top of page
Abundance Midwifery logo and Embrace Your Birthright tagline

Welcome to Abundance Midwifery Service

For years we've been building compassionate, trusting, midwifery client relationships that help women on their birth journeys. Our goal is to offer you the best support possible in managing your own natural birth process. This includes watchfully waiting and limiting intervention, interceding only for you and your baby's optimal health. 

9L7A1586 hi res-retouched2_edited.jpg

A Small, Unique Austin-Area Midwifery Practice

Our team of professional midwives provides personalized pregnancy and natural birth support with services and experience others can't match.

       Continuity of care with the same midwife throughout your pregnancy plus two midwives at birth

       Choice of birth in our birth center or at home

       Only local practice doing out-of-hospital births with hospital privileges

       Pregnancy groups for assessment, collaborative learning, and social support

       Childbirth classes included with care 

       Certified labor and delivery nursing since 1987

       A combined 55 years of certified nurse midwife & certified professional midwife experience

Superior Health Plan logo

We're the only local Austin-area freestanding birth center & midwives in-network with Traditional & Superior Medicaid

 Led by an Experienced Professional Midwife

Joan head shot_edited.jpg

Joan Doglio Smith is an Austin-area medical professional with extensive education & training in nursing & midwifery.

  • MSN (Master of Science, Nursing)

  • OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner

  • APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse)

  • CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife)

She is the only local nurse-midwife experienced in all birth settings: Birth Center & Home Birth CNM; Hospital RN/CNM​

Joan is a midwifery mentor/trainer for & Preceptor for:

She is President of the Coalition of Texas Birth Centers.

What is a Preceptor?

Preceptors bridge theoretical learning and clinical practice to guide students in meeting clinical objectives and delivering safe, quality care. They educate students through observation and instruction, training them to become midwives.


Our Humanistic Philosophy of Care

We ...

Affirm the power and strength of women and gender non-conforming birthing people.

Believe every person, no matter their income deserves equitable, ethical, quality care.

Use the most complete and up to date evidence to make informed healthcare decisions.

Support self-determination and family member involvement in the birth experience.

Services at Abundance Midwifery

Designed to provide you with options and prepare you for the best possible birth and postpartum experience.

water birth - lo res_edited.jpg
child birth class  lo res_edited_edited.

An Excerpt From Jessika's Birth Story

jessika joan review photo_edited.jpg

        “She (Joan) was the most equipped, knowledgeable, sincere, and strong CNM I had met…               and I devoted two months to meeting a lot. I was terrified of giving birth, so I painstakingly researched. Not to say they all aren’t amazing, but from my first phone conversation with her in the parking lot of the Deep Eddy pool, I knew she was who I needed. I told all my friends I was meeting that day, ‘I finally found the one!’ Not only did she tell me I COULD have a VBAC, but she also told me how, and why, and smoothed over my fears of uterine rupture with facts. Her extensive experience was clear, her manner was methodical and there was a comfort I found in her that was solid and warm simultaneously."

Our Birth Center

Our birth center is a refuge for clients with a home-like environment and artsy vibe. The comfortable birth suite has full accommodations including water birth support. Located away from the Austin hubbub in nearby Manor, the center has easy highway access. It's also just 15 minutes from the nearest transfer hospital

Birth suite - cropped_edited_edited.jpg
birth center sitting area - cropped_edit
Superior Health Plan logo

We're the first local birth center facility in network with Superior Medicaid & Ambetter Marketplace plan.

We Also Support Women's Health and Wellness for a Lifetime

Pap smears
Preconception counseling & care

  • Family planning

  • Cycle tracking

Contraception support​

  • Pills, patches, NuvaRing, diaphragms

  • Nexplanon certification for implantable contraceptives

  • Long term contraceptives such as Mirena & Paragard IUD

Intrauterine insemination​

OB/GYN nurse practitioner

Insurance Information

In Network Insurance Coverage Options

(we'll also file with any payer on your behalf)

The Only Austin-Area Birth Center in Network

with Marketplace & Medicaid Insurance

We're in network as a provider & birth center for Medicaid, Superior Medicaid & Ambetter Health Plan. Professional fees are in network for home or birth center delivery with Ambetter Marketplace insurance. Joan is also in network with Ascension Health Plan including Dell Children's Health Plan & Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicaid.

Superior Health plan logo
Medicaid logo
bottom of page