Midwives

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  • Anjli Hinman, CNM, FNP, MPH
    Executive Director and Midwife

    Anjli was born and raised in Michigan, growing up knowing that she wanted to spend her life making the world a better place. She has made it her mission to improve healthcare and quality of life across the globe, empower ideas and change, and never stop fighting for a just cause. Being a midwife, she feels she gets to do this everyday by helping to bring children, our future, into this world in the safest, most loving way possible.

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  • Crystal Bailey, CNM
    Midwife

    Crystal brings her experience of attending over 1000 births to Atlanta Birth Center. “Birth and babies have taught me over and over that all they need is gentle support, calm presence and keen observation, with the ability to help in those few cases that need our skilled hands and interventions. I have not seen more and become more scared; instead, I have become more aware of the sacred and filled with respect for an innate process. Therefore, I cannot think of a better thing for Atlanta than to have a space where we can protect birth and babies and the very soulful experience that is this journey.”

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  • Erin Graham, CNM
    Midwife

    Born and raised in Tennessee, Erin has always had a touch of wanderlust, having lived in various cities across the North Eastern United States including Washington, D.C., New York City, Atlanta, and Savannah, GA. Long before discovering midwifery, she began her academic career as a musical theatre major at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where she honed her singing, dancing and acting skills in preparation for the career in performing arts she believed she would be pursuing.

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  • Vanessa Treaster, CNM, DNP
    Midwife

    Vanessa is an Atlanta native who grew up knowing she was called to help others. At a young age, she recognized her desire to be a midwife and began working tirelessly towards her goal to help women obtain the healthcare they desire, while striving to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes.

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  • Sara Edwards, CNM, MPH
    Midwife

    Sara always knew she was going to be a midwife. As a young girl, she was fascinated by pregnant mothers and loved babies. She wanted to take care of them but wasn’t interested in being a doctor. She wanted to provide holistic care. Buried in her local library stacks, she discovered a cache of feminist books on women’s health and childbirth. It was there that she became sure that her calling was midwifery.

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Nurses

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  • Sandi Angotti, RN
    Nurse Manager

    Sandi Angotti has a passion for birth. As a child, her mother’s account of Sandi’s birth enthralled and inspired her. The youngest of four children, Sandi was born breech, which her mother described as something special, a great victory, and her most difficult and rewarding accomplishment. That story, combined with a larger-than-life view of her paternal grandmother, a midwife who was said to deliver over 1,000 babies in the 1920s and 30s, lead to a curiosity about and reverence for birth that became a guiding force in her career.

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  • Shoshanah Blaiss, RN
    Birth Center Nurse

    Hi! My name is Shoshanah and I am thrilled to be a part of the Atlanta Birth Center family! When I first went to college I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician, but after a few years working as an EMT (and then a paramedic), I discovered my love for nursing. I became a nurse in 2008 and immediately began working in the busiest ER in town. It was a great learning experience, but it wasn't my passion.

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  • Christy Watkins, RN
    Birth Center Nurse

    Hello! My name is Christy Watkins and I have been an RN for the past 11 years with experience in
    emergency and critical care nursing. I have had the honor of spending much of that time caring for
    children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Through my experience in pediatrics, I have learned that I am absolutely passionate about caring for families as a whole unique unit.

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  • Natalie Whitworth, CNM
    Birth Center Nurse

    Natalie is a Georgia native who is passionate about making our community a safe and nurturing place to birth. She knew she wanted to be a midwife since the age of 17. She completed her nursing education at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University and practiced as a nurse since 2008 in postpartum, newborn, neonatal intensive care, and high risk perinatology. She spent several years assisting at home births. She was Atlanta Medical and Intown Midwifery's first midwife student and studied under Anjli Hinman, Margaret Strickhouser, and Brad Bootstaylor. In 2012 she graduated with her Master's from Frontier Nursing University and opened her own home birth practice. In late 2015 she became a part of Covington Women's Health Specialists delivering out of Piedmont Newton where she was able to serve her hometown community. In mid-2016 she also began working in Spanish-speaking clinics in Atlanta.

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  • Layne Lindemann, RN
    Birth Center Nurse

    Born in California, Layne knew from a young age that she loved knowing “why”. Her many questions gradually developed into a more focused “but why does the body do this, and how”. Fast-forward to 2007 while she was attending nursing school at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University, when she attended her first OB clinical at Northside. From that point on, her “how” and “why” questions kept coming back to pregnancy and birth. Knowing what she wanted to do, and that she wanted to help change things for the better, she became involved wherever she could in order to help. She served on the Georgia Association of Nursing Students board as 1st Vice President, was awarded the school’s honored Heritage Award, and received a scholarship with Northside Hospital where she began working in Labor and Delivery in 2009.

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  • Mandi Parrish, RN
    Birth Center Nurse

    Mandi’s love for pregnancy, childbirth, and growing families began with the birth of her two younger siblings when she was a pre-teen. She was very involved in her mother’s pregnancies and was present for both births. In her eyes, these births were nothing short of miraculous, and those experiences started her down the path of women’s health nursing. Mandi has attended over 1000 births as a labor and delivery nurse since 2007 at two of the biggest, busiest labor and delivery units in the country (and a smaller, not so busy one in between).

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  • Augustina Delaney, CNM, PhD
    Birth Center Nurse

    Augustina grew up in Montana and was always drawn to healthcare, but was uncertain of the specific area she wanted to pursue. She has always loved being around mothers and babies, but it was not until working in Cambodia that found herself being called to midwifery. It was there she first came in contact with the inspiring work midwives were doing to improve the health and wellbeing of women and their families worldwide. The holistic approach to caring for women and their families that is essential to midwifery resonated with Augustina’s personal beliefs. Looking back she wonders why she didn’t pursue midwifery sooner. She moved to Atlanta in 2011 to being nursing school at Emory University and completed both her midwifery education and PhD in nursing in 2016. During her time in Atlanta, she has loved seeing the Atlanta Birth Center grow from a dream to a reality and is thrilled to be serving as a part of the team.

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  • Joline Milord, RN
    Birth Center Nurse

    Joline was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Georgia in 2003. As a young, single mother of two small daughters, she put herself through nursing school at Georgia Perimeter College where she obtained her Associates Degree in Science and Nursing to become a Registered Nurse. Upon graduating, she worked as a Postpartum Nurse at Dekalb Medical and later went on to becoming the Clinical Director at Feminist Women's Health Center for 5 years. Her passion for Women's Health and advocacy led her to receive additional training as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for both Pediatrics and Adults.

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  • Christine Higgins, RN
    Birth Center Nurse, Midwife-in-Training

    Christine began her nursing career over four years ago in New York working with newborn babies who required acute care in the same Neonatal ICU that she herself needed after birth! Her clinical experience with both critically ill infants, and later children in the Pediatric ICU, demonstrated to her the importance of family-centered therapy and excellent prenatal care. At the beginning of 2016 she took her nursing knowledge abroad and worked for UNICEF Australia to facilitate increased public awareness of international health crises impacting children. With the goal to improve care within the maternal-child health sector, particularly for adolescent mothers, Christine enrolled at Emory University studying on the dual-degree Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife track.

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  • Kate Dirks, RN
    Birth Center Nurse, Midwife-In-Training

    Kate is a student in the Family Nurse Practitioner/Certified Nurse Midwife program at Emory University. She is a passionate advocate for women’s health, and believes it is central to the well-being of our families and communities. She feels called to empower women through their experiences of health care, pregnancy, and birth. Kate serves as President for Health Students Taking Action Together, Inc. (HSTAT), a student-run non-profit that advocates for social justice and improved health policy in Georgia. She is honored to be active in the birth center as a birth assistant and as a midwife-in-training, and is continually inspired by the women she serves.