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Meet Our Midwives

The word “midwife” originates from the phrase “with woman,” and we believe that perfectly summarizes the role that our midwives play in the care of their patients.

Certified Nurse Midwives specialize in the care of women during pregnancy, birth, and after delivery. In addition, midwives also provide family planning and routine health care for women.

Midwives have masters-level education, board certification and a state license to practice. We see patients in the clinic for women’s health annual check-ups, for birth control management, as well as for prenatal and postpartum care. At our hospital practice, we admit clients, manage their labors and help them deliver their babies safely. We also prescribe medications, insert intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, provide breastfeeding support and even perform circumcisions. We work in a team with our labor and delivery nurses and our Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) surgeon colleagues, who are available 24/7. A midwife’s services are covered by insurance.

The 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.

Our expert team of Midwives are available to serve patients throughout the Greater Rochester and are ready to provide compassionate, personalized care to women at all stages of life.

Rochester Area Midwives

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    Khadra Abdi, MSN, CNM

    Seeing Patients At: Midwifery Group at Bay Creek and The Women’s Center at Rochester General Hospital Education & Training: • BS, Nursing, Otterbein University • MS, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Ohio State University • Post-Masters Certificate, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Ohio State University I’m originally from Somalia but have lived in the United States most of my life. I worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a patient care technician while earning my Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Otterbein University, and then worked as a registered nurse at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and cared for acute brain and spinal cord injury patients. I moved to Rochester in April of 2019. I love working with women and helping care for women in every aspect of health. I’m a strong believer in helping women become advocates for their health. I’m passionate about missionary work and love to help underserved communities. I traveled to Honduras for missionary trips during my graduate midwifery studies and helped care for women in need of healthcare services including gynecological care.

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    Assanatu Iddrissu, MSN, CNM

    Seeing Patients At: Bay Creek Midwifery and The Women’s Center at Alexander Park Education & Training: • BA, Nursing, University of Ghana • MSN, Midwifery, Ohio State University • MSN, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Ohio State University I was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. I moved to the United States in December of 2003 and in 2007, started working as a registered nurse in the areas of long term care, home care, and labor and delivery. In 2015, I went back to school and earned my midwifery and women’s health nurse practitioner degrees. I moved to Rochester in 2017 and am married with three beautiful children. I am outgoing and always excited to meet my patients. I believe that a good healthy state is fundamental to every woman’s dreams and aspirations. My goal is to keep women healthy, to support them, and help them make healthy decisions throughout their lifespan.

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    Aloriba Brit, MSN, CNM

    Seeing Patients At: Midwifery Group at Bay Creek and The Women’s Center at Rochester General Hospital Education & Training: • ADN, Ohio State Community College • BSN, Kaplan University • MSN, Midwifery, The Ohio State University College of Nursing • MSN, Women's Health Practitioner, The Ohio State University College of Nursing I relocated to the United States from Ghana, West-Africa in 2003. For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to care for women and their infants. During my clinical rotation in nursing school, I had a delivery with a midwife, and that was it for me - I knew what I wanted to do. I went on to become a labor and delivery nurse for 5 years at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, after having been a medical-surgical nurse for 5 years prior. As a labor and delivery nurse, I worked with several midwives and I very much enjoyed the support they provided to their patients, the low medical interventions, and the great delivery outcomes. I furthered my education at The Ohio State University College of Nursing and earned my degree in Midwifery and Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health. I relocated from Columbus, Ohio to Rochester New York to join the wonderful midwifery group at RGH. I enjoy working with women and providing a safe environment throughout puberty, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and menopause. My goal is to strive for healthy mothers and babies, and also healthy families.

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    Davya Brody, MSN, CNM

    Seeing Patients At: Anthony Jordan Health Center and Bay Creek Midwifery Education & Training: • BS, Nursing University of Rochester • MS, Adult Nurse Practitioner specializing in Women’s Health, University of Rochester • MS, Midwifery, Jefferson University I am a Midwife with over 14 years of experience in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. 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 providing 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.

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    Bethany Fjeldheim, MSN, CNM, FNP

    Seeing Patients At: Bay Creek Midwifery and The Women’s Center at Clinton Education & Training: • BS, Biology, Loyola University • MSN, Midwifery and Family Nurse Practitioner, Vanderbilt University Originally from Illinois, I worked as an Emergency Medical Technician in Chicago while earning my Bachelor’s degree in Biology. I then went on to specialize in Nurse-Midwifery and earned my Masters as a Family Nurse Practitioner before becoming the co-director of the Shade Tree Early Pregnancy Program in Nashville, where I worked to provide initial prenatal visits for uninsured or underinsured women throughout Middle Tennessee. During pregnancy and birth, I believe in empowering and educating women to be advocates for their health, as well as the health of their families and communities. 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 their lifespan.

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    Kathleen Gallery, MSN, CNM

    Seeing Patients At: Unity Hospital, Labor & Delivery

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    Sarah Goltzman, MSN, CNM

    Seeing Patients At: Bay Creek Midwifery and The Women’s Center at Rochester General Hospital Education & Training: • MSN, Emory University For as long as I can remember, I have been in complete awe of what women are capable of, especially when it comes to their health, pregnancy, and motherhood. While studying the biologic, social, and political aspects of healthcare in my undergraduate degree, I saw the power of midwifery and nursing and knew this is where I needed to be. I saw the impact this path has on both a systemic and personal level; to address health disparities affecting our world and to provide the holistic and evidence-based care that all women deserve. I am passionate about working as a team with patients to educate, empower, and support women to make informed decisions about their health. Seeing the power of this collaboration has been my greatest honor. My goal is to provide the safest space to be cared for, whether it be for your primary care visit or when you are giving birth!

  • Robin MacIntyre, MSN, CNM

    Seeing Patients At: Bay Creek Midwifery and The Women’s Center at Victor Education & Training: • BS, Nursing, Daemen College, NY • Certificate of Midwifery, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, KY • MSN, Nursing, Case Western University, OH 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 and providers to facilitate healthcare for women whose needs excel the Midwifery scope of practice. I believe in partnering with women and their families to better the health of whole communities.

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    Corinne Martin, MSN, CNM

    Seeing Patients At: Unity Hospital, Labor & Delivery Education & Training: • BS, Nursing, SUNY Utica, NY • MSN, Midwifery, Stony Brook University, NY When I was in high school in my hometown of Utica, NY, I participated in the New Visions program and observed my first delivery by a midwife – and that’s when I decided on this career. Before joining Rochester Regional Health, I worked in a private practice with 4 Midwives and 2 physicians, and I’m proud to say our c-section rate was 13% (much lower than the national average). I then moved to Rochester and have been practicing as a midwife with Rochester Regional Health for over 15 years. I enjoy working with women during their labor and providing the safest possible care for them and their babies. I believe all women should have a say in what happens with their bodies and during their births, and I strive to educate people on the roles of Midwives.

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    Christy Neese, MSN, CNM

    Seeing Patients At: Midwifery Group at Bay Creek and The Women's Center at Rochester General Hospital Education & Training: • BS, Nursing, Indiana Wesleyan University • MSN, Midwifery, Frontier Nursing University During my senior year of nursing school, I spent 4 months in Zambia as a study-abroad program, where I witnessed and participated in birth for the first time. I knew immediately that I wanted to pursue midwifery. Following graduation, I returned home to Montana and worked as an RN in labor, delivery, and postpartum while completing my midwifery degree. I then had the privilege of completing my midwifery clinical hours at a hospital on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. It was here that I saw and learned a deep trust in the natural cycle of a woman's life, the normalcy of birth, and a powerful model of women supported by midwives. I believe that women are the foundation of healthy families and healthy communities, and I am passionate about partnering with each woman to accomplish their wellness goals in pregnancy, birth, and beyond.

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    Beth Toly-Hughes

    Seeing Patients At: Brockport OB/GYN Education & Training: • AS, Nursing, Monroe Community College • BS, Nursing, Rochester Institute of Technology • MSN, Midwifery, Philadelphia University I am from Upstate New York and have lived in Rochester since graduating from RIT. Prior to becoming a midwife, I was actually a project manager in the photography industry until I experienced some personal struggles with fertility and had a life-changing delivery with a fantastic labor nurse. Following that experience, I decided to return to school to become a labor and delivery nurse myself. I attended Monroe Community College and worked as a patient care tech in the Special Care Nursery at Rochester General Hospital (RGH). After graduation, I ultimately made my way to Greece and Unity Hospital. After working in labor & delivery for many years, I realized I could have a positive impact on patients by supporting them throughout pregnancy and not just at delivery, so I made the decision to go back to school and become a midwife. I graduated from Philadelphia University in 2014 and have been happily caring for patients in the Unity OB/GYN office in Brockport since. My focus is to give my patients information, support, and the tools they need to be healthier and happier. I love being a midwife.

Eastern Region Midwives

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    Sara Schlageter, CNM, MSN

    Seeing Patients At: The Women’s Center at Newark, The Women's Health Center at Clifton Springs Education & Training: • BS, Nursing, Elmira College • MSN, Midwifery, Frontier Nursing University I was born at home into the hands of a midwife, so midwifery has been a part of my life from the very beginning. I was born and raised in the Finger Lakes and knew that I wanted to be a midwife while still in high school. After attending Elmira College, I worked at Geneva General Hospital in Medical Surgery before moving to Richmond, VA for a decade, where I worked in case management and attended Frontier Nursing University. I am so happy to be back in Upstate New York and feel honored and privileged to be providing care to women and their families throughout their lifetimes, including that special time of pregnancy and birth.

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    Naomi Schwartz, CNM

    Naomi A. Schwartz, CNM, is a Midwife specialist whose primary location is The Women's Center at Newark in Newark, NY.

Western Region Midwives

  • Midwife at Rochester Regional Health, Catherine Burke.

    Catherine Burke, MSN, CNM

    Education & Training: • BS, Nursing, Boston College • MSN, Pace University • Midwifery Certification, University of Southern California 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 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.

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    Rene Davis, CNM

    Rene L. Davis, CNM is an Advanced Practice Midwife specialist whose primary location is Perinatal Medicine at Batavia in Batavia, NY.

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