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Meet Our Birth Team

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Mary Mumford Haley, CNM, RNP

I have been a practicing midwife and family nurse practioner since 2002. I believe women deserve the option to birth at home in a safe and supportive environment. I also offer hospital birth through East Bay Family Health Care.


Shelley Harvey, CLD, PPD, PES, Birth Assistant

I have been a certified doula since 2007 and midwives assistant since August 2009. I received a certificate in traditional midwifery level 1through Heaven and Earth Barefoot Midwifery program for professional midwives in 2010. My philosophy about birth is that every women deserves to birth in a safe ,supportive and comfortable environment and to know her options so she can find where that may be. I am very proud to be a part of home birth in RI and know that women DO have the option to have a safe home birth in RI.


Merav Minkin, DONA Trained Birth Doula, CLC, Birth Assistant

Since February 2008, I have been honored to attend over 100 births in local hospitals and homes. I consider it a privilege to provide support to mothers and their partners, in my various roles of birth doula, home birth assistant, and lactation counselor. Home birth provides women with a valuable alternative of birthing in the comfort of their own surroundings with an experienced, supportive care provider and birth team -- an option, which I believe, is an important one to the women in our community.


Severine Degnan, CLD, DONA-Postpartum Doula, Birth Assistant

I have been a home birth assistant since August 2009. Ilive by the philosophy that women should have options and choices when it comes to birthing. Through my many experiences, I have found that home births are safe, women-supported environments where one can birth on her own terms with a team who believes and understands the natural process. Furthermore, I believe in a woman's power and ability to bring her child into this life, and I provide support to these women so they can make the best choices for them and their families.


Jessica Fuss, CD (DONA), Birth Assistant

I have been a Certified Birth Doula for 7 years and a Home Birth Midwife's Assistant for 2. I have also attended a Midwifery Assistant training at The Farm in TN with Ina May Gaskin. I feel so privileged to be able to assist women to birth their babies in whatever way they choose, and wherever they choose for it to happen. I am constantly in awe by the power and beauty that emanates from a woman birthing her baby.




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