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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  • 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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  • Nicole Madalon, CNM
    Midwife

    Nicole earned her BSN at Emory University in 2006 and is a 2013 graduate from Frontier Nursing University with her MSN in Midwifery. She originally arrived at Birth and Wellness Center in O’Fallon MO, from the Chicago area to complete a six month fellowship and loved it so much that she stayed for an additional two years! At Birth and Wellness Center, Nicole was able to serve women in the home, hospital, and birth center setting and was part of the first independent midwife practice and at that time, the only freestanding birth center in the state of Missouri. After two and half years serving women in the St. Louis area, Nicole and her family moved to the Tampa area to continue to support women in the hospital setting with USF Health. At USF, Nicole was able to help women achieve physiologic birth however; birth center and home birth are Nicole’s true passion and she is thrilled to be at Atlanta Birth Center and back to supporting women in the out of hospital setting. Nicole has been married for 24 years and has birthed two of her 5 children at home. She looks forward to helping you achieve an empowered birth experience and believes in fostering a relationship of shared-decision making.

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  • Augustina Delaney, CNM, PhD
    Midwife Fellow

    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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  • Crystal Bailey, CNM
    PRN (helps as needed!) Midwife and Birth Center Nurse

    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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  • Nicole Carlson, CNM, PhD
    PRN (helps as needed!) Midwife and Birth Center Nurse

    Nicole was born and raised in Georgia, and decided to leave her career as a social worker to become a midwife after experiencing the amazing power of being heard and cared for by a midwife during her first pregnancy. She went on to have both of her children with the help of midwives, learning through these experiences about the depths of her own strength as both a woman and a mother.

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  • Shannan Healey, RN, SNM
    Midwife In-Training

    From the moment Shannan learned about midwifery she felt called to this model of care. While completing her anthropology degree at Emory University, Shannan took part in a field course in Panama where she studied medicinal plants used during childbirth. Here, she was introduced to the integral role of a midwife. Drawn to the tradition and respect that are so naturally a part of midwifery care, Shannan began exploring her future in maternity care by gaining experience as a doula and training as a midwife assistant at The Farm. Her prior research background in predictive health also introduced her to the lifelong health benefits that a healthy pregnancy can have on an individual.

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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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  • Heather Phillips, RN
    Nurse Manager

    Heather grew up in sunny Southern California and the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. She knew, from the age of 6 that she was destined to be a nurse, always wanting to help. It wasn’t until she was pregnant with her 2nd daughter that she learned what midwifery care and the Birth Center model was. It was then that she realized her calling- to encourage, empower, and educate women. Heather brings with her 10 years of nursing experience in women’s health, labor and delivery, hospice, and end of life care. She is excited to bring her skill and knowledge to the Atlanta Birth Center team. Heather is a mother to 4 daughters and one son.

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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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  • 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
    Office Nurse Manager and Homevisit Coordinator

    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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  • Kareena Cumberbatch, RN
    Birth Center Nurse

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