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About Us

Heart of Houston Birth and Wellness Center is a midwife led free standing birth center serving the greater Houston Metro area.  In addition to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care, our midwives provide a full range of services from menarche through menopause.  We offer clients personalized, evidence based, and truly collaborative care no matter their life phase. We also partner with physicians, lactation consultants, physical therapists, dietitians and other professionals to provide collaborative care and support to families regardless of location of birth.


Heart of Houston provides a comfortable, inviting, and safe space for you, and your family.  We are here to listen and learn from you while offering recommendations based on evidence and clinical experience.  When you leave our doors we want you to feel strong, proud, satisfied and safe in the knowledge there is a whole community standing behind you.

 

 

 

meet our team

Mary Love 
APRN, CNM, NP-C

Co-Founder 

Clinical Director

Midwife

Jessica Gonzales

Co-Founder

Facility Director

Doula

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Rowan TwoSisters

CPM

Certified Professional Midwife

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Bethany Horton APRN, CNM

Certified

Nurse-Midwife

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Damla Karsan

MD

Collaborating Physician

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Who We Are

mission

To strengthen individuals, families, and communities one birth at a time.

vision

To provide healthcare in a way that treats people like people not patients.

values

We believe in:

  • The power and necessity of community

  • Valuing and supporting the well-being of employees and their families

  • Integration and collaboration with all healthcare professions    

  • The importance of education, continuous learning, and endless quality

  • The midwifery model of care

  • Treating all people with dignity and respect

  • Fostering safe spaces that allow for open communication

  • Respecting autonomy by practicing informed consent and collaborative decision-making 

  • Building mutual accountability and trust

 
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The Birth Center

Our birth center is designed to offer all the comforts of home while also providing a safe and functional birthing environment. We offer two private birthing suites, each equipped with on-suite bathrooms and generous soaking tubs.  While in labor, you and your guests will have also access to the family lounge and kitchen. To increase your privacy, our birth suites are located on the second floor separate from other clinical areas.

Your birth team is there to provide comfort and support normal labor to progress. You will be encouraged to eat, drink, and move about freely.  We have years of experience supporting laboring persons and all sorts of techniques to support and ease the journey including hydrotherapy, tens units, birth pools, spinning babies techniques and so much more.  We encourage you in giving birth in whatever position feels best for you and offer the option of water birth.  We will also assist you or your support person in receiving the baby if desired.  After giving birth, you will be given all the time you need to initiate breastfeeding and bond with your new baby. We will also be there to support for a full year postpartum!


Our nurse-midwives are the only community based midwives in Houston who also have hospital privileges! This means that should a situation arise that makes transfer to a hospital necessary our midwives can accompany and continue your care there. In addition to the required TX state licensing, our center is pursuing national CABC accreditation (Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers).  We are located 3 miles from the Texas Medical Center.

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Kind Words From Our Clients

Having Mary Love on my team for my first 2 deliveries was the absolute best experience! With my first pregnancy, my waters broke but my body never went into labor on it's own. Mary was confident and encouraging throughout the whole process helping my body get going. She was by my husband and I's side all through the night, in and out of the bathtub, on and off the ball and walking laps. Our little guy was born happy and healthy! I couldn't have asked for a better midwife to assist with the birth of our first child! Then, having her in my corner cheering me on for a full-term, natural, successful delivery of twins for the second pregnancy was incredible as well. I highly recommend Mary Love and the Heart of Houston team!!

Chelsea

Prenatal, Birth & Postpartum

First of all, I’m so thrilled for Mary Love and her desire to provide such an amazing birth experience in the city. I would have loved to experience a birth center but with all of them in the suburbs of Houston and the medical center so close it just wasn’t an option for me. However, I was so fortunate to build a relationship with Mary Love when She was one of my midwives at TCH. One of the main things I loved about being under her care was that she actually remembered me, which isn’t something I can say about other providers I also saw. When you’re a first time mom and your doctor remembers you it’s seriously one of the highest levels of feeling cared for. On another note, when she attended to me in labor, she was just that, attentive and there to comfort. I remember her rubbing my back and assuring me that what I was going through was going to bring me my baby! She constantly encouraged me through it. Even after the birth process when I was back

In the office she continued sharing wisdom and encouragement. I was so thankful to have someone so down to earth that I could feel comfortable around, share my insecurities as a new mom and further through the years as a second time mom with needing health advice. I sure did miss having her when baby 3 came along. My experience just was not the same without her. I would have jumped at the chance to have something like Heart of Houston with it’s network and community of providers/professionals at my fingertips years ago. I can’t wait to see the lives changed, impacted and loved on through this new birth center! Many blessings!

Kate

Prenatal, Birth & Postpartum