Aubre Tompkins, CNMHello All. My name is Aubre and I am so excited to be sharing this journey with you. My journey through women’s health and supporting families during birth began back in 2005. That is the year I graduated from nursing school here in CO from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing. My first job, at a local hospital, gave me experience in Postpartum Care, Well Baby Care, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU, on both high risk and low risk Labor & Delivery and with Gynecological Care. It was a blessing to serve to people of my community in all these aspects of their lives. Also, I was blessed to be offered a RN job at a new local free-standing birth center, where I learned about physiologic birth and the power of the process for families. With this power in my heart, I applied to and was accepted into the Frontier Nursing University to begin my studies as a Midwife. After graduation, I was hired on as midwife at the same birth center, where I happily worked for two years as a midwife and then became the Clinical Director. As Clinical Director of this center for five years, I gained valuable experience in how to serve my community and grow a thriving midwifery practice. Recently, I have had the amazing opportunity to work with Women’s Health Group, to bring a new free-standing birth center to Thornton and the surrounding communities. Seasons Midwifery & Birth Center is this new center and I am proud to be working tirelessly with our fantastic team to “birth” it and see it grow. When I am not working as a Midwife, I love to spend time with my family; my husband, our two adult sons and our daughter, as well as my parents who live here in CO as well. I have been happy to call CO my home since 1996 and couldn’t imagine living anyplace else. Spending time in our gorgeous outdoors is a great pleasure of mine and how I frequently “re-charge” my battery. As the Director of Midwifery at Seasons Midwifery & Birth Center, I look forward to helping you and your family on this wonderous odyssey of pregnancy, birth and beyond. Welcome!
:Aubre is a talented writer who has had articles published in several national magazines! Check out her blog site A Midwife On the Path
Valorie Hauck-Sorensen, CNM
I believe that every person has the right to give birth in a safe and comfortable environment surrounded by love and support. This is why I became a midwife. My passion for midwifery started when I was doing mission work in Haiti and realized that these strong people were capable of giving birth to healthy babies in a very basic setting without interventions and with limited resources.
My role as a midwife is to be your partner in healthcare whether it be family planning, pregnancy and birth or wellness visits. I will guide you through the decision making process and make sure you have the knowledge you need to make an informed decision, doing my best to facilitate the birth experience YOU want.
I am blessed to have 7 children that call me Mom. I have a daughter and twin boys and 4 bonus daughters from by husband. We have called Colorado home for the past 5 years. I worked at the Pueblo Community Health Center before joining the birth team at Seasons Midwifery & Birth Center. I earned by BSN at Methodist Nursing School in Omaha, NE and worked in Labor and delivery for 6 years before earning by MSN at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio.
:Valorie is passionate about mission work. A desire to teach midwives in Hatti is why she is a midwife today.
Katie Danielson, CNM
I was born and raised in Minnesota. I moved to Colorado in 2018 with my husband and children and am excited to be leave the subzero winters behind! Moving to Colorado has been a dream for me and my family and we are looking forward to putting our roots down in the community.
Prior to becoming a midwife, I worked for many years as an RN, including in labor and delivery, as a child birth educator and a self-proclaimed birth junkie. During this time, I noticed a shift in the way that I cared for women, focusing more on being with women, helping to ensure their labor and birth experiences were what they desired. Having four children of my own, I understand the strong connection between birth empowerment and postpartum mental health. This has become a passion of mine and hope to continue to bring awareness to.
Answering my call to midwifery, I attended Georgetown University’s midwifery and women’s health nurse practitioner program, where I obtained a master’s degree in these studies. I am passionate about women’s reproductive health and enjoy sharing my knowledge with the women I see. I believe that birth is an experience unique to each woman and her family and feel honored to be able to have a small part in it.
In my free time, I love to bake and eat cookies, drink delicious coffee, read interesting books, travel with my husband and hang out with my kids.
:tattoos, candy and COFFEE! Bring her a cup and you will have a lifelong friend
Lindsey Bischoff, CNM
Jennifer Whalen, CNM
Berenise Lujan, MA
My father always said to me, “when you love what you do for work, it doesn’t feel like work at all’. My name is Berenise Lujan and I am an experienced Medical Assistant here at Seasons Midwifery & Birth Center. After graduating from Pima Medical Institute and completing the Medical Assistant program in 1994, I began my career in family practice, which later led me to prenatal and GYN services. I am extremely excited to transfer from The Women’s Health Group to this new birth center, and the opportunity to work alongside confident, dedicated and strong professionals (who at times are very funny) but most of all, giving. It brings me profound gratitude to be able to offer direct care to clients and to build a connection with people and their growing families.
I am a Colorado native and a single mother of 3 children ages 22, 18 & 13 (2 daughters and a son). I am fluent in Spanish and during my free time, I am a performer as a Polynesian Dancer.
:Berenise is a Polynesian dancer when not caring for clients and her teammates at SMBC. She can dance the babies out!
Hello families! My name is Heather Prestridge, and I am the Administrative Director here at Seasons Midwifery & Birth Center. I have been working in the world of midwifery, birth and babies since 1990, and I find that my passion only grows stronger with each passing year. I attended the Midwifery College of Utah to become a home birth midwife when my kids were young. I practiced in Utah and here in Colorado until 1995 when I found that I needed to take a break from living a life “on-call”. I found that I have a talent for organizational management, so I headed that direction becoming a practice manager for midwifery practices all around the Denver metro area. I love being a midwife to midwives! Supporting them as they care for new families has been an incredible journey. I spent over 5 years at another birth center, and am happy to bring my knowledge of community birth to families in Thornton.
I am the mother of 4 grown babies, and 2 grand babies. I spend my time gardening, cooking and enjoying our robust local music scene here in Denver. When I can, I love to write and play music with my partner Kelly.
Favorite Things:Heather keeps SMBC running during the day, but on weekends she is our very own rock star! Her band Ground Above Zero plays in local clubs a few times a year.
Alana Andersen, RN, BSN
Hello! My name is Alana and I am thrilled and honored to be the nurse manager at Season’s Midwifery & Birth Center. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of families’ intimate and powerful moments as they transition into parenthood.
It has always been my dream that my nursing carrier would lead me to maternal and newborn care but it wasn’t until the birth of my own son at another local birth center that I knew which care setting was my calling. The incredibly personal model of care that I received from orientation through postpartum care was so transformative for me personally that I knew I would love nothing more than to be part of that type of care for other families. My nursing background includes three years as an acute brain and spinal cord injury rehab nurse, a year specializing in neuro/joint/spine care, five years working as an Intensive Care Unit nurse, and the last two years attending over 100 out of hospital births at another local free standing birth center.
I truly enjoy assisting parents through the amazing path that is pregnancy and birth. In my other RN positions I have been blessed to work and connect with families during some of the most difficult and often sad reasons for seeking medical care, I now feel so lucky and privileged to be working with families who are seeking healthcare for the happy reason of natural birth.
In my personal life, I am the proud mother of one toddler son (and a new kiddo on the way) as well as the lucky stepmom to two teenage stepsons. I’m a Colorado native, and when I’m not at the birth center I’m likely spending time with my husband, Blake, our kids and extended family.
Favorite things::Alana enjoys playing the piano, sewing and crafting