The sweetest birthing center in Central Texas

Dulce BIRTH & WELLNESS CENTER in Killeen, TX offers local families a spacious private birthing suite & HOME BIRTH SERVICES to welcome your baby safely and comfortably.

Where experience matters!

Give birth in the comfort of your own home or at our cozy birth center with Killeen, Texas' most experienced and sought-after midwife !

With over 25 years of experience in birth work, our midwives have molded into passionate providers who stand alongside women in one of their most amazing times.

Dulce Birth and Wellness Center was founded to support women during birth and to meet the growing need for well-woman care, pregnancy, birth, & postpartum support in our community. A woman’s memories of her birth experiences last a lifetime and can have profound effects on her self-esteem and confidence. We are committed to helping women, couples, and families feel empowered, and supported as they experience life and birth.

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It’s our goal to help mothers learn to trust in their beautiful strong bodies and to trust in their birth. The moment that a baby is born, is joyous, and wondrous, and it is our wish for mothers and their partners to experience the birth of their babies as fully as possible. We believe in supporting families with non-judgemental support, care, and compassion. The very essence of our work IS a heart of service to others. Our team of amazing support specialists and midwife staff serve families here in Bell County, Texas and surrounding areas. You matter! Your baby matters!

Birth center amenities include

• Beautiful light-filled space, newly remodeled
• Deep birth tub for the ultimate water birth experience
• Comfort measures & tools for labor, including shower, rebozo, birth swing, birth ball, and more
• Full kitchen to store and prep your labor snacks and postpartum meal
• Secure 24/7 access
• In-house birth support, lactation support & chiropractic care
• Largest local birthing suite with room for family!


Anita Hernandez midwife dulce birth center and home birth midwife killeen texas

Meet your midwife

Anita Hernandez, CPM, LM

Senior Staff Midwife, Preceptor and Founder

Anita Hernandez, Certified Practicing Midwife, Licensed Midwife, Senior Staff Midwife & Preceptor, Clinical Director & Founder, “Anita is a Christian, wife and mother to 5 amazing children, 4 boys and 1 girl, ranging from 25 to 4 years old. She is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and is bilingual in Spanish. After working as a support specialist for many years in and out of the hospital system, Anita realized that if she was going to truly help bring about change, it would be as becoming the provider herself. She serves the women of Central Texas with a heart for woman-centered care. Empowering women to take charge of their care and becoming an active participant. Anita also founded our local community midwifery school in conjunction with Ancient Arts Midwifery Institute. She is a preceptor & mentor to our amazing student midwives and helps to prepare students for community midwives in the area.

  • National American Registry of Midwives / PEP Apprenticeship Program
  • National American Registry of Midwives Bridge Certificate
  • National American Registry of Midwives Preceptor
  • Mercy in Action – Expected the Unexpected, Emergency Birth Skills
  • B.E.S.T – Birth Emergency Skills Training
  • Breech Pro – Breech without Borders
  • Breech & Twins Master Class – Breech without Borders
  • Reteach The Breech, includes twins – Dr. Stu Fischbein, OB/GYN
  • Shoulder Dystocia – Spinning Babies
  • Breech – Spinning Babies
  • Twins & Breech Condefence – Beloved Holistics 
  • Empowering Midwifery Education – Multiple Advanced Courses
  • Advanced Midwifery with Midwifery Wisdom Collective Includes:
    1. Core Fetal Positioning
    2. AP Midwifery – Shoulder Dystocia
    3. AP Midwifery – Preventing & Treating Hemorrhage
    4. AP Midwifery – Labor Encouragement Techniques
    5. AP Midwifery – Suturing After Birth
    6. AP Midwifery – Emergency Breech Birth
    7. AP Midwifery – Fetal Heart Monitoring
    8. Ultrasound Basics for Midwives
    9. In the Field: Humanitarian Aid from a Midwifery Perspective
    10. Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • The Midwives Guide for Supporting Reproductive Journeys
  • Extensive Herbal Training, while also pursuing her Clinical Master Herbalist designation. (Heart of Herbs Herbal School) & (Science & Art of Herbalism)
  • Advanced courses in Anemia, Thyroid, Midwifery Labs from a functional medicine perspective & Fertility (Preconception included)
  • Over Easy – Manual rotation of the occiput posterior
  • Advanced Resuscitation of The Newborn
  • Integrative Resuscitation of The Newborn
  • Cultural Competency & Respect in the provision of Maternity Care
  • BLS ( Basic Life Saving )
  • Advanced Provider NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program)
  • Acupressure for Pregnancy Care, Labor Support & Postpartum Care
  • Lactation Counselor
  • And Many More! – Just Ask! 

Meet the team

THE incredible people that keep the wheels turning

Together we are here to help support you on your journey towards a beautiful birth experience.

Bernadette Herrington Certified Nurse Midwife

Bernadette Herrington

Certified Nurse Midwife

Bernadette is a nurse-midwife and an advanced practice registered nurse. She received a master’s degree in nurse-midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in 2020. After graduate school, she completed a six-month fellowship at Holy Family Birth Center in Weslaco, TX, and provided care to numerous women at a private clinic in San Antonio. As a certified nurse-midwife, Bernadette provides care to women from adolescence to menopause and newborn babies. In addition, she enjoys educating and assisting women in caring for themselves and their families and endorses the midwifery model of care for low-risk pregnant women who desire a natural birth experience. Bernadette moved to San Antonio in 2012 with her husband and son, and she spends her free time cooking, reading, walking, and shopping.”

  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • NRP Certified
  • BLS Certified
chelsea crawford student midwife

Chelsea Crawford

student midwife

Chelsea is a homeschooling and homesteading mother to 4, three daughters and a son and wife to James. She has almost 8 years of breastfeeding experience and has had 2 home births. She is driven to help mothers and babies have voices. She has a degree in Complimentary Alternative Medicine, specializing in herbal medicine, has her Master Herbalism, Master Aromatherapy and her RYT 200 Yoga Teaching. 

  • CPR and BLS Certified
  • NRP Certified
  • Breech Pro – Breech Without Borders
  • Breech & Twins Masterclass – Breech without borders
  • Lactation and Oral Function Course


Courtney Diggs

student midwife

Courtney is married to a wonderful husband and has two beautiful little girls. Midwifery is something that God called her to after a traumatic birth with her youngest. She knew that birth could be more. More peaceful, more parent-led, more personal and wanted to be part of the movement making it possible for women to experience that. She believes there is almost nothing more rewarding than watching women born into mamas, and babies born into their daddy’s arms or their mama’s hands surrounded by love. It’s an honor and a pleasure just to be able to be in that space.

  • CPR and BLS Certified
  • NRP  Certified
  • Certified in Phlebotomy
  • Skillz and Drillz via Midwifery Wisdom Collective Experience
  • Lactation and Oral Function Course
  • 30 births attended *and counting!

Esther Ramiraz Dulce Birth Center Texas

Esther Ramirez

secretary, notary

Esther is a Christian and wife to Daniel. She was one of the eldest children of a large family and always around sweet babies. She completed her Doula certification through Childbirth International at 18. She has worked alongside Anita since the age of 16, and has truly enjoyed working with birthing mothers. She is currently pursuing a degree in nutrition and her desire is to continue to guide mothers on their walk.


Triston Persinger

Student Midwife, In-House Doula

Triston is a wife and mother of five. Her children range in age from 1 to 19 years old. Her family is excited to be retiring to the area after her husband’s 26 year military career. Triston has served the community for the last five years both in and out of the hospital as a doula in multiple specialties. She also provides one-on-one childbirth education on top of working as a birth assistant. She serves the women of our community in the way Jesus has led her, with kindness, compassion and skill. When she’s not at her clients’ side she can be found outside with her family camping, grilling, and fishing.” 

  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • NRP Certified
  • BLS Certified
  • Certified Doula
  • Still Birthday Training
  • Rebozzo Training
  • Certified Newborn Hearing Screen Practitioner
  • TENS Unit Trained
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Certified
  • Breastfeeding and Lactation Trained
  • Postpartum Nutrition trained
  • Social and Socio-Economic Injustice in Birth Training
  • Emergency Birth Skills
  • Breech Pro – Breech Without Borders
  • Breech & Twins Masterclass Breech without Borders

Amanda Wloka

Birth Assistant, Receptionist

Amanda is both a small business owner and a birth worker in the community serving women through birth photography and videography services, placenta encapsulation and assisting at births. Amanda is a wife, mother, and Christ-follower. Everything she does flows from those three relationships (and they’re what make her so good at what she does). She is a crunchy momma with a deep love for reading and spending time in the sun.” 

  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • NRP Certified
  • BLS Certified

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