Wichita Falls Birth & Wellness Center is a program of care designed to give a woman confidence in her ability to give birth purely. It balances the art, science, and spirit of childbearing. The center’s program focuses on education and information for all members of the childbearing family. Most of all, Wichita Falls Birth & Wellness Center’s program gives you the time you deserve. Professionals give their time to listen and to answer your questions about birth, baby care, nutrition, and women’s health.
They give their time to stay with you through your active labor and birth. Then, the professionals give their time to help new mothers, babies, and families get off to the best possible start. Such services as the birth center staff making home visits and the midwives answering the many phone questions that new parents have, demonstrate our commitment to this program of care.
Certified Nurse Midwife
Certified Nurse Midwife
Dr. Cari Guidry
Owner | Chiropractor
Certified Nurse Midwife
Lenora is the mother of 2 grown children and one grandson. She practiced as a nurse for 23-years before becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife in 2000. Her maternal grandmother was a midwife in the Texas panhandle in the early 1900’s. Lenora has a deep respect for birth and for women. She has attended approximately 2000 births and considers it a calling to serve women and their families. “I feel blessed to be a part of the Wichita Falls Birth and Wellness Center, and it is my hope and prayer that women will be empowered by their experiences here.”
- Board certification from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) since 2000.
- Post-Graduate education & certification in nurse-midwifery.
- Experience with birth, center birth, and hospital birth.
- Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider.
- Current Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Provider.
- Current Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Instructor.
Certified Nurse Midwife
Lindsey is a licensed Certified Nurse Midwife with 17 years of experience in Labor and Delivery, newborn care, and women’s health. She became a midwife to provide a safe space for women to have a voice.
“There is nothing like witnessing the power of a new mom, the tears of a new dad, and the first cry of a new baby on its birthday! I fell in love with out of hospital birth because I saw that the birth of a baby (the birth of a family, really) is more than just a medical experience. At WFB&WC, we believe that women are the experts of their own bodies and that every woman deserves to have the birth experience she desires. I feel so honored to have joined this team.”
When Lindsey is not busy catching babies, you can find her immersed in a good book or soaking up the sun with her husband and three daughters.
- 12 years RN experience in L&D, women’s health, and newborn care.
- 8 years International board certified lactation consultant.
- Certified Nurse Midwife.
Dr. Cari Guidry
Owner | Chiropractor
Cari has been a chiropractor since 2002. She currently co-owns TMAC (Texas Medical Allergy Clinic) where a big part of her practice includes specialized care in prenatal and pediatric care. She is a Webster certified chiropractor. She is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, the American Association of Birth Centers and Impact 100. She currently serves as a board member for the Archer County Child Welfare Board and is a sustainer of the Junior League of Wichita Falls.
Cari and her husband Joe have three children – Liam, Ellie and Gage. Her first two births were unmedicated in a hospital setting. Cari wanted to utilize a birth center but that was not an option in this area at that time. After years of research, planning and work she is excited to bring this service to other families in the area. It was a touching moment when she was able to give birth to her third baby at the birth center.
Office Administrative Assistant
Stevi has been working as an insurance biller for 6 years, after receiving her associates degree from Vernon College in Health Information Technology. She enjoys using nutrition, exercise, and essential oils to maintain wellness in her family. When her and her husband Jordan were expecting their first baby, they knew the Wichita Falls Birth and Wellness Center was the perfect place for her to have a natural birth that fit their beliefs and lifestyle. The experience was amazing and everything they could have hoped for in a birth, so when she was offered an opportunity to work there, she knew the Birth Center was the place she should be.
“I’m happy to be a part of something that ties in my degree with my holistic beliefs and also allows me to be a blessing to others just like they all were to me when I was pregnant. It’s truly a wonderful place.”
When she’s not at the Birth Center, you can find her outside with her son Creed, playing with their dogs and donkey at their country home, helping her husband renovate their rent houses, or gardening and living a simple, quiet life.
Dr. Guidry’s Birth Center Experience
When I opened the birth center in 2017, I never would have dreamed that 2 short years later I would become a client as well! What a joy it was to be able to experience my third natural birth (first water birth) at my own birth center surrounded by family and friends.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you provide services for women who are not pregnant?
What services do you provide for pregnant women?
- Complete prenatal care for low risk women. This means confirming pregnancy, all of your prenatal visits, the birth, a home visit for you and baby and your care for six weeks after the birth.
- Problem visits” such as a visit for a UTI, yeast infection, or other common issue can be taken care of by Lenora since she’s an Advanced Practice Nurse.
- Classes to prepare all families for birth, no matter where they plan to have their baby or if they plan to use pain medication or not.
Do you do ultrasounds and lab work at the birth center?
We can do blood work at the birth center since we are in partnership with Quest. Ultrasounds are ordered by our midwife and often done at Clinics of North Texas or other locations based on your insurance coverage.
What if I need specialized care or if something goes wrong in pregnancy?
Midwives are trained to take care of low risk women and therefore they watch closely for signs that you are no longer low risk. Sometimes an issue just needs another set of eyes and your midwife can send you to a specialist for an opinion. If the situation resolves, you can stay in her care. If not, she’ll help you find a good fit with an appropriate provider.
What if something goes wrong in labor?
What steps do you take to provide the safest environment possible for birth?
Do you do VBACs?
Do you allow as many people as I want in the room?
Do you allow photography?
May I opt out of
Do you accept insurance?
I heard Lenora can diagnose tongue ties, is this true?
How long do we stay after the baby is born?
Most families giving birth in the birth center desire to be home soon after birth. We monitor mom and baby for at least four hours and send families home when all are stable, usually after a luxurious herbal bath. The midwife comes to the home for a 24-48 hour home visit and is a phone call away if you have any concerns.
Is chiropractic care available at the birth center?
Do you offer any classes?
We have many classes we offer at Birth Center University for pregnant and nonpregnant women as well as family members.
What qualifies as low risk?
There is no exact list, we look at the big picture for each woman. A free consultation with our midwife is the best way to know your status. Our risk assessment tool helps us to clearly evaluate your case. Some risk factors, such as diabetes that has to be controlled with medication, are always best taken care of under an OB’s supervision. Other more minor risk factors are tallied up and those with an acceptable score are still considered low risk. Even if your score is in the moderate range, if the issues are correctable with lifestyle changes or the help of a specialist could help you stay low risk, you may still qualify to birth at the birth center.
How often do I come in for visits?
Can you do all the testing an OBs office can do?
Yes! We have the same access to screenings and tests. We believe in informed consent and will help you navigate which testing is best for your situation.
What if something goes wrong with the baby?
Do you do water birth?
Do you have nitrous oxide?
Do you allow children in the birth suite?
Do you allow doulas?
Yes! We love doulas and can give you some good referrals! Please note that care with us does not automatically include a doula, though our birth assistants give labor support as much as they can (keep in mind they have other duties and may not be called in until you’re well into active labor). Doulas can offer more support during pregnancy, birth and postpartum so we highly encourage families to hire one. See the Doula Alliance page for more information.
How much does it cost?
Do you do home birth?
How is your care different?
What about well woman care?
Nurse midwives treat women throughout the lifespan. We’d love to give you personalized, one on one care for annual exams, Pap smears, STD/STI testing, birth control, problem visits such as yeast infections, UTI’s etc.
What Our Patients Are Saying
My prenatal care and birth at Wichita Falls Birth and Wellness Center was beyond what I could have imagined. Every time I walked in the door, I was greeted as a friend and never rushed. My birth was everything I wanted. Lenora, Molly, and Tonya were with me every minute and encouraged me through every contraction. Lenora knew what my body needed to birth my 9lb baby. She was just amazing in how she handled everything. Thanks to their wonderful care, baby and I were ready to head home just 7 hours after birth. I will definitely be continuing my well woman care at WFB&WC and any future pregnancies will be under their care as well.
We are so thankful that we were able to deliver at the Wichita Falls Birth and Wellness center. It was my first birth and everything was absolutely perfect. The midwife and staff made me feel so comfortable and relaxed. I recommend this place to all my pregnant friends in the area.
“Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life."
- Ina May Gaskin
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