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Heather Robinson, CPM

President

Bio:

Heather Robinson (Birthwise ’15) is a medical professional, business owner, mentor, researcher and advocate in the field of home birth midwifery. Her career in healthcare has spanned nearly two decades.

The proud Detroit native is bilingual in English and Spanish and is a licensed midwife in the states of Michigan and Wisconsin. She began her career in healthcare in 2002 as a licensed paramedic working with the EMS division of the Detroit Fire Department and continues working as a paramedic in the hospital system.  Heather’s passion to become a midwife was fueled her own home birth experience of her eldest daughter.  She is now the mother of 4 and grandmother to 4, two of which were born into her hands, also at home.  Heather obtained her midwifery education at Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgton, Maine in conjunction with 3 years of apprenticeship with local, metro Detroit, senior midwives. Upon graduating in 2015, she became a certified professional midwife (CPM) and founded Birth Beautiful Detroit, LLC.

Birth Beautiful Detroit is a unique blend of Heather’s love for both Detroit and the field of midwifery.  She is passionate in her work with women, mothers, babies and families from all backgrounds in an urban environment to keep them healthy and thriving in the home setting.

In addition to running a successful practice, Heather works professionally with several midwives locally and is a co-founder of the Mosaic Midwifery Collective which supports moms, moms-to-be and students of midwifery with resources, knowledge, and care through collaboration with their emphasis being POCs reclaiming  birth culture.  In 2017, Heather accepted an appointment by the governor to sit on the recently created Board of Licensed Midwifery in Michigan.  She is also a member at large on the Michigan Midwives Association (MMA).

Heather believes in the long-standing history, safety, privacy and one-on-one care that midwifery and home birth provides. She has assisted in the birth of nearly 300 babies, to date.

Ashley Tarrant, MPH

Secretary

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Ashley Michelle Tarrant, she | her | hers, a Birmingham, Alabama native, graduated from The University of Alabama in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and obtained a Masters of Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Alabama – Birmingham in 2009.  In 2017, she boosted her professional knowledge by participating in the Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Executive Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management—Los Angeles, California.  Ashley serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Medical Advocacy and Outreach (MAO) based in Montgomery, Alabama.  Her passion for working towards the improvement of the health status of adolescents, minorities, women, and disenfranchised populations grew while she spent the Fall of 2009 working with the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) in Ocho Rios, Jamaica conducting community HIV/AIDS education and outreach activities.   After working internationally in the field of HIV/AIDS, Ashley returned to the U.S. and began working with MAO in 2010.  Over the last 10 years, she has served in various positions at MAO including Ryan White Programs Administrator, Chief Programmatic Officer, and Compliance Officer.  Ashley has been a member of the Alabama Quality Management Group since 2010 and currently serves as the group’s Co-Chair.  She has presented on HIV Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) topics across the state and nationally.   Ashley has also served on national grant and abstract review committees.  Her professional organizational memberships include The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation (WBL).

Outside of her professional duties, Ashley is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®–Beta Nu Omega Chapter and The Junior League of Montgomery.  She has served in leadership positions in both organizations.  In addition, Ashley is a trained Birth Doula and enjoys reading, travel, Alabama football, and volunteering in her spare time.  Her favorite quote is by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Matt Delamater

Treasurer

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Matt Delamater, he | him | his, is so honored to be a board member of Birthwise Midwifery School and even more grateful to have such an amazing resource in his own community.  Matt was born and raised in Western Maine and has lived in Portland for the last 10 years before moving his family back home to Bridgton just over a year ago to enjoy the mountains and the freedom of a small rural community.  He enjoys xc skiing, hiking and playing in the foothills with his wife Emily, son Leo and daughter Rowan and works as chief financial officer for Oxbow Brewing Company out of Portland, Newcastle and Oxford.  Matt is also an active professional actor on stage, film and television and works as a photographer with his wife’s photography company Emily Delamater Photography.   He is so grateful to be a part of this new transition for Birthwise and is excited at the future the school and it’s amazing community of teachers, employees and students are building.  Having experienced the power and incredible resource of midwifery with the births of his own children, Matt is extremely excited to offer whatever help he can to add value and help fulfil the mission of such an incredible organization, and is so grateful to the organization’s founder Heidi for her incredible leadership, talent and fortitude which has led the organization to this exciting point.

Carrie Murphy, MFA, BA

Board Member

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Carrie Murphy is a writer, full-spectrum doula, poet, mother, partner, organizer, activist, herbalist, and lover of community. She is the author of two books of poetry and her freelance writing about reproductive health has appeared in or on ELLE, Glamour, Women’s Health, Healthline, and more. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and a certificate in Public Health (Maternal Child Health). Carrie has been a doula since 2012 and is active in birth, midwifery, and doula advocacy. She is a co-founder and former director of the New Mexico Doula Association and a co-founder of the University of New Mexico Volunteer Birth Companion program. Body literacy, body autonomy, and reproductive justice inform all of her work in the world.

Kristin Kali, LM

Board Member

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Kristin Kali, LM, they | them | theirs, is an authoritative resource on LGBTQ+ conception and pregnancy, functional approaches to fertility, and midwifery model preconception care. As owner and sole practitioner of MAIA Midwifery & Fertility Services, Kristin provides preconception care and family building guidance to families across the US, Canada, and around the globe.  Kristin conducts an online, midwife-led support program for queer/trans families from preconception through pregnancy and the transition to parenthood.  Although mostly retired from attending births, Kristin provides in-home IUI services in the Seattle/Tacoma area and occasionally catches babies they helped to conceive. Kristin is a strong advocate for gender inclusivity in midwifery care, providing organizational training for midwifery education programs, professional seminars for midwifery and physician groups, and public speaking at birth related conferences.  Kristin provides training modules for midwife led IUI and preconception care through maiamidwifery.com.  Kristin is the author of a forthcoming book, Queer Conception:  An Evidence-Based Guide for Queer and Trans Parents-to-be, due for release in early 2022.

Dahlyt Berezin-Bahr, CPM, LM

Board Member

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Dahlyt Berezin-Bahr, she | her | hers, lives in Edison, NJ with her husband and two young girls.  She very much enjoys serving all different types of people in her homebirth practice, Love Your Births Midwifery Services.  Dahlyt had been in practice since 2013 when she graduated from Birthwise Midwifery School.  Dahlyt is the recipient of the MANA Sapling award in 2015.  She is currently the treasurer of NYCPM, Inc.  Dahlyt teaches a midwifery assistant class.  She has a bachelors in Business Management and Finance from Brooklyn College as well as completion of four levels of ASL from Seymour Joseph Institute.

Latonia Westerfield

Student Liaison

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Latonia Westerfield, she | her | hers,  is a student midwife at Birthwise Midwifery School. She is a part of the 2017 community cohort and completed the didactic portion of the program in Fall 2019. Many experiences have led Latonia down the path of birth work to midwifery, including her undergraduate work as an anthropology student studying maternal health outcomes in communities of color, personally experiencing pregnancy, birth, and parenting, and working as a birth doula and childbirth educator in Washington state.
Latonia joins Birthwise’s inaugural board of directors as the student liaison—connecting the board with student voices and experiences at Birthwise Midwifery School. She approaches all her work and roles in life from the standpoint of reproductive justice, equity, and inclusivity—using each lens to critically examine and dismantle systemic inequality. Latonia will work diligently to foster Birthwise’s growth and hold the organization accountable to its vision and mission of equity. Thus, ensuring that Birthwise continues to recognize and honor traditional midwifery wisdom and play an integral role in guiding the future of the midwifery profession.
As a member of the board, Latonia plans to actively work to expand Birthwise’s ability to provide midwifery education and opportunities to students and practicing midwives who experience marginalization and harm at the hands of white supremacy, institutional racism, heteronormativity, and ableism. Latonia is currently a student midwife with Assist In A Miracle, LLC on Whidbey Island,WA and Rainier Valley Community Clinic in Seattle, WA. She is working to complete her preceptorship and prepare for graduation. Latonia is a student member of Washington Alliance for Responsible Midwifery (WARM) and Midwives’ Association of Washington (MAWS). She lives in Washington State in the greater Puget Sound area with her spouse and 5 vibrant daughters.

Toni Hill, DEM, CLC, CD

Board Member

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Bio and headshot coming soon!