Meet Our Midwives


Wendi Cleckner, CPM LM

Wendi 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. Meet Wendi…

Kate Paxton, CNM CPM

Hello, I’m Kate and midwifery is my life’s work. After a decade of births in hospitals, birth centers, and homes, and inspired by my own delightful homebirth, I’m coming home to homebirth! I founded Lantern Midwifery in 2022 to provide a unique model of midwifery that centers on somatic health and optimizing every birth for the most ideal experience. Prior to attending my first Midwifery Program, I worked as a doula & a midwife’s assistant in Post-Katrina New Orleans. I experienced births in homes and hospitals and helped families navigate birth with minimal resources. I saw the differences in how birth was managed by midwives and obstetricians. It solidified my understanding of midwifery as the best model of care for supporting normal, healthy pregnancies.

Fatima Muhammad, Birth Worker

Gaby Reza, Birth Worker

Other FATS Community Midwives