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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  • Lorie Bounds, CNM
    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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  • Shannan Healy, CNM
    Midwife Fellow

    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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  • Sandi Angotti, RN, SNM
    Midwife In Training

    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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  • Augustina Delaney, CNM, PhD
    PRN Midwife (Help as Needed)

    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 Midwife (Help as Needed) 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 Midwife (Help as Needed) 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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Nurses

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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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  • Natalie Whitworth, RN, CNM
    Birth Center Nurse

    Natalie is a Georgia native who is happy to be a part of the Atlanta Birth Center family caring for families. She attended Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer and became a nurse in 2008. She worked as a nurse in postpartum, newborn, NICU and high risk antepartum. She apprenticed with CPMs in the home birth setting for almost two years before returning to graduate school at Frontier Nursing University to complete her education as a Certified Nurse-Midwife. She ran her own home birth practice and later transitioned to the hospital setting, finally settling on the birth center model. She enjoys combining alternative therapies like laughter, herbs, hypnosis, reiki, yoga and prayer into her mainstream clinical practice. She is passionate about growing the profession of midwifery and has educated midwife students as well as undergraduate nurses.

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  • Zaire Sabb, RN
    Birth Center Nurse and Postpartum Homevisit Nurse

    Peace and Greetings! I am Zaire. I am a RN, Herbalist, and Birth Assistant. When I am not working at Atlanta Birth Center I am the Founder of Mystic Momma Holistic Doula Services where I serve as a Birth/Postpartum Doula, Lactation Educator, and Placenta Encapsulator. I am a mother of two boys and it was during the course of my nursing career that I began to see patterns of women being "railroaded" regarding the birthing process and suffering in postpartum. I decided to combine all of my knowledge/ skills and use it to help the others have a satisfying labor, birth, and breastfeeding experience and also promote a healthy postpartum period.

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  • Rachel Picher, RN
    Birth Center Nurse and Postpartum Homevisit Nurse

    Rachel is a Chicago native who has recently relocated to Decatur with her partner Kevin, and spunky cat, Biddy. She completed her first degree in gender and women’s studies at Scripps College, and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Florida. Rachel is currently a student in the Nurse Midwife program at Emory University and has nursing experience in births occurring in hospital, home, and birth center settings. Believing that all people deserve to feel safe and respected in pregnancy and birth, she is thrilled to be working alongside the passionate midwives and staff at Atlanta Birth Center, who make those values a reality for families every day.

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