Welcome to Family Heritage Midwifery!

Family Heritage Midwifery is no longer a solo practice. As of January 1, 2023 Midwife Alyssa is in partnership with Lauren Stum at Upper Cumberland Midwifery Services to provide care as a team of midwives. Working together has proven beneficial to clients with it increasing the quality of care as the complimentary strengths and characteristics of both midwives are included. Clients will have a primary midwife with opportunities to meet with the second midwife prenatally. Both midwives will be on the birth team for delivery. See Services for additional details.

In the candle light of the little cabin, a woman labored and was surrounded by familiar women to support her, one of which was the midwife who was better known as "granny".  It was a natural, but significant, life event that took place in the peaceful dwelling place of the home. Pregnancy and birth weren't treated as a disease, even though it was known to occasionally have complications. Rather, it was believed women were created for childbirth and to be mothers of the children they bore. And so it was in our heritage...

The philosophy of Family Heritage Midwifery encompasses the foundation of viewing birth as a normal life event with many variations. In keeping with this tradition and heritage, we offer individualized maternity care in the home while utilizing research and the current evidence-based practices to keep mothers and babies safe. Occasionally, a condition develops that steps outside what is normal. The training of a midwife involves recognizing when those evidence-based interventions and/or a higher level of care is needed. In those cases, she continues to guide a family by offering emotional and informational support. For the low risk, healthy mother seeking a home birth, Family Heritage Midwifery provides maternity care while walking with a family in their journey to meeting their little one. Integral parts of the care offered includes:

  • Practicing with informed decision making

  • Providing information regarding current evidence based practices

  • Counseling in nutrition and lifestyle choices to support a healthy pregnancy

  • Discussion regarding appropriate supplements and herbs in your pregnancy

  • Compassionate and personalized care that addresses specific desires and needs of the mother 

  • Identifying conditions that require consultation and collaboration other providers


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Have more questions about Family Heritage Midwifery and Midwife Alyssa? Schedule your free consultation today here!

About Midwife Alyssa

Owner of Family Heritage Midwifery

 One September morning in 2011, the vision for Family Heritage Midwifery was born. Alyssa realized while working on her family farm that pregnancy, birth, and the baby animals were her favorite parts of farm life. As she prayed about her love for this area, the Lord grew a desire for her to become a midwife.

Not knowing where to begin her journey to becoming a midwife, a door opened for Alyssa to attend an introduction to midwifery class a year later. It was during the week-long training that her calling to midwifery was confirmed. Alyssa’s determination to become a midwife grew as she learned more about the role of a midwife and how she serves the community. A few years later, Alyssa continued her training by beginning a distance-based midwifery academics program with Charis Childbirth. Under the direct coaching of a well-experienced midwife, she became a doula, childbirth educator, and continued to learn in depth midwifery philosophy and skills through research and in person study.

Doors of opportunity continued to open in perfect timing on her midwifery journey. She attended her first birth on May 5, 2017, which is also known as International Midwives Day. She was then blessed to begin a clinical apprenticeship with Family Birth Services in Grand Prairie, Texas the following year. Over the course of her three and a half year training, she attended over 200 births. Alyssa realized through her training that every birth is different and her wide range of experiences helped to shape her into the midwife she is today. 

Alyssa passed the NARM exam and became a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives; became a licensed midwife in Tennessee; and founded Family Heritage Midwifery in 2022. She then joined with Lauren Stum at Upper Cumberland Midwifery Services in a partnership, as a communtiy of midwives serving clients increases the quality care that is provided.

All facets of midwifery are enjoyable to Alyssa, but especially the fact that the care is personalized to each client. Throughout the pregnancy a relationship is built, which allows Alyssa to get to know each family and their specific desires and needs. It is especially meaningful when this occurs during the birth process and those desires come to fruition. There is immense reward when a mother looks into her baby’s eyes for the first time after working so hard to bring her baby into the world in the comfort of her own home!


Outside midwifery, Alyssa loves to spend time with the Lord, family, and friends. Crochet is one of her favorite hobbies, and her handiwork is seen when she weighs babies after their birth. The kitchen is another area where she likes spending time, especially with her family in their bakery, Laurel Mountain Bakery. To get to know Alyssa better, contact her for a free consultation here!



The compassionate care provided by Midwife Alyssa is tailored to the individual needs and desires of the client. Services provided by Family Heritage Midwifery are offered to families within a 1.5 hour radius of Wilder, TN, which includes the following counties: Fentress, Overton, Cumberland, Putnam, White, Morgan, Scott, Pickett, Clay, and Jackson counties.


Family Heritage Midwifery follows the Tennessee Midwives Association practice guidelines and community standards of care. Midwife Alyssa works in partnership with Upper Cumberland Midwifery Services to provide the following:


Prenatal care:

  • Team of midwives - Every client hires both Midwife Alyssa and Midwife Lauren Stum. One functions as the primary midwife and sees the client for the majority of her care.  The secondary midwife will see the client 1-2x during her prenatal care to give the opportunity for the client to connect with her also. Both midwives will attend the birth.
  • Routine schedule of home visits - monthly until 28 weeks, bi-weekly visits until 36 weeks, and weekly visits until birth. Additional visits can be scheduled as needed.
  • Physical exams – Each visit will include a physical that assesses the mother’s vitals, as well as the position, heart rate, and growth of the baby.
  • Lab work – routine labs can be collected during routine home visits and are included in the fee.
  • Referrals for ultrasound – Anatomy scans are routine at 20 weeks. Other ultrasounds can be ordered for a client as indicated or desired. 
  • Nutrition, supplements, herbal and lifestyle counseling – Each visit includes evaluation of these areas and recommendations as needed to promote a healthy pregnancy and birth. 
  • Risk assessment with referrals provided as indicated – discussions followed by informed decision making when an intervention or collaboration with another provider is recommended.
  • Direct communication with the midwife – The midwife can be contacted directly during normal business hours for any question regarding the pregnancy, birth, postpartum, or newborn. She is also on call 24/7 for any emergency or concern that comes up.
  • Birth plan and emergency back-up plan – Discussed throughout care and in more depth at the 36 week visit. 
  • Family members, including children, are welcome to be involved in the care!


Labor and delivery:

  • 24/7 on call availability for questions and support via the phone in early labor. This includes assessing with the client when it’s time for her to come.
  • Home birth supplies – this includes all the supplies needed by the midwife. The only thing the client is responsible for are basic items like towels, blankets, etc.
  • Intermittent fetal monitoring – listening to baby’s heart rate periodically assesses their well-being. A hand-held doppler is used, which allows the mother to freely move and choose positions best suited in the moment. 
  • Birth assistant – Every birth team has at least two licensed midwives on it. One is the primary midwife who has performed the majority of the client's care, and the other is the primary midwife's assistant. The attendance of the assisting midwife with the primary midwife increases the safety of home birth.
  • Assistance and preparation to reduce perineal lacerations – this begins prenatally and specific attention is given to it during the pushing phase. If a tearing does occur and is significant enough to require repair, the midwife is able to suture.
  • Routine delayed cord clamping – The decision of when to cut and clamp the cord is left up to the parents, but it is routine to wait until the cord stops pulsing before clamping it. 
  • Immediate skin-to-skin – Evidence supports this to help facilitate bonding as well as maintaining appropriate temperature, heart rate, breathing, and blood sugar in the newborn.
  • Home birth setup and clean up – The goal is for the birth space to look like it did before labor commenced. The midwife sets up the equipment needed when she arrives. Following birth while the parents are bonding with their baby, the space is cleaned and laundry is started. 
  • Comprehensive newborn exam – A head-to-toe exam is performed on the newborn after the first golden hour following birth. This includes measurements and baby’s weight and, if desired and chosen by the parents, administration of vitamin K and erythromycin.
  • Initial breastfeeding support – That initial latch is crucial to establishing a good breastfeeding relationship between the mother and her baby. The midwife is there to help the mother achieve a good latch. If additional support is needed beyond the skills of the midwife, a referral will be given to lactation specialist.
  • Filling birth certificates with the state – This is included in the care provided. Parents are responsible for ordering a physical copy of the birth certificate.



  • Routine postpartum home visits – 24-36 hour visit after birth; 72 hour postpartum visit, 1-week postpartum visit; 3 week postpartum visit, and 6-week postpartum visit. Additional visit can be scheduled as needed.
  • Newborn assessment – physical exam, including weight gain, assessment of newborn wellbeing.
  • Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening (CCHD) – This is required by the state and is performed at the first postpartum visit The procedure is non-invasive while checking for adequate oxygen levels in the blood, which in turn screens for heart defects. 
  • Newborn Metabolic Screening (formerly known as PKU test) – Performed at the first postpartum visit. It is also required by the state and assesses for specific conditions that if diagnosed/treated early can help a child lead a relatively normal life.
  • Referral for Newborn Hearing Screening – A state required test that is non-invasive. Testing the newborn’s hearing after birth is helpful in detecting hearing loss so a treatment plan can be put in place before developmental milestones would be affected. A referral is provided as the midwife doesn’t have the necessary equipment to perform the testing.
  • Breastfeeding and newborn feeding education and support
  • Wellbeing assessment of client – this includes vital signs, physical exam, indicated lab work,
  • Ongoing screening and education on postpartum depression and referral to other health care professionals, when needed.
  • Continued direct communication with midwife – This part of the services continues until the client is discharged from care at 6 weeks postpartum.


Clients With Insurance: At FHM and UCMS, we use a third party biller, Birth Professional Billing, that specializes in out-of-hospital midwifery billing. A free verification of benefits may be obtained from the biller at any time.


Clients Without Insurance: For those without insurance, the fee is $5,500. Following the initial deposit of $500, the remaining fee may be paid in full at any point in the care. Or, a payment plan is set up to have the fee paid in full by 34 weeks gestation.


Clients With Health-Share Programs: Some clients don’t have insurance but do have memberships with a reimbursement Health-Share Program such as “Medishare”, Samaritans, and Christian Health-share. If the client is a member of a Health-Share, then she will be considered as a Client Without Insurance and follow the payment plan setup for that. A statement is provided to the client to submit to the health-share program, who will reimburse for the costs of services.

Interested in receiving midwifery care through Family Heritage Midwifery? Contact us to schedule a free consultation!

Contact Midwife Alyssa

Thank you for visiting! Services offered by Family Heritage Midwifery are provided to families within a 1.5 hour radius of Wilder, TN, which includes the following counties: Fentress, Overton, Cumberland, Putnam, White, Morgan, Scott, Pickett, Clay, and Jackson counties. If you are interested in a home birth, childbirth education classes, or other services offered, please fill out the form below or call:


Alyssa Willis CPM-TN

Phone Number: (931) 261-6085

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