition at Flourish."

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LIZA

Birth Assistant & Student Midwife

After having her 5th baby at Flourish, Liza felt so called to serve women and families in the midwifery model of care that she decided to become a student midwife. Liza holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and is also a licensed foster parent. She and her family have fostered children ages 0-18 throughout the last five years. She is passionate about giving other mothers the same high-quality and empowering support she received during her time at Flourish as a patient. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve and empower clients as they grow their families. Liza has five children; three biological and two that have joined her family through foster care and adoption. In her spare time, Liza enjoys spending time with her children, reading, and kickboxing.  

“Flourish's compassionate commitment to educating and empowering families makes it an exceptional place to receive care. It is a true honor to serve mothers alongside such a wonderful team!” 

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ABBIE FISHER APRN, CNM, MSN

Abbie comes to Flourish with over 10 years of birth experience, primarily in the out-of-hospital setting. She has always been passionate about advocating for women and families. Abbie holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech. She previously practiced as a Certified Professional Midwife before deciding to go back to school to pursue a nurse-midwifery graduate program. She felt going back to school would allow her the ability to give more comprehensive and individualized care. Abbie believes in a woman’s innate ability to give birth and that birth can be healing and empowering. Her philosophy is that the best birth is an educated and informed birth and that every person has the right to birth the way they choose. Abbie was previously an attorney with a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Philosophy from Texas A&M. Abbie has 3 children, who were all born at home with midwives. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family, their two goldendoodles and kitten. 

 

“Flourish is the ideal fusion of evidence-based practice and holistic care. I am passionate about serving women and helping them to have empowering experiences through midwifery care.”

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RACHEL

Birth Assistant

Rachel is originally from a tiny town just southeast of Houston, Texas, but she has been able to call Denton County her home for the past 15 years. Rachel attended UNT in 2007 and obtained her BS in Gerontology. She then spent 12 years working in the senior care industry. After having her daughter at a birthing center, Rachel new a career change was in her future. This experience is what gave her the desire to become a birth assistant. Additionally, this experience prompted Rachel to pursue a career in nursing and is currently working towards her prerequisites for nursing school. In her spare time, Rachel can be found baking, reading, going to live shows, traveling, and camping. She spends most of her time with her husband, daughter, and their pet dog and cat. 

 

"After my experience at a birthing center and becoming a mom, I knew my calling was to help new moms bring babies into this world."

Kathleen has twenty-seven years of experience as a labor and delivery nurse, and has worked alongside some of the finest midwives in DFW.  She brings a wealth of knowledge to the table, with experience in birth across settings - hospital, home birth, and birth centers. Her passion for birth is fueled by the joy she feels in the delivery room when women navigate their own path of bringing a child into the world. As a nurse at Flourish, Kathleen's focus is to honor, respect, and empower each mother and her family during birth, drawing on both professional knowledge and compassion. She is nationally certified in obstetric nursing and is a member of the Association of Women's Health Obstetrics & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Kathleen has served as a fetal monitor instructor with AWHONN, equipping colleagues around the country to better care for mothers and babies. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, needle crafting, and quilting.

"Flourish has a perfect and unique blend of clinical knowledge and authentic, compassionate care. I consider it a huge honor to be a part of the Flourish team." 

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Taylor is a homeschool mother of 3, all born in the out-of-hospital setting. Taylor has taught birth classes and worked as a doula for seven years. Her interest in teaching birth classes and working as a doula started after a very long, but well supported birth with her first baby. She later began her journey to becoming a birth assistant and has been doing so for three years now. Taylor and her husband of eleven years are happy to be homesteaders raising goats, rabbits, and chickens! Taylor enjoys spending time doing home renovation projects, canning, sewing, reading, and camping. 

"Supporting parents as they begin or grow their family is one of the greatest joys of my life. I am so thankful to work with a team that provides the highest level of medical care combined with the experience, compassion and knowledge of midwives."

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KELLEY RNC-OB

Birth Assistant

DAWN RN, IBCLC

Instructor & Birth Assistant

Kelley comes to Flourish with over 30 years of experience in caring for mothers and babies. Working in surgical, medical, nursery, maternal newborn, and labor and delivery, she has learned and observed much - creating a wide knowledge base while growing an incredibly compassionate and caring heart. Kelley is committed to providing the best birth experience to mothers, babies, and families. When not at Flourish, you can find Kelley quilting, reading, or caring for her chicken farm!

"Nursing from the heart is essential to caring for the mother, newborn, and family. I'm thrilled to bring my experience and passion to the Flourish team!"

Dawn comes to the Flourish team with 15 years of obstetric nursing experience. Working in the NICU, labor and delivery, and nursery, she has gained a wealth of knowledge. She also has experience in postpartum care, breastfeeding education, and as a birth assistant in the out of hospital setting. Her skills and experience truly help her to provide excellent care to new families and their needs. Dawn has two children of her own. She is also an avid animal lover, caring for her own horses, donkeys, dogs, and cats. 

 

"As a registered nurse, breastfeeding educator, wife, and mother, I am committed to helping families receive quality care and education at Flourish."

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TAYLOR

Instructor & Birth Assistant

MALLORY HARRIS

Community Director, Instructor, & Birth Assistant

Mallory is a mother of four and has a strong passion for encouraging and empowering women, especially in the area of childbirth and motherhood. Mallory desires to create a community for Flourish moms, planning and executing events to further support the journey of pregnancy and motherhood. You'll see her at Flourish Cafe, read her words of encouragement through our social media accounts, and experience her passion for Flourish moms - at the birth center and out in the community. She truly believes in the mission of Flourish and has her certifications & training to be a birth assistant as well. Her desire to care for women in the out of hospital setting really grew after having her son at Flourish. Mallory holds a Masters degree in psychology, and in her spare time enjoys reading, interior decorating, and spending time with her family.

 

"I feel truly blessed to be able to spend time helping women connect to the Flourish family. Flourish Birth and Wellness Center has greatly impacted my life and I want nothing more than to share it with all other moms." 

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KATHLEEN WISE RNC-OB

Office Administrator & Birth Assistant

Certified Nurse Midwife

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