Meet Our Team

THE BIRTH EXPERIENCE YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR

Althea Hrdlichka, CPM
Midwife, Owner, and Clinical Director

Althea Hrdlichka is a Certified Professional Midwife licensed in Colorado, Wyoming and Arizona. After completion of her clinical training in Arizona and Northern Colorado, she graduated from National Midwifery Institute in October of 2016 and received her national licensure in February of 2017.

Althea started her solo homebirth practice in 2016 and shortly after began pursuing her dreams to open Northern Colorado’s first freestanding birth center, Tender Gifts Midwifery & Birth Center. Althea began her career as a birth and postpartum doula in 2009 after the birth of her 4th baby. Her drive for supporting families during the most precious times in their lives began after having a number of different birthing experiences herself, ending with the most perfect homebirth.

She has had the honor of attending over 500 births. Althea has helped the women in our community with preconception counseling, prenatal, birth, and postpartum care. Tender Gifts serves clients in Northern Colorado, Southern Wyoming and Nebraska.

Althea’s goal for Tender Gifts is to provide gentle, loving care to any and all clients, helping them have the birth experience they deserve.

BRECKLEN ABLES

Midwife

BRECKLEN ABLES midwife at Tender Gifts birth center fort collins

Brecklen Ables has joined Tender Gifts Midwifery as student midwife continuing the desire she has to serve birthing families in this community.

Brecklen’s passion for birth started when she was preparing for her first baby. She began learning anything and everything she could about pregnancy and birth: studying hypnobabies, watching her nutrition, and making a birth plan. That entire birth plan went wrong, ending in an unplanned cesarean. Meanwhile, her sister had a successful home birth with a midwife and doula. After that, she made hiring a doula the first thing she did when she became pregnant a second time. It was after experiencing that support first hand that she knew she wanted to start her path towards supporting women in birth by becoming a doula.

​Brecklen’s desire to support birthing families has now shifted from being a doula to becoming a midwife and she cannot wait to start her journey with Mercy in Action College of Midwifery so she can serve and learn from her community.

SHAY LUCAS

Midwife

Shay began nursing school with the intent of working labor and delivery. During that time, she went to El Salvador on a mission trip for 2 months and worked side by side with a community midwife. During her time there, her mind was changed for good, and she knew that community midwifery was the right path for her.

Therefore, she shifted gears and enrolled in Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, in Wisconsin. Shay worked with the Amish community in rural Indiana and Wisconsin. She has attended many different types of births, to include breech and twins. She graduated with her Direct Entry Midwifery degree and got her CPM in 2021 and moved to Colorado to work with Tender Gifts in December 2021.

Shay Lucas

VICTORIA FIORE

PRN Midwife

 Victoria Fiore is part of the Tender Gifts team as graduated from Mercy in Action College of Midwifery in 2018 after completing her clinical training at Mercy Birth Center and L’Abri Midwifery in Idaho.

Victoria was born at home and grew up in a culture where midwifery care and homebirth was the normal way of life.

​Inspired by what she witnessed, Victoria wanted to provide the midwifery model of care to the women and families of her own community. Victoria is excited to serve as a midwife in Northern Colorado.

Victoria’s role at Tender Gifts includes Clinical Manager, Student and Birth Assistant Coordinator, and Orientation Director. You can catch Victoria around the office with her daughter, Margot, in toe!

HEATHER ECKSTEIN

PRN Midwife

Shay Lucas

AUBREY MAST

PRN Midwife

AUBREY MAST certified professional midwife in colorado

Aubrey Mast is a Certified Professional Midwife licensed in Colorado. She graduated from Mercy in Action College of Midwifery in 2019 after completing her clinical training in Northern Colorado.

​​Aubrey finished her training with Tender Gifts Midwifery, where she went on to stay as a staff midwife. Aubrey found her passion for midwifery after attending the birth of her best friend’s baby, at home. While Aubrey first considered a career in nursing, she soon realized out of hospital midwifery was her calling. Aubrey has a passion to educate families and facilitate the birth they desire.



Admin Team

Chrystal Boulden

Admin Director

Rachel

Receptionist

Kelly Farah

Client Care Coordinator 

Birth and Clinical Assistants

The birth and clinical assistants at Tender Gifts are experienced in caring for prenatal, labor, postpartum patients. 

Shannon Fender, BSN

Shannon graduated with her BSN from New Mexico State University in 2020. She is originally from a small town in GA, but her husband of 7+ years is in the military, which is what brought them here. Shannon is excited to expand her knowledge of labor and birth by starting her masters next year in midwifery!

Bethany Melton

Sylvia Barlow

Doula Team

Tender Gifts is committed to equipping our clients with as many tools as possible to ensure an empowered and supported birth, postpartum, and bereavement care.  

Jessica Villella

Dawn Hager

Jessica Villella

Jessica Villella

Jesse Vandenburg

Brianna Spicka

Kayla Lundstedt, Fort Collins doula

Kayla Lundstedt

Sonographer

Jessica Villella

Kim Wagner