Meet the Backup Midwives
Teri M. Mitchell, DNP, RN, CNM, IBCLC
Teri earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree in midwifery from Baylor University in 2014, prior to becoming certified as a nurse midwife by the American Midwifery Certification Board.
She became certified in lactation in 2011 by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, the gold standard in professional lactation care.
Home birth is her absolute favorite way to attend to laboring and birthing families. Teri has a strong desire to bring skilled, safe, competent midwifery care to those who desire a home birth in Frisco, TX and surrounding areas.
Teri’s passion does not end with the baby’s birth. Teri is a highly skilled lactation consultant, with well over 5,000 hours of experience helping women breast feed their babies. She specializes in complex cases, including oral restriction (such as tongue & lip ties), breastfeeding after reduction, insufficient glandular tissue, low milk supply and difficult latching (including flat or inverted nipples).
Traci Santangelo, RN, MS, CNM
Originally from Fort Worth, Traci received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Womans’ University and started her career working in a local Labor & Delivery Unit. Then she married a Yankee (don’t hold it against her) and she moved to Detroit, Michigan, then to Miami, Florida and then to Chicago, Illinois - all for this exciting career.
It was at the University of Illinois at Chicago that she received a Masters in Nursing with a Midwifery designation and a deep desire to move back to the Lone Star State.
She was tired of being cold! During that time away, she had two children (that have her heart completely), worked in some incredible hospitals as a Labor Nurse and really developed a desire to serve women.
“Birth has always been my passion. I love every part of it! From the first positive pregnancy test, to watching a mother hear her baby’s heartbeat for the first time, to hearing that same baby cry at birth, it is all very exciting to me. I am in constant awe of how perfect we are made to carry and birth a baby.” Traci, like Jeannine, truly believes in the sacredness of pregnancy and birth. Women should be supported and respected as well as safe and secure. When women are supported they can create the birth experience that will be most meaningful to them.
Becky Burpo DNP, RN , CNM
I am a midwifery birther—not a grand multiparous woman or a political conspiracist type of birther. Rather, my identity expands from naturally birthing my own sons, to caring for birthing women, to birthing new care models, new midwives, and new Texas midwifery programs and practices. Bringing something new into being is who I am. As a midwife, my experience has led thousands of women to honor me with the title “My Midwife”. But, my work did not start that way. Initially, I supported thousands of birthing women as a labor and delivery nurse. Then, attending thousands of births as a Parkland midwife, I developed a sense of awe, humility, and confidence –the result of attending everything from peaceful, spiritual births to those that were the epitome of traumatic complications, requiring quick decisions and actions. Differentiating “normal”, “variations of normal”, and “abnormal” became second nature. This was my midwifery beginning.
The life-changing move from hospital to birth center and home birth practice opened my eyes to an extraordinary world. Initially, I began attending homebirths, progressing to co-purchasing Family Centered Maternity Care Birth Center. These experiences forced me to re-think childbirth. Soon thereafter, founding Allen Birthing Center, became my most significant professional “birth”. Introducing Collin County women to a new model of care and participating in the development of a vast childbirth community will forever occupy a large portion of my heart.
As physical demands presented health challenges, I took a personal “sabbatical”, providing consultation services to new midwives and birth centers. Eventually, I narrowed the focus to new midwives. Now, I direct the Nurse-Midwifery Graduate Program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC)—mothering a statewide program to prepare Texas nurse-midwives. Yet, the pull of being “with woman” remains.
My bio would be incomplete without acknowledging that competency is dependent on a robust educational foundation. I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, post-master’s midwifery certificate from the Parkland School of Nurse-Midwifery/UT Southwestern Medical Center, and doctoral degree from Yale University. In addition to TTUHSC, I’ve served as clinical faculty at UT Southwestern Medical School, Parkland School of Nurse-Midwifery, Texas Woman’s University, and Baylor University. As a midwifery birther, I am delighted to be part of Jeannine’s group, bringing Plano Birthplace into being. Decades of work with birthing families have led me here. It is a privilege to be working alongside someone whom I’ve known and admired as a woman, a birthing mom, and a midwifery professional. Thank you, Jeannine