Birth Center Staff
Toni Kimpel, CPM, LM
I am the owner, Director and Senior Midwife at Jubilee Birth Center.
I earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Mobile, where I achieved a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Business Administration, with a minor in Biology. My mathematics degree is actually used in midwifery in figuring angles and vectors for getting babies to come out, my business administration has been helpful in running a business, and of course biology is involved in the science of midwifery.
I have been a midwife since 1985 and an ICEA childbirth instructor since 1988. I completed the certification process to become a Certified Professional Midwife in 1996. I currently hold a Texas Department of Health Services Midwifery License. In my spare time I have been married to Monte for 35 years and we have raised ten children. Actually we are still working on finishing the raising of the last two.
Currently, we have been blessed to have twenty-two grandchildren. Seven of my biological children were born at home and I have been blessed to deliver five of my grandchildren and my first great-grandchild.
Cheryl Amelang, BBCI,CLE
I have been passionate about natural birth, education, and support since the birth of my first baby in 2004. Over the few years that followed I attended the births of several family members and friends, serving as their doula. I also went on to have five more babies myself! I finally decided it was time to turn my passion into my career. I began teaching Birth Boot Camp classes and assisting at home and birth center births with Toni in the spring of 2012. I also certified as a Lactation Educator with CAPPA and teach breastfeeding classes.
My husband, John, and I have been married for 15 years, we have four boys and two girls who were all born at home with wonderful midwives and a doula. In addition to teaching and assisting, you can find me homeschooling my children, drinking coffee, playing board games, and folding laundry. Life is pretty sweet (except the laundry part)!
Shalynn Fifield, CPM, LM
I and two of my siblings were delivered at the Austin Area Birth Center by Jean Stokes. My mother’s experience and care she received from her midwife greatly influenced my mindset toward birth and my interest in midwifery. Following my graduation from high school, I felt lead to pursue an education and career in midwifery, enrolling in the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program in July of 2012. Having completed the academic and clinical requirements in the Fall of 2016, I passed the NARM exam in January 2017 to become a certified professional midwife. During my training, I experienced both birth center and home birth in the surrounding areas of San Antonio and New Braunfels, and had the privilege of attending over 80 births.
I am an aunt to three nephews, one of which I had the great honor of attending, as a student midwife, his homebirth in March 2015. I have a passion for families and natural preventative care. I hope to one day use my training and experience in midwifery to serve my God and childbearing women through medical missions. When I’m not attending prenatals or births, I enjoy attending church, being outdoors, drinking coffee, and fellowshipping with dear friends and family.
Riley Dawson Natural Childbirth has been my passion since before we conceived our first child. I took the Birth Boot Camp classes on the recommendation of our midwife. It really prepared my husband and I for the natural birth of our daughter and for our son's homebirth. I am a midwife assistant at Jubilee Birth Center and I also teach Birth Boot Camp classes.
My husband, Chad, and I have been married since 2010. We have a daughter and a son. When I'm not teaching or attending births, I'm usually at the Jubilee Mom's group or sewing clothes for my kids. I enjoy living in the country, cloth diapering, and babywearing.
I have been passionate about health and wellness from a young age, and becoming a midwife has been my greatest ambition since the age of seventeen. I am in my second year of the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program, and I have been training with Toni since August of 2016. Working with families and attending births brings joy to my life, and I’m so thankful for this educational journey.
When I’m not at the birth center, I enjoy long hikes, preparing delicious food, and spending time with my five little siblings.