Board of Directors

Tamara Taitt, M.A., L.M.F.T., L.M.

A licensed marriage and family therapist who trained as a midwife in the Miami Dade College program before it closed, Tamara has a varied background in women’s reproductive health activism and has been working in maternal, infant and child health for the last decade. Tamara has a deep interest in the sustainability of the midwifery profession and politics as it relates to birth. She was the Southeast representative on the board of the Midwives Alliance of North America for seven years. Tamara currently serves on the board of the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery and is the co-owner/founder of a group of birth-related businesses in Miami, including: The Gathering Place, a pregnancy and parenting resource center; Peapod Essentials, a natural parenting store; Blue Mountain Midwives, a home birth practice and non-profit Project Motherpath.

Sylvia Paluzzi

Sylvia is the founder and Director of Morning Meadow Preschool and Kindergarten, a Waldorf based early childhood program.  Ms. Paluzzi has been working with children for 25 years and has been educated at the University of Florida as well as receiving her degree as a Waldorf educator in Early Childhood from SunBridge College in New York.  Ms. Paluzzi was the founding member of the Friends of Midwives Gainesville chapter and served as president for ten years. FOM is a grass roots organization dedicated to informing families on all birth options available.  She has 3 sons, all brought into the world by the loving care of a licensed midwife.

CHarlie Rae Young, LM, CPM, CLC

Charlie Rae Young, is a graduate of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery and Florida Licensed Midwife (MW276). A Florida native, Charlie was called to Midwifery after her own experience with the over-medicalized model of childbirth. She began her service as a doula by founding Barefoot Birth in 2008, and has worked as a strong advocate for better care for families alongside the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, The Birth Survey, The Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery, and others. She has attended hundreds of births over the last 11 years, filling a niche with naturally-minded families as well as those who are often marginalized from conventional medical care due to social stigma. She has written for and been featured in SQUAT Birth Journal, Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Tribune, FOCUS Magazine, Radical Doula Blog, and been interviewed for the Tampa NBC Affiliate for her community projects The Barefoot Bus--a fully mobile prenatal care unit operating under the easy access model of care as well as her 501c3 The Community Roots Collective. Charlie's belief is that every family deserves safe and quality care, and hopes to continue to build stronger communities through beautiful births.

Abby Reichardt, LM, CLC

Abby Reichardt is a lifelong local of the Gainesville area. In 2018 she became credentialed as a Florida Licensed Midwife, but has been working with the Midwives Cooperative since 2015 as a student midwife and childbirth educator. Abby also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). She has been a birth worker locally since 2010 and enjoys providing a supportive community for families to grow and flourish. She holds the vision of offering families choice in birth setting, and providing safe, nurturing, and evidence-based care. In her spare time, Abby likes to be with her loving family and friends, takes refuge in the rivers and springs of North Central Florida, and also spends time advocating for the environment and Florida licensed midwifery. She has an incredibly supportive husband and a son and daughter who were born at home.