Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Ashley Schaffer is a graduate of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. Her specialties include out-of-hospital birth and health promotion which she earned a Bachelors of Science from the College of Charleston during her undergraduate studies. Ashley is a faculty member for the American Association of Birth Centers Birth Assistant training program. She is also a supporting partner for a midwifery outreach in the Haut-Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ashley considers it a privilege to come alongside families during their pregnancies and births and has helped hundreds of families achieve their goal of natural birth. When she isn't at the birth center, Ashley loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys sharing healthy meals and being active outside especially playing tennis!
Cindy Trainer Williams received degrees from Appalachian State University and Emory University before returning to her hometown Jacksonville in 2001. At that time, she began her work with the department of OB/GYN at UF Health while completing her education and training at the University of Florida. During her career as a midwife, Cindy has attended births and supported families in hospitals, birth centers, and homes. When not working, she loves spending time with her husband Jeff, their five children, and their large extended family.
Christa Zielinski is a native of New York and holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Rhode Island in Nursing, and a Masters of Art from New York University in Nurse-Midwifery. She was born to be a midwife, stating at the earliest age “I want to deliver babies”. With over 25 years of experience in women’s health she truly believes in a holistic approach to care and giving each family the best she has to offer. She takes a nutritional approach to healing, having experience herself with food sensitivities and inflammatory conditions. Her experience ranges from large tertiary teaching facilities to out of hospital birthing centers, which is her favorite setting. She moved with her husband and two daughters to Florida in 2010 and later helped begin a health program in Northern Haiti, providing education and care for the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. In her time outside birth, she enjoys working on puzzles and working on creative projects.