Birth Assistants

Deborah Berry, Birth Assistant

Deborah  is a registered nurse and has been a midwife/birth assistant with Cindi Denbow and the team at Gentle Birth Options since April 2013. She completed her BS in Nursing at Northwest Florida State College and is considering returning to college this next fall to earn her Masters in Nursing. Deborah is CPR, ACLS, NRP and STABLE certified and has also received training as a CAPPA Childbirth Educator. She is a volunteer at the Good Samaritan Clinic in Gulf Breeze, Florida as a patient advocate and clinic nurse. Before going back to college to become a nurse Deborah retired from United States Air Force after 22 years of service. She lives in Navarre, Florida with her husband of 27 years and has two adult children and two grandchildren. Deborah’s free time is spent with her family and friends, boating, biking, and enjoying the outdoors.


Brittany Glass, Medical Assistant and Birth Assistant

Brittany is a mother of one, Sloane, and has been with Gentle Birth Options since June 2011. She has also been part of the Army Reserves as a medic since 2009. Brittany is EMT-B certified, NRP certified, CPR certified, is DONA doula trained, and is currently attending classes to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management in Healthcare and soon hopes to pursue a Bachelor’s of Nursing degree.  “I really feel that I have found a calling for not only what I love to do, but what I need to do!”


Rachel Small, Birth Assistant

Rachel is an EOD wife and the mother of a beautiful one-year-old girl named Samantha.  She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Psychology in 2007, and from NYU with a BS in Nursing in 2009.  She began working as a cardiac nurse, but transferred to a post-partum unit one year later. Following a cross country move to Florida and the birth of her daughter she wanted to continue her work in maternal-newborn care, but felt compelled to do so under the midwifery model of care. “I feel blessed to have an opportunity to be a part of the GBO team and be invited into people’s lives at such a personal, emotional, and exciting time.  Watching a woman give birth in an environment in which she is comfortable with minimal interventions is a truly empowering experience.” Rachel is CPR, NRP and STABLE certified.  She has also received training as a CAPPA Postpartum Doula, Community Lactation Educator, and Childbirth Educator.


Joy Weirick, Birth Assistant

Joy has been a part time birth assistant at GBO since December of 2010. Natural birth has been her passion since 2007 when she had an out of hospital birth with her son after realizing there had to be a better way than she witnessed in the hospital every day. She then started her path to help other moms get the choices they want in birth as a doula and birth assistant. She has been an RN since 1998 and in the NICU since 2003; and has a long term goal of becoming a CNM. She loves that women are empowering themselves when they make their birth choices and loves being a part of GBO where those choices can be supported safely. She is also honored to be able to teach some of the safety classes at GBO to continue to ensure safe, caring birth services for the wonderful strong women in this area.