Meet Our Midwives


Wendi Cleckner, CPM LM

WendiWendi is a desert child at heart, born and raised on the Arizona clay. In 1993 she helped a friend through the birth of her first child and felt a passion to devote her life to moms and babies. The calling of midwifery has blessed her with travel across the world, taking her to the Philippines, the Sudan and Iraq. She believes in the intrinsic knowledge women hold in the ability to bring forth life, and will continue to work both individually and with the community, rallying for women to give birth as they choose.

Wendi is passionate about justice and advocacy. In fact, that passion helped her finish law school in two years and pass the bar with flying colors. She now advocates for women who have experienced obstetrical violence, educates doulas, midwives, friends and families what their rights are in the birthing space, and works toward changes and the policy level so that birthing people feel safe and cared for throughout the childbirth years. Wendi also serves on several boards including: the Director of Advocacy on the Midwives Alliance of North America Board of Directors, the Vice President of Postpartum Support International, Arizona Board of Directors, the current Secretary and former President of the Arizona Association of Midwives.  

Wendi loves the sun and the earth, and enjoys coaxing new life out of the Arizona ground in her gardens. She continues to study herbalism and a number of other healing modalities. Wendi recently opened Mill Ave Midwives in downtown Tempe lending it as a hub for social justice and reproductive justice work locally, nationally, and internationally. Wendi is always looking for the next adventure overseas to help women and families in under-served areas of the world. 

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly.”
-Richard Bach

Articles featuring Wendi:

PHX Magizine

AZ Central

AZ Family

EV Tribune

PHX New Times

Crystal Pena, CPM LM

Crystal is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), licensed in the State of Arizona (LM) since 2014 to provide prenatal, birth, and postpartum care for families who chose to birth at home. Crystal focuses on fully involving the clients in all aspects of their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum recovery. She utilizes evidence-informed practices while providing considerate, individualized care. She respects her client’s choices and acknowledge that every pregnancy and birth are unique.

After the birth of her second child her interest in holistic pregnancy, birth, and parenting grew to a new level. It was then she realized the interest was truly a calling to midwifery and began training in 2010. During that time she had the opportunity to learn alongside some of the best midwives in Arizona (including Wendi!) Crystal is active in our local home birth and midwifery communities and serves on the board of the Arizona Association of Midwives.

In her free time Crystal enjoys spending time with her four energetic boys and husband, playing board games, reading, and catching up on her favorite podcasts.

Crystal finds so much joy in being a midwife and considers it a tremendous honor each time she is invited to a families’ birth space. It is Crystal’s highest priority that your family receives care that is holistic, respectful, safe, and joyful. Here is a quote that captures her feelings about her role as a midwife:

You are a midwife, assisting at someone else’s birth. Do good without show or fuss. Facilitate what is happening rather than what you think ought to be happening. If you must take the lead, lead so that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge. When the baby is born, the mother will rightly say: ‘We did it ourselves!”

                                      — from The Tao Te Ching

Other FATS Community Midwives

Fatima Muhammad, Birth Worker

Jamie Jones, CPM LM