Sharon has been married to Ray since 1978 and have 4 children; Christopher (Brooke) , Michael (Colleen), Rebecca (Luke) and Jeffrey. They were all home schooled. Sharon and Ray have been blessed with nine wonderful grandchildren - Oliver (2009), twin girls - Coeur d'Lane & Lennon (2011). In the midst of their joy in meeting the girls, they had to say goodbye to their sister, Emerson. Fisher (2012), Parker (2014), Caroline (2014), Emmitt (2015) and Shepherd (2015).
Sharon became interested in midwifery after the birth of their second child. Their first baby was born in the hospital with many interventions. During her second pregnancy, Sharon started doing a lot of reading and gathering information on childbirth. She and Ray decided to have their baby with a midwife who did out of hospital deliveries. That was a life changing decision for Sharon. It was after that birth that she realized the call on her life. "I wanted to be able to help women the way my midwife helped me. I didn't have to think twice where I would have the next two babies!", says Sharon.
Over the years Sharon has helped hundreds of women. She has been the childbirth educator, the doula (labor support person), the friend and the midwife. Sharon believes "Birth is a very sacred moment and to be present at a birth is an honor."
Katie Albers is a Florida Licensed Midwife and a Certified Professional Midwife. She graduated from the 3 year direct-entry midwifery program at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in Gainesville, Florida.
Katie and her husband Jeremy have been married since 2004. They have 3 children: Toby (2008), Gabriel (born at home in 2010) and Tristan (born at home in 2012).
Katie has been with Fruitful Vine Midwifery Service since May 2007.
She balances the two callings of full-time mother and part-time midwife. While her midwifery training gave Katie all of the professional skills needed to attend births, it wasn't until the birth of her first child that she was equipped with the full understanding of what a powerful experience birth is for a woman. As a midwife, she considers it a privilege to help women and their families welcome the new life with which they have been blessed.
Samantha Crickmore is a Florida Licensed Midwife and a Certified Professional Midwife. She graduated from the 3 year direct-entry midwifery program at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery (FSTM) in Gainesville, Florida.
Samantha met her husband, Bradley, when he stopped to help her with a flat tire. This was minutes before their planned first date. It was love at first sight! They have three beautiful daughters; Ellie, Addison, Israel and her big boy, Ryan. Her third was a Vaginal Birth After 2 Cesareans (VBA2C) and was born into Samantha's very own hands. This gilded her passion for VBAC.
Samantha has had a deep longing to serve women during their childbearing years since she was a young girl. After she witnessed the out of hospital birth of a family member she knew midwifery was her true calling. It was on that day that she discovered the path of licensed midwifery and FSTM. Coincidentally, the student that attended that birth became her preceptor and one of the most integral mentors of her career.
Samantha feels blessed to have learned from a variety of midwives with different experiences. Their varying levels of expertise and different styles of practice, have shaped and molded her into the midwife she is today. For those unique experiences she is grateful.
Meet The Midwife Consultation
We offer consultations for anyone interested in our services. This is a good time to tour the birthing rooms and to get your questions answered. Call the office for an appointment.