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Team

Meet the family

Our Childbirth Class instructors, who are qualified, certified and practicing Nurse-Midwives, truly believe that knowledge is power and our goal is to help prepare and empower parents!

Sue

Co-founder, Certified Nurse-Midwife and Head of Childbirth Education

Sue is co-founder of The Baby Academy, Midwife, Childbirth Instructor and a busy Mom of two. With over 15 years’ experience Sue has worked in all areas of Midwifery such as Birthing Suite, Antenatal wards, Postnatal wards and currently manages The Antenatal Education Department in a large Maternity Hospital.

Dr. Elle

Certified Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Dr. Elle is an American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) Certified Midwife, Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, and a busy mom of 3 children! She began her midwifery education in 2011 at Philadelphia University and later obtained her Doctor in Midwifery from Thomas Jefferson University. She is a fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and committed to reducing racial and ethnic healthcare disparities among women. Elle is an advocate for midwives and women at the national and local levels with ACNM. She is passionate about lowering the infant and maternal mortality & morbidity rate through community engagement, education, and advocacy to empower women and their families and facilitate informed decisions about their care.

Odessa

Certified Nurse-Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Odessa has almost a decade of experience practising full-scope midwifery, including primary care, family planning, antenatal, intrapartum, postpartum care, plus many other aspects of midwifery. Odessa is also a guest lecturer for the midwifery education and nursing program at the NYU Rory Myers School of Nursing and conducts training for nurses as a consultant for the Department of Mental Health & Hygiene in her area.

Emily

Certified Nurse-Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Emily has been practicing as a full-scope certified nurse-midwife for over a decade having earned her master’s in midwifery from The Ohio State University. She is nationally board certified and has been lucky enough to “catch” almost 1,000 babies so far! Emily has experience attending births in both in a hospital setting and in a freestanding birth center. In 2019, she authored a journal article on the outcomes of water birth in the hospital, as well as a textbook chapter on evidence-based OB care. In 2020, she began a full-time faculty position and is now teaching certified nurse-midwife students. She places great value on patient education, whether during pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum, or well visits. Informed consent and shared decision making have always been cornerstones of her practice. She is committed to furthering equity in pregnancy care in the US in order to address racial disparities in pregnancy and infant outcomes.

Laura

Certified Nurse-Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Having obtained her Masters in Nursing, CNM and WHNP certifications in 2014, Laura has done a large portion of her training working in the area of homebirth, and after graduation attended births in the hospital setting.  Prior to then, she worked as a nurse and postpartum doula where she would educate new parents both in their homes and in the hospital setting regarding infant care, breastfeeding and postpartum care. Currently, Laura cares for patients within a large community health clinic providing family planning, women’s health, obstetric, and postpartum care with a sex-positive and body affirming approach. Her greatest joy in her practice comes from seeing the clients in her care feeling educated, heard and empowered.

Dr. Elyse

Certified Nurse-Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Dr. Elyse Cho graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduation, Elyse worked as an RN in a labor and delivery ward in a large hospital. With a special interest in breastfeeding and delayed cord clamping, Elyse graduated with honors Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Nurse-Midwifery soon after. Elyse believes pregnancy and birth are naturally beautiful and is passionate about providing supportive midwifery care to all women who desire it.  Elyse has experience at a public hospital, helped establish midwifery at a private practice and hospital, and has experienced home birth with her own children. Elyse lives and works in Texas with her daughter and their furry friends. In her free time, Elyse enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and baking, spending time at the beach, and traveling.

Cris

Certified Nurse-Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Cris has been a practicing Nurse Midwife for 28 years and a busy mom of 4 children! She has delivered well over a thousand babies during her career.  She spent several years doing a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Duke University.  Cris has practiced in all areas of women’s health at both large university medical centers, clinic settings, as well as private practice.  She is passionate about empowering women and helps them to realize their internal strength during pregnancy and delivery.

Allison

Certified Nurse-Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Allison began her midwifery career almost a decade ago after previously working as a registered nurse at one of the nation’s largest maternity hospitals for 4 years.  Since then, she has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and has experience in all areas of midwifery, including prenatal care, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum care, gynecological care, and family planning. Allison is passionate about educating expectant parents and enjoys providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to help  their transition into new parenthood.

Jannah

Certified Nurse-Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Jannah is a Nurse-Midwife with over a decade of experience and also a Mom of three. Having started as a birth doula for low-income families, Jannah went on to complete a BSc in Nursing and a MSc in Nurse-Midwifery over the course of her career. As well as becoming a childbirth education instructor, Jannah is hugely passionate about helping expectant parents prepare for the wonderful journey ahead. Jannah believes that education truly is power and understands that increasing the knowledge of childbearing families can decrease the echoing, trans-generational economic, and racial disparities that they are faced with. Jannah brings with her a wealth of knowledge, having empowered families across numerous States in the country.

Emily

Certified Nurse-Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Emily has been working with moms and babies since 2003. She started her work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as an RN.  In the NICU, she discovered her passion for empowering families to make informed decisions and become active participants in their care.  She completed her Masters in Midwifery through Frontier Nursing University in 2015.  She started as a midwife in a freestanding birth center, then transitioned to “catching” in the hospital setting for private practice.  She now works as a hospitalist in a busy labor and delivery unit. More than anything, she loves to witness the birth of a parent.  She believes education is the foundation which helps women step into their own power during their pregnancy and birth.  She has 2 girls, one born in the hospital and one at home with a midwife.

Here at The Baby Academy we are looking to grow our team so that we can empower as many mothers and fathers as possible. If you are a Certified and practicing Nurse-Midwife, Doctor, Consultant, or if you would like to work with our ever-growing office support team, please get in touch: reception@yourbabyacademy.com. We’re looking for people who are passionate about helping parents.