Midwives

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

    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, PhD
    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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  • Stacy Ulmer, CNM
    Midwife

    Stacy was born in South Florida and has lived in the southeast most of her life. She was drawn to healthcare from a young age and knew she wanted to help others, but unsure of what path she wanted to take. During her travel abroad opportunities to East Africa, South America, and Haiti, she realized her specialty and passion was working with and empowering women. Stacy initially graduated with honors from Georgia Southern University with bachelors in Biology. After her undergraduate degree, she continued her education at Medical College of Georgia and received a Masters in Nursing. From there, Stacy worked as an Emergency Department nurse in Charleston, SC; it was a great experience but she knew being a midwife was her goal. She moved to Denver in 2012 and completed a post-masters certificate in Nurse-Midwifery at the University of Colorado. Since then, Stacy has worked at a private practice in the Atlanta area. She has always recognized the importance of family-centered, holistic care and quickly realized that her passion lied in an out of hospital setting. This was reinforced with her own wonderful experience of the birth of her second daughter at Atlanta Birth Center.

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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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  • Lorie Bounds, CNM
    PRN (Help as needed!) Midwife

    Lorie earned her ADN at Southwestern Michigan College in 1999 and after working in L&D for over 8 years, she felt called to continue her education and go into midwifery to have an opportunity to reach out to the underserved through missions. She completed her BSN at Goshen College in 2009 and then became a graduate of Frontier Nursing University with her MSN in Midwifery in 2012.

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  • Pandora Hardtman, CNM, DNP, FACNM
    PRN (Help as needed!) Midwife

    Pandora, born and raised on the islands of Bermuda, has spent the last two decades plus as a midwife caring for women from all over the world delivering babies on 4 continents. She obtained a BSc in Nursing from John Hopkins University, a MSc in Nursing from the University of California Los Angeles, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from University of Alabama. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nurse Midwives serving on the Government Affairs Committee and locally on the Georgia Affiliate Legislative Committee.

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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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  • Christine Taylor, CNM
    PRN (helps as needed!) Midwife

    Christine Taylor, Certified Nurse Midwife, is a Chicago native. She relocated to Atlanta in July 2014 and is a graduate of Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia University. Christine has practiced midwifery in a variety of settings, all of which have prepared her with the necessary knowledge and skills required to support women in alternative birth settings, including home birth. Christine has an innate passion for caring for women and provides highly intuitive care during natural laboring and birth processes.

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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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  • Kimberly Spence-Jensen, RN, IBCLC
    Midwife In-Training

    Kimberly is originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she studied Human Biology and lactation consulting. She worked at UNC Womens’ Hospital for several years supporting women as they met their breastfeeding goals and working with infants in NICU as they grew and learned to eat. In order to expand her ability to serve women at this unique time in their lives she moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University for nurse midwifery. She feels it is an immense honor to witness women bringing their babies into the world. Ultimately, she aspires to honor physiologic birth, reduce maternal mortality around the world and walk with women from preconception through breastfeeding and beyond. She feels incredibly blessed to be able to learn from the other nurses, midwives and clients at Atlanta Birth Center and witness this sacred place become a reality.

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  • Colette Long, RN, SNM
    Midwife In-Training

    Colette grew up in California, but Emory’s Family Nurse Practitioner/Certified Nurse Midwife program brought her out to Atlanta, three years ago. Prior to studying at Emory, she received a degree in nutrition science, which is where she fell in love with maternal and child health. At this same time, she also worked as a crisis counselor for survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault and realized some of the ways the healthcare system was failing women and other minority groups. Upon hearing about the philosophy behind midwifery care, she felt she had found her place; a way to become a healthcare provider with values she can stand by. Colette is beyond thrilled to be a midwife-in-training at Atlanta Birth Center, knowing she will be learning from the whole team how to live out the core values that make up respectful maternity care.

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  • Shoshanah Blaiss, RN, SNM
    Midwife In-Training

    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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