Joan Doglio Smith, CNM
Joan is a native Californian, and has lived in Austin since 2002 with her husband and 3 children. She earned a Masters in Nursing from UC-San Francisco while concurrently earning a specialization in nurse-midwifery and OB/GYN nurse practitioner from UC-San Diego School of Medicine.
Since moving to Austin in 2002, Joan worked at Austin Area Birthing Center where she held many administrative positions including Clinical Director, Staff Educator, CenteringPregnancy Director, and Student Supervisor, as well as being the longest tenured Staff Midwife at the center.
Joan was the first CNM to obtain Privileges at Seton Medical Center and St David's Medical Center as well.
Joan has 3 years of experience as faculty in Nurse-Midwifery and Nursing and is a preceptor for ATM, NARM, National College of Midwifery, University of Cincinnati, Frontier Nursing University, Georgetown University, and Baylor University School of Nursing. She loves teaching and growing Midwifery!
Varshna Narumanchi, LM, CPM, RN, IBCLC
Varshna moved to Texas in 1992 to become a midwife. Three kids (born at home) and two careers later, Varshna started midwifery training in 2013 through the Association of Texas Midwives. She apprenticed with an Austin home birth midwife of 40+ years experience (who also happened to be her midwife with her first-born) and in a busy Austin birth center. She even has her own practice which you can explore at https://atxhomebirth.com/
Victoria Meinhardt, LM, CPM
Victoria Meinhardt, LM, CPM became a midwife in 2005 after studying with Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program and apprenticing with several experienced Licensed Midwives and mentoring with a Certified Nurse Midwife. That year she opened her own practice, Wholistic Birthways where she helped a ~200 hundred families over a 5 year period.
In 2010 she became a staff Midwife with the Austin Area Birthing Center. In 2016 she was promoted to Clinical Director. During her ten years with AABC, She worked with hundreds of Central Texas families. As Clinical Director, she also helped create policies, guidelines, protocols and help run the center overall. Victoria also serves on the Midwives Advisory Board for Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation's Midwife Program since 2018.
Over the last 15 years, she has helped ~1000 families through the life changing process of pregnancy, birth and the postpartum experience. https://www.homebirthwithvictoria.com/services