Mieke joined the Beach Cities Midwifery staff in 2013, but has been connected to the practice since 2008. Her daughter was the first baby born at the Beachside Birth Center (Laguna Hills) in January 2009. Then in 2010, Mieke’s family welcomed another baby girl at the birth center. Ever since her daughters’ births, she has been an advocate for natural birth and birth centers. Mieke served as the Secretary on the Community Alliance for Birth Options (CABO) board which continued to fuel her passion for natural birth movement. Her role is broad — she is an assistant, a decorator, a meeting planner, an organizer, and has a personality that never seems to run out of gas. Outside of Beach Cities, Mieke enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, cooking, and traveling.
Chris Snell graduated from Cal-State Fullerton with a degree in Political Science. Before attending college, Chris served his community as an EMT, which sparked his underlying interest in the health care field. After graduating, Chris was excited to join the family business and has since enjoyed his position as Operations Officer. Chris is very passionate about expanding the availability of midwifery care for all women. He had an integral role in obtaining contracts with a variety of insurance companies to assist women in the communities we serve. In his spare time, Chris enjoys going to concerts and traveling with his wife, Tracy.
A Trojan at heart, Jeff Snell graduated with a degree in Political Science. After a few years of working in the business world and as a free lance medical biller, he joined the family business at Beach Cities. Jeff head’s up the medical billing department as Chief Insurance Officer. He works very hard to negotiate with insurance companies and make sure we are offering our patients the best financial package during this important event in their lives. Because of Jeff’s hard work and our accreditation, Beach Cities is now considered an “in-network” provider with many major private insurance companies. Outside of work, Jeff enjoys listening to talk radio and spending time with his wife, Melissa.
Birgitte is part of the back office team and is very instrumental in the daily functioning of the birth center. A mother of six herself, Birgitte moved to Orange County from Denmark where nurse-midwifery is commonplace in everyday women’s healthcare. Being a certified doula through DONA and a phlebotomist, Birgitte is a wealth of knowledge on several subjects. She is also very helpful when it comes to coaching new moms on breastfeeding techniques to initiate initial bonding. Birgitte enjoys working at a birth center and takes pride in the fact that she helps bring babies into the world in a respectful, peaceful and mindful manner.