Debbie is the owner of Hollywood Birth Center and has been a licensed midwife for 25 years. In 1983 Debbie had her first daughter, a water birth at home in a state where direct entry midwifery was not legal. That experience was just the beginning. For several years Debbie attended births as a lay midwife and in 1998, upon returning to Florida she attended the South Florida School of Midwifery. Debbie has been instrumental in helping to change the midwifery law to allow more licensed midwives to practice in Florida. She has served as president of the Broward chapter of Friends of Midwives. She wrote a midwifery curriculum that was implemented in a National School of Technology in South Florida and was the clinical director, administrator, teacher and a student in that program. The two classes of women she graduated have gone on to become midwives in Florida. Debbie opened Hollywood Birth Center in 1993 and has dedicated her life to empowering women and keeping birth safe. She has two daughters of her own. Ariel and Munirah.
Mimi first came to the Hollywood Birth Center as a student midwife and has been with them ever since. Mimi always had an interest in pregnancy and childbirth and after giving birth to her son she began to seek out alternative options for childbearing women. She knew she had found her life's passion when she discovered midwifery and quickly set about meeting the requirements to become a Florida Licensed Midwife. After graduating from the nation's only publicly accredited college offering a degree in direct entry midwifery, Mimi began working for the birth center as an on staff birth assistant. She continues to offer a variety of services in her community including postpartum doula work and childbirth education. Mimi speaks English and Creole, enabling her to better serve a diverse clientele.
Dellareece was born in the Caribbean island of the Bahamas and was raised in Miami. Her love for Midwifery began long before her training. With her gentle and calming spirit she was always asked by family and friends to be there with them when they went into labor. Patiently coaching and cheering them on through these moments gave her the pleasure of knowing that those women are now empowered to be Birthing Warriors. In 2006, DellaReece began her journey by attending and graduating from the International School of Midwifery. Her love for caring for women is as equally balanced as her love for her children, plus two adoptive ones and 8 grandchildren. Upon being licensed she has been serving the women in her community ever since. Also, as a certified Nutritional Therapist, she believes that a healthy mom, equals a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.
Jamarah Amani is a community midwife (licensed in the state of Florida) who believes in the power of birth and that every baby has a human right to be breastfed/chestfed. Her mission is to do her part to build a movement for Birth Justice locally, nationally and globally.
A community organizer from the age of sixteen, Jamarah has worked with several organizations across the United States, the Caribbean and in Africa on various public health issues, including HIV prevention, infant mortality risk reduction, access to emergency contraception and access to midwifery care. She is currently the director of Southern Birth Justice Network, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to end of shackling of pregnant people and make midwifery care accessible to all.
Jamarah studied Africana Studies, Women’s Studies and Midwifery at centers of learning such as University of Pennsylvania, Clark Atlanta University and, most recently, International School of Midwifery. Jamarah is also a Certified Lactation Consultant. In addition to raising four lively children (who are also raising her), Jamarah offers midwifery care, breastfeeding consultations and childbirth education to families across the state of Florida.
Jamarah is the 2016 recipient of the Midwives Alliance of North America Sapling Award.
Betty Bilbao was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in South Florida. She has three children and one grandchild. Betty graduated in 1999 earning a science degree from Miami-Dade College. She has been a licensed Midwife in the state of Florida since 1999 and has been attending births since 1996 in Florida and in Jamaica. Betty is a certified lactation counselor and holds a monthly breastfeeding class at Hollywood Birth Center. She is currently teaching Midwifery courses at International Institute for Health Care Professional School in Boca Raton, FL. Betty is fluent in both English and Spanish. Her passion is empowering women through education and her goals are to guide women through pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, helping to develop trust and confidence.