Meet the Staff of The Journey Birth Services

The Midwives

Amber Berry, CPM, LM, Owner

Amber is a certified professional midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives and licensed midwife in the state of Texas. With an education as a midwife and background as a doula and childbirth educator, as well as home birthing mom of 6 herself, she brings a wealth of childbirth knowledge to the table.  Amber has 6 children, all of which were natural home births.  Each was a very different yet equally sacred experience—one was even born in a third world country with a missionary midwife.  The tender support given to her during each birth ignited a desire to serve women through their journey of childbirth as a midwife.  She believes in women’s bodies and their ability to give birth the way it was designed.  She also believes in a woman’s right to choose how and where she wants to give birth, be encouraged in that choice and given every opportunity to make it happen as she desires in the healthiest, safest way possible.  She also believes in informed consent and being an informed consumer—every couple has the right to be educated about birth and to make their own decisions based on information and facts.

It is her heart’s desire to journey with couples through their own unique birth experiences, offering encouragement and support to achieve the best, safest, most comfortable and positive experience possible.

Amber is married to Weston, who serves as an associate pastor at a local church.  Before moving back to the USA, the Berrys served as missionaries in Egypt for 5 years.  Amber also has birth experience interning at a missions birth clinic in the Philippines for impoverished women, and has visited birth centers in Haiti and Madagascar.

Training & Experience

In 2012, Amber began her midwifery academics and in 2013 began her first internship in the Philippines where she trained at a birth center for impoverished women.  In 2014, she and her family returned to the USA where she began birth assisting with midwives while continuing her midwifery academic training.  Amber also became a birth doula and assisted women in both in and out of hospital births while continuing to birth assist and train with local midwives in home birth and birth center settings.  She also became a certified Birth Boot Camp instructor.  Amber completed her clinical requirements to open her own private practice in January, 2017.  She maintains certification with the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support and CPR for healthcare professionals (AHA BLS), and in neonatal resuscitation (AHA/AAP NRP) and has attended over 400 births throughout the past 8 years.  She recently went back to school, and received a Master of Science degree in Advanced Midwifery Practice from Anglia Ruskin University. She is also a certified clinical preceptor for The National College of Midwifery to facilitate clinical training for the student midwives working on their degrees with the college, and will be adding role of clinical preceptor for Mercy In Action College of Midwifery for student midwives working on their bachelor’s degree.  
In addition, she has completed the following courses and workshops: Childbirth International doula training, Basic Disaster Birth Support, Global Midwifery: Listen First, Suturing for Midwives, Global Midwifery Skills, Venipuncture and IV skills, Cultural Competency and Respect in the Provision of Maternity Care through Mercy in Action College of Midwifery, and many others.

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Shani Van Patten, CPM, LM

Shani is a certified professional midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives and licensed midwife with the state of Texas. Shani has been a part of the birth & parenting community for the past 6 years.  She fell in love with the Midwifery Model of Care as she was serving families as a Birth and Postpartum Doula.  Shani has spent the last three years pursuing her calling as a midwife at the National College of Midwifery. Before attending midwifery college Shani accumulated vast experience serving families as a birth doula and birth assistant to several local midwives. She holds certifications in BLS, CPR, Neonatal Resuscitation, Labor Doula support and is trained in Postpartum Doula and Infant Care.  Shani is married to her best friend, Russell who is an elementary school teacher, and is mama to the sweetest little boy, Emre.  She has been to over 100 births through training and career, as well as attended a host of workshops and trainings.  She considers herself a “workshop junkie,” and loves to learn and stay updated on all things birth and best practice.  Outside of her degree program courses, she has attended workshops such as (just to name a FEW): Expect the Unexpected: Midwives Handling Complications in Out of Hospital Settings, IV and Venepuncture Skills, Twins and Breech Delivery, Spinning Babies, Resolving Shoulder Dystocia, Karen Strange’s Helping Babies Breath workshop, Defensive Charting, and so many more!
She loves joining families as they journey through those most intense and yet most beautiful and sacred moments of their life welcoming their sweet baby into the world.  She genuinely believes that God’s highest callings on her life are to be the wife and mother He created her to be, and to serve and bless women by facilitating safe, joyful, skilled, respectful and kindhearted birth experiences.

Choosing your midwife is a big decision. Don’t hesitate to make a free initial consultation!

Birth Assistants, Childbirth Instructor, Doulas and Admin


Rachel Pankratz, Birth Assistant, Birth Boot Camp Instructor, Doula

I love birth assisting and teaching natural childbirth classes for couples at The Journey Birth Services!  I love being a Birth Educator because I love educating families and empowering them to make the best, informed choices and be well prepared to rock their natural birth experience. Having personal experience with different types of births, as well as having worked as a doula for several years, I feel that I relate to many different families and can give them the care and understanding they need without any judgment. I have had a birth with an epidural and a natural birth, so I have a wide perspective of what each of those types of births entail. My goal is to support each family based on their specific desires and needs during this exciting time in their lives. Congratulations on your growing family and I look forward to getting to know you and sharing this exciting time in your life with you.


Hunter Clayburn, Birth Assistant, Doula

Hunter Clayburn is a follower of Jesus, a wife, a mom to three amazing children, a homeschool teacher, and a supporter of women in birth. She became a doula in Denver, CO in 2013 following the birth of her second child. Later, her family moved to Houston where she continued her Doula journey. In 2015, she became a trained midwives’ assistant. Hunter loves supporting women as they begin and grow their families. She loves encouraging women that “this is hard but you can do this” versus the often repeated “you can’t do birth, it’s too hard”. Knowing that when families begin this new stage with encouragement and support, they bond easier and feel more capable when there are hard moments in their parenting journeys.


Kaleigh Curtis, Office Admin

Hello! I am Kaleigh Curtis and I am the administrator for The Journey Birth Services. I have a business degree in economics from Sam Houston State University. I enjoy helping start and maintain businesses, including creative fields such as photography, social media management and campaigning.  In addition to working as the admin for The Journey Birth Services taking care of the business side of things, scheduling, emails, and phone calls, I also own a photography business and enjoys capturing life’s special moments on camera.


Tori Lame, Doula, CBD, SBD, Midwife Student

My heart’s desire is to support birthing mothers and families through out pregnancy, birth and postpartum and also through bereavement for those experiencing a loss, with respect for each of you and your unique journey. And hopefully, to finding your strength, peace, power and confidence through out their process.

It wasn’t until we experienced the beautifully healing birth of our second child that we found the importance of having a supportive and knowledgeable birth team. It was a life changing realization for us and as soon as our son was born I knew that I wanted to be a part of a team like that, supporting women and families through this amazing time in life!

Personal Birth Experience(s):
I have had a hospital birth, a freestanding birth center birth, a second trimester loss, first trimester miscarriage and most recently in 2019, I gave birth to our full term twins (with one breech) at home just as planned!


-Certified Birth Doula: Tori Lame CBD (CBI)-

-Certified Birth and Bereavement Doula Tori Lame SBD (Stillbirthday) –

-Various Evidence Based Birth (EBB) Workshops-

Doula Amber Berry with new mom in the Phillippines

Postpartum visit in the Philippines.

Practice Guidelines

Although we believe that every woman has the right to choose where and with whom she has her baby, our practice is limited to normal pregnancies and births. We are trained to recognize and treat any potential problems before they become a major issue, and will do so with careful monitoring throughout each pregnancy and birth. Recommendations we make will always be with you and your baby’s best interest and health in mind. When a pregnancy or birth moves outside of normal or my scope of practice, we will not hesitate to consult with other midwives and/or physicians and refer a transfer if necessary. For you and your baby’s optimal care, it is our policy to attend each birth with one birth assistant or a second trained midwife, at no additional cost to you.


See Practice Guidelines document for a complete list of home birth parameters and legal protocols that we adhere to.