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My Midwives


We are a team of midwives with a broad range of experience and skill. We offer care for all aspects of a womans life, from well woman gynecological care, annual exams, pap smears, birth control, prenatal and postpartum care, labor & birth, menopausal care, and lactation support.  Birthways Midwives are licensed by the State of Florida and hold National Certifications while the entirety of our staff is certified in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP). All our midwives find joy in mothering new mothers, dads, and families as they are born.

 We invite you to schedule an appointment for a visit and complimentary consultation! Your Midwifery Care awaits you!


Christina Holmes,LM, CPM

Christina Holmes, LM, CPM is a Florida Licensed Midwife and Nationally Certified Professional Midwife since 2002 assisting over 1000 babies into the world. She is a Yoga Instructor and is certified to lead Sacred Beginning circles. 

Having grown up in Sarasota Christina is fully invested in the health of the families in our community. Christina has volunteered with the Newtown Health council, is a current Board Member of the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota, and has served many years on the FIMR committee helping to promote healthy pregnancies and babies in our community. She is the former secretary of a local bike club and participates in a local charity ride each year for the Team Tony Foundation.

Christina has been active in Midwifery legislation and regulation at the State level as the former President of the Midwives Association and current Vice President of the Florida Alliance of Birth Centers. With a love for educating families and birth professionals in order to create a world of safe, compassionate birth, she has taught Midwifery, Medical, Nursing, and Physician Assistant students over the years. 

Being knowledgeable in the area of herbs and natural medicines, Christina creates natural, homemade soaps, herbal teas, and formulas under Herbal Cricket. You can pick up her creations at Birthways.

Christina is a mother and a grandmother and wishes for every woman, child, and family to be treated with kindness, love, and gentleness at the time of birth.


Cheryl Ross Hollifield, CNM, ARNP

Cheryl Hollifield is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife with more than 30 years of experience catching babies, listening to women, & caring for their health care needs. Not only can she assist you through a pregnancy, but she is here for women throughout their lifetime. From the first menstruation cycle, birth control, through menopause. Cheryl has two beautiful daughters. Gardening, kayaking, swimming and reading occupy some of her favorite moments of relaxation. Cheryl was Christina’s Midwife many moons ago and was one of the Midwives Christina learned from, and has loved watching Christina grow into an amazing woman and accomplished midwife. Cheryl is excited to be serving women in the Sarasota and surrounding communities as part of the Birthways Family!


Lisa Russell, LM

Prior to starting her midwifery journey, Lisa earned her undergraduate degree from USF and completed two terms of service in AmeriCorps. In 2012 she began attending births as a doula and birth assistant in her hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida. Lisa became part of the Birthways Family as a Midwifery Student in 2013 and we welcomed her on board as a Florida Licensed Midwife in 2016. She is dedicated to supporting families and enjoys every minute of being a Midwife! Additionally, Lisa is a placenta encapsulation specialist and provides her services to interested families. In her free time she enjoys painting, kayaking, swimming in the gulf, and traveling around Florida.


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