What people are saying about The Nest
“The staff at THE NEST were nothing short of phenomenal! They took the time to listen to all of our questions and concerns throughout the entire pregnancy, I never felt rushed on any visit, and they made the experience so special for my whole family. They are friendly, professional, and super helpful. I've never had better or more personal care from a healthcare team. I recommend them to anyone who is wanting to have a great natural birth experience!” – Callie Warner
“Lisa and Patty are the dream team. I can not imagine having done this with out them. They have the perfect balance of love and wisdom. I always felt that they were there when we needed them and providing thorough answers to our questions. As the male,I was fairly concerned that I did not have what it was going to take to support my wife through this birth. Lisa and Patty were amazing at supporting me as I tried my best to support my wife. We are so grateful for these ladies. We look forward do doing it again with child #2!” – Dillon Haspany
“As a father, I felt removed from the pregnancy and birth process until we hired Lisa Riell. She took the time to include me, teach me about birth, and how I could help my wife during labor. I was so glad to get to contribute to my wife’s comfort and understand the whole process. I went from dread to excitement. Her spirit and knowledge embodies everything a midwife should be.” – Jacob Mitchell
Lisa and the whole team at The Nest are absolutely phenomenal. I had an incredible birth experience and am so thankful for the amazing care I received! I chose to have a home birth but the birth center is beautiful, welcoming, and peaceful- the perfect environment to welcome your blessing. Lisa and her team truly have a heart for every woman and family who comes through their doors. It’s evident by the care they give so openhandedly! I highly recommend The Nest to anyone considering a birth center or home birth. You will be treated with love, respect, and like the life-giving goddess you are!” – Andrea Muehlen
Meet the Midwives
I believe in “mothering the mother”!
- In a healthy woman, pregnancy is not a medical condition; it is a normal physiological body function. Most healthy women can enjoy birth out of the hospital.
- Birth can be the most transformative, empowering moment of you and your partner’s lives.
- Unnecessary interventions can interfere with the primal birthing instinct, altering important emotional and physical aspects of your birth. They can stall, complicate and necessitate further interventions, spiraling into an unwanted C-section. Unnecessary or disrespectful interventions can also create lasting emotional trauma for mother and baby.
- I believe in easing your little one into this world, into a quiet, loving, respectful environment.
As a young girl, my favorite toy was my nurse’s kit. I was fascinated by birth and wanted to help women deliver their babies. I can remember, at nine yrs old, wishing my mother’s pregnant friends would go into labor at our house so I could deliver that baby! And, even at that tender age, I was confident I could do it, and make the experience calm and supportive for the mother!
Years later I married and had 3 children of my own, giving birth naturally using the traditional Lamaze method in a hospital. This transformed me, progressively reigniting my passion to help other women with each birth. I acted as doula occasionally through the years, still pulled by birth, but focused at the time on raising my family, and other career choices. Finally, pursuing midwifery after my children left “the nest” was the realization of a life-long dream.
Every birth fills me with joy, wonder and gratitude. I am humbled and honored to be called into this incredible profession.
I’m a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife), LM (licensed in the State Of Texas), NNR and CPR trained every 2yrs, and continue to learn with CEU’s, conferences, workshops, avid reader and birth junkie!
My core belief is that birth is a pivotal moment in a woman’s life and the way a woman chooses to deliver her baby can have an impact on her emotional well being. My goal is to work closely with women and families guiding them through the many choices of the childbearing year.
My journey to become a midwife began 17 years ago with the birth of my first child. I began working as a Doula serving many families in the DFW area along with working at two busy birth centers as a birth/postpartum assistant to CNM’s. In 2008 I enrolled in college with an ultimate goal of becoming a CNM. Upon completion of all required prerequisites I realized nursing was not my heart calling and enrolled with Association of Texas midwives to complete my education of becoming a Licensed Midwife.
I am certified in Neonatal Resuscitation as well as a CPR instructor. I am a member of Association of Texas Midwives and very active in the birth community working closely with multiple care providers.
As a mother to 4 children I understand how important birth impacts our life. I strive to educate and empower women to trust birth and the natural forces behind it.
My passion for birth began as a child, fostered by my being the oldest of seven children. It wasn’t until after the births of my own three children that I began exploring the culture of birth in America. Seeing all the options available to women today I was particularly moved by the Midwifery Model of Care. I started apprenticing with several area midwives providing me with a whole spectrum of experience to draw upon within my own practice.
I have been assisting women to safely deliver their babies in the comfort of the home, or birth center, since 1997. Natural childbirth promotes a healthy baby, a healthy mother, and an immediate bonding experience for the entire family. My holistic approach to midwifery care stems from the belief that pregnancy is a natural state of health. This belief has been reinforced by the 1000+ births I have attended throughout the years.
Judith has been involved with mothers and children from an early age, providing babysitting, postpartum support and house cleaning for young mothers. As a result of a family member’s health crisis, Judith expanded her knowledge of cooking to include herbs and holistic options. Influential people in her life… noted her keen interest in alternative healthcare and encouraged her to pursue midwifery, thus combining her nurturing spirit with competent care for mothers and babies.
Originally from the DFW area, she trained with several experienced midwives who have been instrumental in the development of midwifery in the North Texas area. Licensed in 2002, she has been involved in approximately 600 births in her 18 years of midwifery practice and training.
Judith’s style of practice is highly individualized care in the client’s home. Her passion for nutrition and wellness spills over into her clients’ prenatal care. She is lovingly dubbed the “nutrition nazi” by her clients. Her clients consistently say how much better they feel at the end of the pregnancy and will adopt the nutritional teachings they’ve learned along the way as a new way of living. Judith has a vision for making families lives better and seeks to meet the needs of her clients in a variety of ways, through nutritional coaching, herbal and essential oils usage, along with walking with them through the pregnancy and postpartum journey.
From calming a crying infant to mixing a potion of essential oils to doing a thorough prenatal, Judith provides gentle, competent care to all of her mothers and babies. She has many happy repeat clients who trust and respect her advice and years of experience.
Come see for yourself, our relaxing and beautiful home-like atmosphere. We want you to feel pampered and special, like you're at a bed and breakfast or spa retreat! Every detail for your comfort has been thoughtfully added.
Located just five minutes from the beautiful new Methodist Mansfield Medical Center and next to the revitalized downtown!
Serving Mansfield, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Duncanville, DeSoto, Midlothian, Waxahachie, Ennis, Venus, Alvarado, and Burleson.
This is the dream team! With a combined experience of over 45 years, their passion for birth and caring for women is obvious in every thing they do! You will be given the utmost attention and care, supported every step of the way in your journey to birth and beyond!