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Meet Our Midwives

Our Certified Nurse Midwives at Rochester Regional Health are independent women’s health care providers licensed by New York State and certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Midwives specialize in care during pregnancy, birth and after delivery. We also provide family planning and routine health care for women. We believe pregnancy and birth can be normal and empowering events in the life of a woman. And, we provide personal, respectful care for each woman and her family.

Meet our team below and call (585) 922-LINK (5465) to schedule a meet and greet or appointment today. 

Rochester Area Midwives

  • Midwife at Rochester Regional Health, Danielle Assibu-Gilmore.

    Danielle Assibu-Gilmore, MSN, CNM

    Seeing Patients At: Bay Creek Midwifery and the Women's Health at Rochester General Hospital

    I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at SUNY College at Brockport in 2008. I have worked as a critical care nurse for most of my nursing career. I received my Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2014 from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, then went on to complete my Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University.

    As a 17-year-old young woman, I had the privilege to be cared for by a women's health nurse practitioner. This interaction set a course for the rest of my life and inspired me to pursue nursing. It was during my time in nursing school being educated and mentored by professors who were also midwives that exposed me to the influence of midwifery. The first delivery I ever witnessed with a midwife was right here at Rochester General Hospital and I've been hooked ever since!
    As midwives, we are privileged to work with women when they are their most vulnerable. I love to work every day to protect and restore as much power and autonomy to the women we serve. Women who feel empowered, supported, and strong can do anything. It is my true belief that midwifery care can help women not only survive but also thrive!

    Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, snowboarding, camping, and exploring the hidden treasures of Rochester, NY.

  • Jama Bernard is a midwife at Rochester Regional Health.

    Jama Joy Bernard, MSN, CNM

    Seeing Patients At: Women's Health at Rochester General Hospital

    I consider it a great privilege to be a midwife. I am humbled every day by the strength of the women and families we serve. My life before nursing and midwifery was in public health and humanitarian work, which included two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique. I had the unique opportunity to work closely with Mozambican nurses and midwives, who inspired me to take this path. I completed midwifery training at Columbia University in New York City. My clinical experience has been at large urban hospitals, though I also had the opportunity to train at a rural Indian Health Services (IHS) hospital in New Mexico. I also earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Washington in Seattle.

    As midwives we are trained to listen to women, to educate and promote shared decision-making in clinical care. We help our clients navigate not only pregnancy and birth, but provide care throughout the lifespan to address all sexual and reproductive health needs. I love the continuity of care I get to provide as a midwife, from routine GYN to prenatal visits, managing labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care, breastfeeding support and beyond. I am also a LGBTQ+ friendly provider.

    My passions outside of work include travel, being in nature, yoga, reading.

  • Midwife at Rochester Regional Health, Davya Brody.

    Davya Brody, MSN, CNM

    Seeing Patients At: Anthony Jordan Health Center and Women's Health at Rochester General Hospital

    I am a Midwife who has over 14 years of experience in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. I have BS and MS degrees from the University of Rochester and a Post Masters MS from Jefferson University. I have been a Labor and Delivery nurse (Highland Hospital), a Nurse Practitioner in outpatient women's health (Lake Affect and Jordan Health) and now work as a Midwife for Rochester General. I continue to see patients in the Jordan Health office. I moved to Rochester in 1995 from my home town of Fairbanks, Alaska to obtain an MFA in fine art. I continue to draw, paint, carve wood and work in metal in my spare time. I also enjoy gardening, hiking with my dog and cross country skiing. Professionally, I am passionate about the value of making a patient/provider connection, patient advocacy, working as a team with my highly skilled nurse and physician colleagues and group prenatal care.

    I believe women and in women. I believe that the people I serve know their bodies and that it is my privilege as their provider to help them on their path to maximum wellness. I believe that prevention is the best medicine, that patient education is as valuable as provider listening and that pregnancy is, most often, a state of wellness. I believe that vaginal birth is normal and healthy and that my expertise in normal is what I can best offer to help my patients achieve that goal.

    Outside of work, I am passionate about wood carving, hiking, camping, painting and gardening.

  • Midwife at Rochester Regional Health, Catherine Burke.

    Catherine Burke, MSN, CNM

    Seeing Patients At: Bay Creek Midwifery and the Anthony Jordan Health Center

    I have been a midwife for 26 years and am still in awe of the miracle of pregnancy and birth. I am passionate about educating women about their bodies and empowering them to live healthier and more balanced lives. My goal is a holistic integration of the body, mind, and spirit. During prenatal care I seek to develop a relationship with pregnant women and their families in order to help them tailor the birth experience to meet their individual needs and desires, while at the same time acknowledging that birth is dynamic and there are many factors which are beyond our control.

    I earned my undergraduate degree from Boston College, my Master’s degree from Pace University, and my Midwifery certification from the University of Southern California. I lived and worked in Latin America for 6 years and am fluent in Spanish. I joined Rochester Regional Health in 2017 and am thrilled to be a part of the Midwifery Group at Bay Creek and the Ob/Gyn team at Anthony Jordan Health Center. I especially enjoy working with teens and immigrant families. In my free time, I am an outdoor enthusiast. I love to hike, bike, travel, and play board games with my husband and four children.

  • Bethany Fjeldheim, MSN, CNM

    Seeing Patients At: Bay Creek Midwifery and The Women's Center at Clinton Crossings

    Originally from Illinois, I worked an Emergency Medical Technician in Chicago while earning a BS in Biology with a minor in Bioethics from Loyola University. I went on for my Masters of Science in Nursing at Vanderbilt University where I specialized in Nurse-Midwifery and also as a Family Nurse Practitioner. As the co-director of the Shade Tree Early Pregnancy Program in Nashville, I worked to provide initial prenatal visits for uninsured or underinsured women throughout Middle Tennessee. Today, I'm both a faculty member and nurse-midwife at The Women's Health Center at Clinton and Rochester Regional Health Midwifery Group at Bay Creek. During pregnancy and birth, I believe in non-intervention in absence of complication. Throughout the lifespan, I believe in empowering and educating women to be advocates for their health, and the health of their families and their communities. I am excited to stand with you!

    As a midwife, my philosophy of care is true to the definition of midwifery: to be with women. I feel it is a true honor to participate in and partner with women to provide excellent care across the lifespan.

    My personal interests include kayaking, camping, hiking, traveling, and reading whatever I can get my hands on.

  • Assanna Iddrissu is a midwife at Rochester Regional Health.

    Assantu Iddrissu, MSN, CNM

    Seeing Patients At: Bay Creek Midwifery and The Women's Center at Alexander Park

    I was born and raised in West Africa, Ghana to be specific. I moved to the United States in December of 2003. I worked as a registered nurse since 2007 in areas of long term care, home care, and labor and delivery. I went back to school in 2015 for my master's degree in nursing at The Ohio State University in Ohio, where I had my midwifery and women's health nurse practitioner degrees. I moved to Rochester in May, 2017. I am married with three beautiful children. My first son is 11 years old in 6th grade, and my two daughters are 9 and 5, in 4th grade and kindergarten respectively. I am outgoing and always excited to meet my patients.

    A good healthy state is fundamental to everyone woman's dreams and aspirations. My goal is to keep women healthy, support and help them make healthy decisions throughout their life span.

    My personal interests include vooking, going to the movies, shopping, and hanging out with my three beautiful children and my hubby.

  • Rosemary Janofsky is a midwife at Rochester Regional Health.

    Rosemary Janofsky, MSN, CNM

    Delivers At: Rochester General Hospital

  • Robin MacIntyre, MSN, CNM

    Seeing Patients At: Bay Creek Midwifery and The Women's Center at Victor

    My goal is to provide safe, satisfying and cost-effective healthcare to women from puberty to postmenopause within the Midwifery scope of practice and to consult and collaborate with physicians/providers to facilitate healthcare for women whose needs excel Midwifery scope of practice. Outside of my work, I am passionate about mission work associated with the Presbyterian Church, including mission trips to Mexico annually since 1997. I am also a preceptor for student and new graduate midwives and am passionate about music, my grandchildren and gardening.

Eastern Region Midwives

  • Kathleen Hausman, CNM

    Seeing patients At: Rochester Regional Health Eastern Region

    I went back to school to become a midwife after several years of being a labor and delivery nurse as I wanted to be able to make a difference in their experience before they came into labor and delivery. My focus is on education and supporting women through their life time in relation to their health. I've been working in obstetrics for 30 years as RN and then CNM. It is a privilege to be present as birth!

    I am motivated to help women through education and advocacy to allow them to be the healthiest they can be.

    Outside of work, I am passionate about reading, gardening, spending time with family and enjoying the outdoors.