Midwives & Nurse Practitioner

The word “midwife” means “with woman.” A Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) is trained as a nurse and as a midwife. Most CNMs have Master’s degrees, and all are certified by examination through The American College of Nurse Midwives. CNMs at The Midwife Center are licensed by the state of Pennsylvania Board of Medicine and carry malpractice insurance.

Many people think that midwives only help women have babies, but midwives also provide primary gynecological care and family planning to clients during all stages of life, from puberty through menopause.

Our midwives and Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) have a combined total of more than 40 years experience.

Scroll down to learn about our current midwifery and nurse practitioner students.

Amanda S StaffAmanda Shafton, CNM, MSN: Amanda was The Midwife Center’s eighth Ruth Brexendorf Stifel Fellow and is now a staff midwife. Amanda relocated to Pittsburgh from Madison, Wisconsin. She received her Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned her Masters degree at Marquette University.

Amanda was called to midwifery at an early age, after being part of her brother’s birth when she was 10 years old. She strongly believes that women should be in control of their health care, and enjoys educating women and supporting their decisions.

Amanda has worked as a camp nurse and in home health providing nursing care to individuals with disabilities. She also worked as a doula throughout midwifery school providing childbirth education and labor support.

Midwife Ann M StaffAnn McCarthy, CNM, MSN, Clinical Director: Ann has nursing and midwifery degrees from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After becoming a registered nurse, Ann volunteered at Holy Family Services Birth Center in Weslaco, Texas where she fell in love with out-of-hospital birth and the Hispanic population.

Ann enjoys practicing true woman-centered care and working with under-served populations. She runs our walk-in program for Spanish-speaking women, Con Mujeres, every first Friday of the month. Ann joined the practice in September 2004 and has served as Clinical Director since 2010.

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Ann (“Ana”) tiene licenciaturas en enfermería y partería de Marquette University en Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Después de hacerse una enfermera registrada, Ann era voluntaria para Holy Family Services Birth Center (centro de partería) en Weslaco, Texas, donde se enamoró con nacimiento fuera del hospital y con la población hispánica.

Ann disfruta de proveer atención realmente centrada en la mujer, y de trabajar con poblaciones insuficientemente atendidas. Ella maneja la Con Mujeres sesión para mujeres hispanohablantes, la que ocurre el primer viernes de cada mes. Ann se unió con el centro en septiembre de 2004 y ha servido como Directora Clínica desde 2010.

NP Dana StaffDana Minucci Bloomburg, CRNP, MSN: Dana received her nursing degree (BSN) at the University of Pittsburgh and her Nurse Practitioner degree (MSN) at Carlow University. Dana joined The Midwife Center in 2009. In 2012, she obtained a Professional Development Certificate in Family Planning Services from Arcadia University.

Dana’s women’s health experience prior to The Midwife Center includes being a Labor and Delivery nurse at a Level III hospital, instructing BSN students’ obstetrical clinical rotations, and working in an OB/GYN private practice as a Nurse Practitioner.

Dana is a Pittsburgh native who enjoys spending time with her husband, son and pug dog. She enjoys walking and traveling.

Midwife Emily StaffEmily McGahey, CNM, MSN: Emily received her undergraduate nursing degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. After graduating, she moved home to Colorado and worked for three years as a Labor and Delivery nurse in a large tertiary care center before deciding to go back to school to become a midwife at the University of New Mexico. There she was able to learn from great teachers and preceptors in a variety of different settings including an out-of-hospital birth center.

Emily joined the practice in August of 2011 as the second Ruth Brexendorf Stifel Fellow and became a full-time CNM here in March 2012. She is committed to providing a variety of birthing options to women and families from various backgrounds. She is grateful to be practicing at TMC where midwives are able to provide truly woman-centered care that empowers women here in Pittsburgh.

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Emily recibió su licenciatura de enfermería de Creighton University en Omaha, Nebraska. Después de graduarse, se trasladó a Colorado y trabajó por 3 años como una enfermera de parto y alumbramiento en un centro grande de atención terciaria antes de volver a estudiar para hacerse partera en la Universidad de New Mexico. Ahí tenía la oportunidad de estudiar con profesores y preceptores excelentes en una variedad de entornos, incluso un centro de maternidad fuera de hospital.

Emily se unió con TMC en agosto de 2011 como la segunda colega de la beca de Ruth Brexendorf Stifel y se hació partera de jornada completa aquí en marzo de 2012. Ella está dedicada a proveer una variedad de opciones de parto para mujeres y sus familias de orígenes diversos. Ella está agradecida por poder practicar en TMC donde las parteras están capaz de proveer atención verdaderamente centrada en la mujer, la que apodera a las mujeres aquí en Pittsburgh.

Jatolloa Midwife StaffJatolloa Davis, CNM, MSN, Ruth Brexendorf Stifel Fellow: Jatolloa was The Midwife Center’s 10th Ruth Brexendorf Stifel Fellow and is now a staff midwife. Jatolloa’s connection to TMC began in 2008 when she was a nursing student at the University of Pittsburgh. She volunteered at TMC entering data about client births, then later, completed her community clinical assisting the midwives and NP’s with the “With Woman Fridays” program. After graduation in 2010, she worked as an RN in Philadelphia, then went on to complete her Masters in Nurse-Midwifery at the University of Pennsylvania. Jatolloa was a student midwife at TMC in late 2014, then began her midwifery fellowship in March 2015. She became a staff midwife in January 2016.

Jatolloa says: “I am still astonished that I am returning as a midwife to the place where I started as a volunteer seven years ago, just hoping to be surrounded by the energy of birth and supporting women. Now I am apart of that community. It feels so right. And I am absolutely humbled by the experience. I’m grateful to the women and families who allow me into their world at such an important and vulnerable time.”

KaraforWebsite2013Kara Peterson, CNM, MSN: Kara has worked at The Midwife Center since 2004. She spent five years working as a birth assistant RN. During that time, she worked during With Woman Fridays and developed the breastfeeding follow-up program (now called Postpartum Phone Counseling). She also started a Cesarean Awareness and VBAC support group that operated out of TMC for a number of years. After graduating from Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, she joined the practice as a CNM in 2009. Her previous nursing experience was in cardiology.

Kara believes that when women are healthy and birth is normal, the safest place to deliver is in a birthing center. She feels privileged to work with nurses, midwives and staff who are dedicated to serving women and their families. Kara has lived in Pittsburgh most of her life, and resides with husband Dave and four children, Jack, Emma, Denny and Netta.

NiaG for WebsiteNia Graziano, CNM, MSN, Ruth Brexendorf Stifel Fellow: Nia is The Midwife Center’s 11th fellow. She received her undergraduate nursing degree from West Virginia University in 2008. Following graduation, she worked seven years as a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse in both staff and travel positions from Pittsburgh to Arizona. After returning to Pittsburgh, she discovered The Midwife Center and the midwifery model of care while pregnant with her first son. It was then she knew she had found her true passion in caring for women and families. She received her master’s in nursing and midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in 2016.

The Midwife Center has played an important role in Nia’s life, both professionally and personally. She is honored to begin serving the women in her community as TMC’s newest Ruth Brexendorf Stifel Fellow. She is committed to using the beauty and art of midwifery to hold sacred the space that women allow her to enter to be present and part of such monumental moments in their lives.

Nicole Mutnansky WebsiteNicole Mutnansky, CNM, MSN: Nicole’s path to midwifery started as a BSN nursing student at Carlow University, when she shadowed a midwife for a day at TMC. Nicole went on to pursue her Masters in Nurse-Midwifery and post masters Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from Frontier Nursing University, and graduated in July 2016. Nicole was a student midwife at TMC, where she fell in love with the model of care the birth center provides and the wonderful families we serve.

Nicole has previous experience as a psychiatric nurse working primarily with women, as a community health nurse serving families in the area, and spent a short time as an RN at TMC. She is active in her community, and enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She believes that every woman should have access to the woman-centered care that TMC provides, and is dedicated to empowering women and supporting their decisions. Nicole does not attend births, but cares of both gynecological and prenatal clients in the office.

Midwife Theresa StaffTheresa Schmidt, CNM, MSN: Theresa’s first degree was in Elementary Education, and she worked briefly as a 4th grade teacher. She discovered midwifery while pregnant with her first child, and decided a career change was in order. After graduating from Shadyside School of Nursing, she began working as a labor & delivery nurse at Magee-Womens Hospital, and she also worked briefly as a nurse at The Midwife Center while completing her Masters in Nursing at Frontier School of Midwifery.

She believes that birth is a normal process that can be an empowering experience in a woman’s life. She feels privileged to attend births and share in such an amazing part of a couple’s lives. Theresa joined the practice as a CNM in 2010.

Current Students

ashley-i-for-websiteAshley Iverson, RN, BSN, Student Nurse-Midwife: Ashley earned her undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Colorado and is completing the nurse midwifery program at Frontier Nursing University. She has been a nurse at The Midwife Center for the last two years. The rest of her nursing experience has been in pediatric critical care, including three years in the cardiac ICU at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Ashley realized her passion for midwifery care during her own pregnancy and birth experiences. She and her husband now have four daughters—two of whom were born at TMC. Ashley is excited to be pursuing a career in midwifery and using her skills to empower women and families through her practice.