Our Valuable San Antonio Midwives and Team Members
I began working with expecting families in 1998 as a birth doula, childbirth educator and licensed massage therapist, specializing in maternal and newborn care. In January of 2004 I began my midwifery apprenticeship training and had the amazing opportunity of “catching” first baby! Upon completion of my educational and clinical training I sat for my national exam, and in February of 2006 received my Certified Professional Midwife certificate. In June of that same year, received my state licensure as a Licensed Midwife in Texas. From massage therapy to childbirth educator to doula and finally to midwifery – each journey added to the skills and information I could share with mothers and their families; to benefit them as they walked their own path through pregnancy and birth.
Over these years I have attended over 750 births – each being unique and amazing. My philosophy is to return honor, respect and empowerment back to where it has always belonged – to the mother!
Through my journey as a midwife, I knew there needed to be a place for women and their families to have care on their terms – and thus Birth Center Stone Oak was born. I am honored to be a part of the care families are offered by midwives at Birth Center Stone Oak. It is always a miracle to watch as a woman and her family work together to bring a new life into the world. Their love, commitment and amazing power can be felt at each birth.
- Licensed Midwife since 2006
- Nationally Certified Professional Midwife
- Birth Doula and childbirth educator since 1998
- Preceptor for the ATM Midwifery Training Program
- Preceptor for the Midwifery College of Utah
- Preceptor for North American Registry of Midwives
- Board Member of the Association of Texas Midwives
- Lifetime member of San Antonio Area Midwives Association
- Member of Texas Coalition of Birth Centers
- Member of American Association of Birth Centers
My focus is the joy and empowerment women and families are capable of experiencing when they are supported through this rite of passage. I strive to nurture the whole family. I firmly believe in the role of education in midwifery care.
I graduated from Bastyr University in 2013 with a Master of Science in Midwifery, having done my thesis on implementing inclusion of Certified Professional Midwives as National Health Service Corps providers. I balance this scientific education with ancestral and intuitive knowledge and a respect for informed choice. In addition, I am Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR Certified. I served on the Midwives Alliance of North America Student Visioning Committee and am a member of their Midwives of Color Section. In addition, I am a native Spanish speaker.
In my free time, you may find me baking cupcakes with my daughter (our new favorite flavor is key lime with a buttercream frosting!), walking with my pup, reading, doing crossword puzzles or enjoying good food and company.
As a midwife, I have special interests in VBACs. breech birth, water birth and homebirth. Every midwifery situation is approached with a foundational belief that birth works. I work to help parents become strong in knowledge and choice so they can in turn create strong families. Because each family as unique, I can help you create a custom birth experience you will always remember.
I have 6 children ranging in age from 5 to 18. Five of my children were born at home in water. When not practicing midwifery, I like to spend my free time homeschooling my children, attending Taekwondo tournaments, cooking and running.
- 2006 – Graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery
- 2011 – Received breech birth and VBAC training at The Farm Midwifery Center in Summertown, Tennessee
- 2015 – Sat on the Ad hoc Water Birth Committee for the state of Texas
- Maintains membership in the Association of Texas Midwives
- Is the current secretary of the San Antonio Area Midwives Association
Upon returning to the United States, I began researching ways to work in women’s health and maternity. As a truly divine orchestration, Birth Center Stone Oak offered me the opportunity to shadow and volunteer. During my year as a volunteer, I built relationships with mothers and families during prenatal and postpartum appointments and was even able to attend several births. This was the opportunity I needed to solidify my passion for helping grow mother’s and families, so I decided to pursue a degree in nursing in hopes of eventually becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife.
After graduating from an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Emory University in August of 2017, I returned to my home at Birth Center Stone Oak to be a postpartum nurse and birth assistant. My goal is to continue growing relationships with mothers and families while also growing my skills as a nurse specializing in maternal-child health.
Working in the counseling field is a blessing to me, as is working with Birth Center Stone Oak. I previously had a private practice here in San Antonio and before that, I was fortunate to have several years experience in a broad variety of mental health and substance abuse settings.
My involvement with Birth Center Stone Oak began in 2012, and is close to my heart, not only because of the excellent work they are doing, but because being a parent myself, I know how important it is to have the right kind of support and understanding through this journey. Due to the change in dynamics within yourself, your family and especially physically to your body, there are sometimes issues that may arise where you need guidance and resources before and after the birth process. Often times we do need help to work through these difficulties in order to rebalance families, enhance our coping skills and thoughts, and increase our ability to enjoy and live life fully.
Angie Artho, D.C. has been a chiropractor for over 10 and loves to provide natural chiropractic care especially to children and pregnant women. Her specialization has allowed her to see the tremendous healing ability of these young bodies.
Dr. Artho attended Texas A&M University and received her bachelor’s degree in Agronomy in August 1999. After marrying and learning more about chiropractic she decided to pursue this great career and graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic (now Parker University) in January of 2004. Since then she has been delivering loving chiropractic care to countless patients.
She is married to Damian Artho, D.C. (Parker 2003) and has four kids, Allison, John, Nathan, and Aaron. A San Antonio native, she returned home over 4 years ago.
To book an appointment with Dr. Angie call 210-434-5772.
Dr. Angie’s schedule at Birth Center Stone Oak:
1st Monday of the Month 2 – 6 p.m.
The rest of the month are Wed, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
It has been a true joy for me to see the positive impact the Birth Center has had on families in the community. This was a dream for my wife Joi, and I am so proud of her accomplishments.
You won’t see me around very often, as my duties are mostly done in the background. My day job is serving as president of a national sales and distribution company in San Antonio.
A native to the New Braunfels area, mother to four wonderful kids: Gracie, Kenzie, Mattie and Bailey.
Being a mom I know the importance of having the right kind of support during this beautiful journey. I am so blessed and love working with Birth Center Stone Oak and all the wonderful families that come through our doors.
I have been married to my husband, Bill, for 18 years and have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren. Our current household consists of us and our dog, Zelda, and two crazy cats, Amber and Greg. Life is good!