Meet Ruth Cobb, CNM, APRN
Ruth was born September 27, 1957, in Texas, but has been a resident of Oklahoma since she was a child. She has three wonderful children. Russell Paul (her firstborn), was born at home in 1975 when she was 17 years old. She had two traditional midwives in attendance. Ruth labored 12 hours, and he weighed 8 lb. 4 oz. Stephanie (2nd), weighing 7 lb.12 oz. was born in 1981 at Hillcrest Medical Center following 24 hours of failure to progress in a planned homebirth. She believes her baby's posterior position and the fall she had taken two days prior to the birth were responsible for the failure to progress. Clayton was born in 1983 at home with midwives attending. He weighed 9 lb. 6 oz. and she labored for 9 hours.
Ruth was actively catching babies through her last two pregnancies. She has 9 grandbabies! She was honored to actually catch four of them. Grandchildren are such a gift, she is loving it! Ruth’s family has been and continues to be, very supportive of her practice, especially when the hours get long and tiring. She has to give them credit for the many sacrifices they’ve made to support having a midwife for a mother. Ruth is asked many times if she ever gets tired of the job and she can honestly say she gets tired, but never of the job. Midwifery is much of what defines who Ruth is.
CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MIDWIFE
OKLAHOMA LICENSED MIDWIFE (LM)
Grace is a born and raised Okie, who made her way to South Texas to pursue her dream of becoming a Midwife in 2015. She is one of five siblings, and was delivered at home in Arcadia by an Oklahoma lay midwife. Growing up listening to her mom talk about all of her natural births and the way that her doctors and midwives remained calm and efficient while handling variations of normal inspired Grace to want to be able to provide that same level of care and reassurance to women.
Grace strives to bring normalcy and natural approaches when addressing pregnancy, birth, and postpartum life with women and the birth community.
She believes Midwifery is a calling and is passionate about supporting each woman as they achieve their birth goals for a safe and beautiful birth.
Marlita’s passion for birth started at a young age. She believes it was having a mom as a midwife that got her comfortable with birth. When it was time to have her own family, Marlita and her husband chose home birth with both of their biological children. They were later blessed with a daughter through adoption. In 2003, she started working as a doula, as well as volunteering with Crisis Pregnancy Outreach. She then decided to expand her services and become a Midwife Assistant at Special Delivery because she wanted a more hands-on approach, and her passion has always been natural birth. The midwives there have welcomed her and taught her so much. She is excited to be working with such an accomplished, well-established team!
In 1977, at the age of 19, Ruth began her apprenticeship with her aunt, a traditional midwife of 10 years of midwifery experience. She has served in the Tulsa area since 1977, and much of her training began as a “hands-on” experience. There are also countless hours of self-study and research. However, in 1997 Ruth began formal education towards a degree in nurse-midwifery.
Bachelor’s DegreeNortheastern State University, 2001-2002
Associates Degree NursingTulsa Community College, 1997-2001
Associates Degree Liberal ArtsTulsa Community College, 1997-2001
Certified Professional MidwifeNorth American Registry of Midwives, 1997
Certified Senior MidwifeOklahoma Midwives Alliance, 1985-2005
Nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician, 1983-1989
Certified in CPR (adult and infant), 1983 – present
Neonatal Resuscitation Program, 2005 – present
Intensive Midwifery StudiesMaternity Center in El Paso, TX, 1977-1983
Neonatal SymposiumSt. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, OK, 1986
18 months apprenticeship, 1977 – 1978
Masters of Science in Nursing Degree – Nurse-Midwifery, State University of New York, 2002-2005
Jenni began supporting families during childbirth after seeing a need while doing local community outreach work.
She took her doula training in 2009 and started working as a private practice doula/placenta encapsulator as well as volunteering with Crisis Pregnancy Outreach.
After attending several births at Special Delivery, she began working in our front office part-time. Eventually, her role expanded to office manager, onsite phlebotomists, and 2nd assistant to our midwives. She offers her doula and encapsulation services to our clients as well.
She’s passionate about serving Special Delivery families as part of our close-knit team.
Stephanie is a wife, stepmom, and GRANNY to a beautiful little girl, Emma Jayne that LOVES mommas and babies and has a true gift with each. Stephanie’s journey in the birth world started as a young girl in elementary school with a heart for pregnant momma’s. In her 20’s, she got her Patient Care Technician certification qualifying her for a Scrub position in Labor and Delivery at Ponca City Medical Center, where she also had a co-position in the office of a local OB/GYN.
In her 30’s, she continued her education completing her international certification with ICCE in Childbirth Education, and still holds this certification – finding joy in teaching new parents how to prepare for birth and life with a newborn. She also received her birth doula training with DONA (Doulas of North America) and worked with various OB/GYNs over the years.
Adlai E. Welfel
Certified Professional Midwife
Adlai Welfel is a Certified Professional Midwife with NARM, as well as a Licensed Midwife in both Oklahoma and Texas.
Adlai has been licensed and practicing Midwifery in birth center and home birth settings since 2019, and has been attending births since 2015 when she began her clinical training as a Midwife.
Adlai has a heart to serve each and every family that she gets the privilege of caring for. She strives to make every womans birth an empowering and honoring experience.
Adlai has been serving at Special Delivery Birth Center as a temporary Midwife since March off 2023, and has been a blessing to our team and the women that we serve.
Karis is a student midwife with Texas Midwifery School. She is on the path of graduating with her class in the Summer of 2024. In addition, Karis has her bachelor's in psychology, which she achieved from OBU in 2017.
Karis and her husband have been married for 7 years, and they have three beautiful children together.
After giving birth to her daughter in the hospital, with no pain medications, Karis realized the power in a woman's body to give birth naturally. She then researched different options for birth and had her second baby at a birth center and delivered her third at home, both under the care of midwives.
Having experienced care outside of hospital, Karis knew she wanted to be able to make a difference for women's birth too.
A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination, prepared to be herself and only herself.