Mikelann (Michael-Ann) Caywood-Baerg: CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife / Medical Consultant / Mentor
Mikelann is a Certified Nurse Midwife(CNM) who in her 30 years of practice has welcomed over 1600 babies in out of hospital births. She will be leaving a legacy in Bozeman, MT as she slowly transitions to another chapter in life. No need to worry…She is still attending births as a birth mentor: Passing her wisdom and knowledge down to the new midwives, so they can care for and support growing families for the next 30 years.
Many of her families continue to travel from all over Montana, the US, and the world to birth at the Bozeman Birth Center.
She is a Montana State University’s Nursing school preceptor and an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). Furthermore, she holds a Montana Advanced Nurse practice license with prescriptive authority, holds a S.T.A.B.L.E. and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certifications. Lastly, she strives to maintain a healthy relationship with the areas Medical practitioners and facilities.
She is a proud MT “transplant” who is happily married to Rich, a MT native for the past 30 years. She has one beautiful daughter, Cassidy who attends University. Mikelann loves to hike, float the rivers, and garden. She also enjoys Yoga and is an accomplished quilter. Mikelann has committed her life to providing a safe, loving environment in which to welcome your most precious gift; your child.
Kayla M. Wright: CNM , WHNP, CLC
Certified Nurse Midwife / Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner / Certified Lactation Counselor
Kayla’s midwifery journey began at age 10 with her hands pressed against the pregnant belly of her 5th grade teacher and her dream was finalized as she graduated at the top of her class from Yale School of Nursing as a Certified Nurse Midwife(CNM) and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner(WHNP). As a life long learner, Kayla has continued to develop her skills through direct mentoring with Mikelann Caywood-Baerg.
Kayla is a firm believer in the normalcy of the birth process and the intelligence of the human body. She has gathered her birth experience both in and out of hospital. During her time in a birth center setting she was able to actively participate in the Natural birth process which helped develop her commitment to promoting both physically and psychologically safe space for birth and developing trusting, communicative relationships with her clients and their families. She views birth as a transformative, empowering journey for women and their families and delights in facilitating not only prenatal care but labor, delivery, and postpartum support.
An Idaho native, Kayla is thrilled to be back among the mountains and the people of the West. She enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, cross-country skiing, dancing, bike riding, and picking out tunes on her banjo. Lastly, she is honored to support new and growing families on their journey into parenthood.
April Mellito: LM, HK, CLC
Licensed Midwife / Health Kinesiology / Certified Lactation Counselor
April Mellito, LM began her journey as a midwife at birth. She was born at home cradled by the hands of practitioners that believed in supporting women and their choices. At age 16 April attended a birth and through that profound moment her destiny was clear: Midwifery was in her future.
Throughout her apprenticeship April had the unique privilege to work with many midwives and learned not only the wisdom and knowledge of one midwife, but gathered knowledge, wisdom, and experience from many midwives and their techniques. Together, this has evolved a midwife that is comfortable with blending traditional and alternative pregnancy practices to individually meet the needs and wants of pregnant woman.
April also practices as a Health Kinesiologist and enjoys supporting people in their journey of healing and growing. She enjoys the fruits of Montana with her family and continues to strengthen her education by staying current in her Midwifery license, CPR/NRP certifications, and HK practices.
In her core, she believes midwifery is guiding and empowering women and their families on their journey of growth and health.
Lisa Blank: Administrative Director, BS
Lisa brings a strong history of customer service to the Bozeman Birth Center and a passion for supporting women and their families in natural birth. You will also notice Lisa fills many roles at the Bozeman Birth Center to include but are not limited to office duties, laundry, gardening, childcare, grocery shopping, labor support, and organizing midwives.
Lisa is married to Jason, a Belgrade, MT native and has two children, 7 & 10 who were both out of hospital births facilitated by midwives. She enjoys this great state of Montana while she is hot springing, hiking, cooking, and planning her next staycation.
Furthermore, she holds a BS in Biology with a minor in Elementary Education, which helps in her growing 5+ years experience as the back-up Childbirth instructor where she supplies women and their support with the knowledge to breathe and relax effectively; To nurse successfully; To parent realistically.
Lastly, beginning 2015 Lisa added small business owner to her list of things to do as her and her husband decided to purchase the Bozeman Birth Center in 2015. She is striving to maintain the standards of the Bozeman Birth Center that the community and clients have learned to trust. With every client she feels honored to be part of their growing family and everyday looks forward to sharing her time, space & enthusiasm for natural childbirth.
Linda Roberts: LPN
Linda has over 30 years experience supporting women in natural childbirth. Linda has assisted Mikelann at births for decades. She now brings her skills and experience to the Bozeman Birth Center. Linda has two adult children who were born with the help of midwives. In addition to supporting natural childbirth, Linda has also worked for years providing hospice care. The experience, comfort, and compassion Linda brings to families at the beginning or the end of life make her an especially treasured member of our staff.
Emily Greenwald: BS, RN, CLC
Nurse / Certified Lactation Counselor
Emily joined our Birth Center team 2010. She received her Nursing degree in 2006 from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA which also included an intense internship in Women’s Health.
Emily is a Montana transplant raised in Michigan and after working most recently in Wyoming. Currently, The Birth Center is fortunate enough to have Emily and her experience not only as a facilitator, but as a former client as well.
Emily and her husband, Jason welcomed their son, Sullivan in September 2011 by way of Waterbirth. As a result, Emily is more committed than ever to nurturing families during their own out of hospital birth journeys.
Ann Allard: BSN, RN
Ann joined our team in 2014 and has been a valuable birth assistant/ RN ever since. Originally from Iowa, Ann has lived in the Bozeman area for nearly 30 years via Yellowstone National Park. She holds a degree in Nursing as well as English Education from Montana State University along with a degree in Journalism from the University of Iowa.
Ann has worked in public-, home-, school-, urgent-, pulmonary-, and internal health care. However, it is her duties at the Bozeman Birth Center that most gratified her ability to provide holistic nursing care.
She believes that childbirth is a natural life event and should be approached as such. Fortunately, one of her own childbirth experiences were at the hands of a Nurse-Midwife and she came to know the empowerment of the Midwifery model of care. As a result, Ann considers it a privilege to have the opportunity to pass on her knowledge, awareness, and support for all families who come to the Bozeman Birth Center for the birth of their babies.
Lastly, Ann has two daughters: one at Belgrade High School and the other at the University of Iowa; both of whom she’s very proud. She also has a wonderful partner with whom she enjoys all that Montana – and life – have to offer.
Sydney Blair: BS, RN
Sydney joined our team in 2015 and has been a strong addition to our out of hospital services. She was born and raised in sunny southern California and received her ADN from Ventura College in 2011. Shortly after that she started her career at an inpatient psychiatric hospital where she gained knowledge in mental health which helps with the many layers of support we offer our clients.
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” This quote inspired her and her family and they made the move to Bozeman in August of 2014 and haven’t regretted it a single day since.
In 2013, Sydney and the love of her life welcomed their son, Colton James. She admits she was born to be a mother and enjoys every minute! Her own personal birth experience and the lack of support for a natural out of hospital birth, planted a seed of need to work with women who desire a more natural and loving environment for bringing their children into this world.
She is truly amazed every time she gets the opportunity to assist a family in welcoming their precious baby. She does not consider her job work, but rather a passion and something she loves.
Jessica Hunter: Office Assistant, Certified Doula, Blogger, CLC
Office Assistant, Doula, Childbirth Educator, Blogger, Certified Lactation Counselor
Following in her parents’ footsteps, Jessica graduated from Montana State University as the Community Health Senior of the year with a BA in Community Health and Health & Human Development Education. She is now teaching Childbirth Education, filling the role as an Office Assistant, & is a trained Doula through DONA International, the world’s premiere doula organization.
Jessica is a happy Montana transplant and lives here with her husband Steven, and their son and daughter whom she welcomed through natural childbirth. She enjoys writing the blog for the Bozeman Birth Center, Mama Mode, painting, gardening, and experiencing all the Big Sky country has to offer. When she is not wiping noses and facilitating bath time, she enjoys the ritual of making a hot cup of tea, reading a good book, or catching up with family.
She will forever strive for mindfulness, realistic parenting, & relaxation throughout life. She is thrilled and honored to be part of each growing families’ journey through pregnancy to parenthood.