About us

our mission is our passion

We provide free and affordable essential women’s health services to women in need in our community.

Our organization’s goal is to lift financial, language and racial barriers to health care, essential services and education for all women in our community by providing access to free and discounted health and mental health services and promoting women’s health and wellness through education.

HCWHC is a woman-run organization. Our board of directors includes women from many sections of the women’s health universe — midwives, doctors, nurses, medical students, herbalists, mental health advocates, and educators.


Our Programs

Clinic Program

Well-Woman and Prenatal Visits with our volunteer midwives is HCWHC is our main work. We provide free bloodwork, Pap smears, mammogram referrals, and full well-woman appointments. We offer midwife-based prenatal care throughout pregnancy, and help families find the best place to brith, whether that is in or out of hospital.

Birth Equity Program

Our Birth Equity Program was started in 2023, with the goal of helping low-income women achieve their goal of safe home birth with a midwife. We believe that if a woman has a low-risk pregnancy and desires a home birth, financial challenges should not be the only obstacle.
Midwives who are part of the Birth Equity Program work on a sliding scale, and in addition to what the client is able to pay, HCWHC provides grants directly to the midwife to cover costs when funds are available. Since its inception, we have helped 3 women give birth safely at home, with successful outcomes for all mamas and babies. 

Outreach Program

Throughout the year, we offer a series of childbirth education, parenting workshops to the community for free, through a partnership at the library. We also have a new teen peer support group staring up in the Spring of 2024, led by high school students in Wimberley. We will host our 3rd annual Community Clothes Swap at the Methodist Church this July, and our first annual Community Baby Shower takes place April 28th at the Community Center. All these events are free to the public.



OUr Providers

Our dedicated volunteer providers.

All of our practioners work at the clinic as volunteer providers. Their dedication and comittment to women’s health makes our free women’s clinic possible.

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, we would love to have you join the collective!

Please fill out the form provided, and someone will be in touch.

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Amy Beckmann, CNM

Midwife
Amy is a true Texas girl. Her absolute favorite way to spend her time is with her family.On their time off you’ll find them cooking, gardening, traveling to fun places and wine tasting around the hill country.

Before becoming a midwife, Amy was a labor and delivery nurse for 13 years. In 2014 she graduated from Frontier Nursing University as a Certified Nurse Midwife to pursue her passion of helping mamas birth their babies naturally. Since then she has attended and overseen many births in homes and birth centers across Texas. She now contributes to the next generation of nursing as a member of the clinical faculty for undergraduate nursing students at UT Arlington.

Lauren Foreman, CNM

Midwife
Lauren is a Certified Nurse Midwife offering well-woman care and home birth services in the Austin area. Her midwifery care is a blend of intuition, wisdom, science and birth magic.

She is also a mental health nurse practitioner who can help discuss and address your mental health needs. She takes a holistic approach – sometimes we do need medication, but we can also look at adjusting your diet, draw labs, try supplements and/or herbs.

Oona Mekas, CPM, LM

Midwife
Executive Director, HCWHC
Oona is a Certified Professional Midwife, and believes every woman deserves compassionate healthcare and true informed consent, no matter her circumstances.

In addition to midwifery, Oona is also an internationally recognized (certified E-RYT and RPYT) Integral Yoga® teacher. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and has been a certified teacher since 2006, serving students on both coasts and everywhere in between over the years . 
Oona lives in the Hill Country of Central Texas with her wonderful husband and inspiring daughter, along with a gaggle of animals, including a lively border collie, a few cats, and a happy flock of free-range chickens. She loves baking, knitting, libraries, heist movies, saunas, and swimming in natural bodies of water.

Mary Littlefield, CPM, LM

Midwife
Mary Littlefield is a Licensed Midwife/ Certified Professional Midwife with licenses in Texas and California. She has been in practice for over 20 years, serving in home, hospital and birth center birth as well as other facets of women’s health. 

Mary’s focus is on the overall wellbeing of the woman and family. Her perspective is that the power to give birth resides within each woman; that it is the role of the midwife and the community to support the woman and her partner in finding that power throughout the childbearing process. Her approach to wellness is centered in the emotional experiences of each woman which serve as guideposts to meeting her needs.

Mary’s central focus is on helping women incorporate and release the unhealed experiences of the past as they impact the pregnancy and surface through the mind/body connection. She incorporates somatic work, spiritual support, emotional processing, listening, and a holistic approach to health and healing as each woman and family find their way through the lifegiving journey of pregnancy and birth.

Mary is an experienced Our Whole Lives Sexuality educator for grades 7-9 and 10-12.  She also offers Healing with Horses and Somatic Singing through HCWHC.

Hillary Hunter, RN

Nurse, student midwife
Hillary Hunter is HCWHC’s most dedicated volunteer provider.

A long-time Wimberley resident, she believes in giving back to the community.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Oona Mekas, CPM, LM – President

Oona is a midwife in training, doula, childbirth educator and women’s health advocate. She has been working with pregnant women since 2010. After spending most of her adult life in New York and Los Angeles as a working actress, film curator and director, she now lives in the Hill Country of Central Texas with her husband and young daughter. In addition to her work with women, she continues to work in the film industry in Texas. Oona has nearly 3 decades of nonprofit experience, having served in various positions on the board of Anthology Film Archives, a film archive and theater in New York City from 1995-2022.

June Lamphier, CPM, LM

June is a homebirth midwife with offices in Blanco and Austin. She believes a woman is best served through information, partnership, and trust between client and midwife. It is her goal to develop a respectful, trusting partnership with my clients that brings both comfort and trust during challenging times. She had the privilege of working with Ann Dignan, CNM/FNP for over a decade providing homebirth services as well as community healthcare for the uninsured.

June worked as an LVN in Family Practice, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine from 1985-1997. In 2000 she became a Certified Professional Midwife with N.A.R.M. and a Licensed Midwife regulated by TDLR.  In 2000, she opened her own homebirth practice in Austin and the Texas Hill Country. She was also the co-owner of a birthing center in South Austin from 2009-2012. 

Rita Flores

Rita Flores is a trainer, facilitator, and consultant with Collective Capacity Consulting, LLC. Rita provides technical assistance and capacity building to nonprofit organizations. Her passion is supporting organizations to create healing-centered approaches to address the underlying causes of inequities in our communities and cultivate organizational practices that allow people to thrive.
Rita has extensive experience in violence prevention, mental health, and survivor-centered, trauma-informed care.   Rita has led and operated emergency shelter and transitional housing programs for survivors of gender-based violence at community-based organizations in the Southwest and Pacific regions of the United States, as well as served as a technical assistance provider to community-based and state and national coalitions. Informed by over two decades in the movement to end gender-based violence, Rita’s consulting approach is grounded in a deep commitment to advancing transformative social change. Rita has a knack for creating processes to bring big ideas into focus, applying healing-centered approaches to our biggest challenges, and nurturing strong partnerships to activate our collective power to mobilize change.

Randi Jinkins, Treasurer

Randi joined Protection Engineering Consultants in 2019 as Accounting Manager. At PEC, she has a wide range of responsibilities including, but not limited to, client and vendor maintenance, financial reporting, payroll, human resource functions, support of marketing activities, insurance oversight, and support for Government audits and reviews. Randi graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas State University in San Marcos. She has done accounting for organizations in multiple industries including hospitality, manufacturing, medical, recruiting, and engineering. She was also a recruiter for several years to help candidates find jobs and companies find candidates.

Leia Wootan Koehler

Leia is a trained/certified as an Integrative Yoga Therapy yoga teacher (specialized in yoga for anxiety), yin yoga teacher, Trauma Informed Yoga teacher, and full spectrum doula. Her main focus is comprehensive postpartum support for childbearing parents and their primary support people. She cares about cultivating robust networks of peer support for families, and sharing modalities of free or inexpensive evidence-based community & self-care/interventions that can provide relief from the normal range of anxiety and depression experienced by many new (and seasoned) parents. 

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Celeste Leon, MD

Celeste has many years of experience in the medical field, with a background in family practice. She currently works in a busy hospital emergency room environment in the Hill Country of Central Texas. She is dedicated to making healthcare more accessible for all women in our community.

Allison Royal, CNP

Allison is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of experience in healthcare. She began her career as a Licensed Paramedic working for a rural central Texas EMS service while studying to obtain her Bachelors in Early Childhood Development from The University of Texas at Austin. Allison enjoyed a robust and never, ever dull nursing career in the world of emergency services and Level 1 pediatric trauma. Allison completed her Masters in Nursing from Simmons University in Boston and now enjoys the world of Family Medicine. Allison enjoys life in the beautiful hill country of central Texas alongside her husband, two children, and all of their assorted critters. Allison can be found in the garden, on the trail or with her nose stuck in a book.

We are always looking for volunteer providers to help us expand our services and achieve our goals.

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