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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 Mum 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  decade of experience practicing 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.

Amber

Certified Nurse-Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Amber has been a Certified Nurse Midwife and a Family Nurse Practitioner for almost a decade. She has worked in a variety of different practice settings across the United States. She brings with her a wide array of prenatal, birth, and newborn knowledge as well as clinical experience. Amber is very passionate about women’s health and really believes that high quality prenatal, birth, and newborn education helps people to feel empowered about their health and the health of their newborn.

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.

Michelle

Certified Nurse-Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Michelle started her career in maternal-child health as a pediatric and maternity nurse before becoming a certified nurse midwife in 1999. Since then she has worked in all areas of midwifery from birth centers to high risk care centers. Of all her roles one of her favorites is parent education. She is also the proud mother of two young women who may be starting their own families soon.

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.

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.