Meet our Staff
With more than thirty years experience working as a nurse and a midwife in hospital and birthing center environments, Dorinda’s gentle and thoughtful manner inspires confidence in birthing families. As OB/Gyn faculty, she taught at Baylor College of Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude with a BSN from the University of Delaware and was awarded an MS in Nurse Midwifery at SUNY Stonybrook. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives and the Delaware Perinatal Cooperative task force. Dorinda published the results of a research study on the efficacy of using Evening Primrose Oil during pregnancy. Dorinda also worked with the Peace Corps helping to implement and evaluate the oral rehydration program for children in Malawi, Africa. She joined The Birth Center in 1995.
Dorinda says, “I love sharing the joy and excitement of an expectant family and feel it’s a privilege to be a part of their experience here.”Contact
Kathleen has been practicing as a nurse midwife for over fourteen years. She received her Masters degree in nurse midwifery at University of Pennsylvania. Kathleen is one of the co-owners, but has retired from catching babies. Currently, Kathleen’s focus is on holistic women’s healthcare, women’s health education, holistic menopause, childbirth education and empowerment workshops.
Kathleen says, “Practicing as a nurse midwife is one of the most rewarding journeys I have ever taken. It has brought me from hospital birth to my beloved home at The Birth Center. I have learned much from my experiences with women and families. Most importantly, it has taught me that we all have the right to make well informed educated choices and that all women are powerful beyond measure and have an innate ability to know what is best for them.”
Katie decided to become a midwife while pursuing her first Bachelors degree in Gender and Women’s Studies at The University of Rochester in New York. This led her to the high-tech, fast-paced world of New York City for an education at The Columbia University School of Nursing. She studied in clinics around the city, but didn’t feel like she understood the true meaning of midwifery until she got to train under a homebirth midwife in Lancaster, PA. Before and after graduation, Katie worked as a labor and delivery nurse. Her first midwifery job was in a small private practice where she attended over 300 births.
Coming to The Birth Center, according to Katie, is like “coming home.” “I get to give women the type of care I would hope to receive myself. I am so very excited to be a part of this loving family.”
Nicole Black CNM, MSN, WHNP
Nicole grew up in Wilmington and is excited to be offering care in her hometown. She received a Bachelors degree in Neural Behavioral Psychology from Bryn Mawr College. Following her graduation from Bryn Mawr, Nicole spent time working in Child-Maternal Health with the Peace Corps in Madagascar, East Africa. She later returned to school and received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a double Masters of Science in Nursing, specializing in Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Care, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to becoming a midwife, Nicole worked as a maternity nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. While she learned a great deal in the fast paced, high risk environment, Nicole did not have the time nor space to provide the quality of care that she desired to give to the families that she served. Prior to her midwifery graduation in 2006, Nicole completed her internship at The Birth Center. Catching babies at TBC felt like the perfect fit. Following graduation, Nicole was a staff midwife at TBC until May 2011. Her first son was born at TBC in 2008 and in 2011, her 2nd son was born at home. After the birth of her 2nd child, she left TBC for an extended maternity leave, nesting with her boys full time.
In the fall of 2012, Nicole returned to TBC. She feels strongly about the level of care and education provided at TBC, and enjoys the cozy home-like atmosphere. Sensitive and thoughtful mind/body/spirit care for women of all ages and stages of life is important to Nicole.
“I have the best job in the world. What is better than catching babes?! I feel so honored to share in such a powerful and personal time of life with the amazing, varied families that walk through our door.”
Sarah-Grace Webster MSN, CNM, WHNP
Sarah-Grace has loved caring for and helping women with their health and pregnancy since she was in high school. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in nursing from Messiah College, and worked as a nurse for 5 years. She first worked as an ICU nurse, than spent several years as a labor and delivery nurse in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Sarah-Grace then went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She loves to travel and has been to Guatemala, Belize, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Portugal and many different places across the United States. Sarah-Grace says, “The Birth Center feels like home to me and I am very excited to work here!”Contact
Sarah knew she wanted to be a midwife the day she stepped foot in The Birth Center and saw her first birth during nursing school. Midwifery became a calling. A Delaware native, Sarah grew up in southern Delaware and graduated from University of Delaware in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She then worked as a labor and delivery nurse until graduating from Frontier Nursing University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing and Post Master’s Certificate specializing in Nurse Midwifery and Women’s Health in 2012 and 2013. While completing her midwifery education, she trained in Arizona on the Hopi and Navajo Reservations and a small birth center in Phoenix. This experience strengthened her confidence in normal birth and women’s health, working with a diverse population of women with excellent birth outcomes. She also completed her Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner clinical hours here at The Birth Center. Sarah worked at a birth center in Lancaster County, PA doing birth center, home, and hospital birth as well as full scope GYN care until the birth of her second child in April 2016.
Sarah and her family are very familiar with The Birth Center, having her two sons, Andrew and Kirk, here in February 2014 and April 2016. Her husband, Matthew is also a Birth Center baby. The Beebe family live here in Wilmington and love being outside, visiting the Delaware beaches in the summer, and going to Blue Hen football games in the fall. Working at The Birth Center, “is my dream job! I love that I get to share such a special moment with some of the strongest women I’ve ever met. Helping women get the birth that they want is
such a blessing.”
Lindsay Robinson, CNM, MSN
Lindsay Robinson became a nurse midwife in 2012 and worked in a hospital practice setting for the first four years of her career. While at Kent General Hospital, she caught over 200 babies, placing each one into the loving arms of their mamas. She was drawn to work at The Birth Center because she is passionate about natural birth, holistic care, empowering women, and forming strong relationships with women and their families.
After having two of her own babies in a birth center and all three into the caring hands of midwives, Lindsay knew she wanted to provide holistic and nurturing healthcare to women. She has worked in women’s healthcare for 10 years, both as a nurse and midwife. She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College, a Master of Public Health from Tulane University, completed her nursing, midwifery and nurse practitioner studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and is an active member of the American College of Nurse Midwives.
Lindsay lives in Middletown, DE with her husband and three children. She loves traveling, hiking, skiing, and spending time with family and good friends.
Peggy has been working with birthing moms and dads for over 30 years. She received her RN from Bryn Mawr Hospital and worked there as a labor, delivery and postpartum nurse. Her love of teaching was obvious even then, when she developed classes in Baby Care and Breastfeeding for the couples at the hospital. She was trained by Childbirth Education Association and is certified as a Childbirth Education Specialist.
She moved to New Jersey, worked at Garden State Hospital in their labor and delivery unit and worked at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in their Antenatal Testing Center. She assisted with the set up and was Head Nurse of the Antenatal testing unit at West Jersey Health System in Vorhees, NJ.
Peggy moved with her family 20 years ago to Delaware and worked at St Francis Hospital in their labor and delivery. She came to the Birth Center 13 years ago as part of St Francis and loved it. It really is a wonderful place for families to have a special birth experience. Her first grandchild Adeline was born at the Birth Center in 2006.
Peggy is a Consulting Hypnotist, a Certified Hypnobirthing Educator, Certified HypnoFertility Therapist and founder of Gentle Healing Hypnosis.
Peggy says, “After attending the first birth at the Birth Center I really felt that I went full circle in my career and was thrilled to be back where birth is still considered a miracle of life.”Contact
RN, BSN, IBCLC
Katie graduated from The University of Maryland School of Nursing in 2004. She worked in the Postpartum/Antepartum Unit at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for 2 1/2 years before taking some time off to stay home with her Birth Center baby, Lucy. Katie gave birth to Lucy in the Yellow Room in July 2006 and it was the most amazing accomplishment of her life. Katie joined the Birth Center family in October 2007. She was certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in October 2009. Katie says, “To me, The Birth Center is community in a world full of people turning a blind eye to one another. My clients and coworkers are my friends, my family and my teachers. I watch as women become mothers and befriend and support one another. It is so rare in this world today to have such a sense of community.”
During her first pregnancy, 8 years ago, Dawn fell in love with the phenomenal care she received from her Midwives. It was during that time that she realized she wanted to become a midwife.
Dawn soon started nursing school and graduated in 2010. She worked in a medical-surgical unit in Baltimore after nursing school, but eventually moved back to Delaware and worked with disabled children.
Dawn gave birth to her second daughter at The Birth Center in 2012. Dawn says “It was an experience that further cemented my desire to work in women’s health and become a midwife. I absolutely love working here. It is amazing meeting so many different women and I feel so privileged to be present during and after their birth.”
In 2012 Dawn began working as a doula and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, and in 2013 Dawn was offered a nursing position at The Birth Center. Currently Dawn is a Midwifery student at Frontier NursingContact
Beth was excited to join the birth center family in 2014. As a nursing student, Beth toured The Birth Center, and realized the missing piece from her hospital birth with her first son. She went home that day and told her husband she was going to work at The Birth Center one day. After nursing school, Beth worked in medical nursing, in the community, and in the emergency room. She also became a Birth Center mom during that time. She completed a Doula training course ToLabor to become more involved in the labor and birth process. When a position opened at The Birth Center Beth was excited to apply and accept the position. Beth says “I love how it empowers women and empowers birth.”Contact
Jenn’s passion for holistic maternal-infant care began halfway through college and birthed a love in her for working with this population. Her initial nursing experience involved caring for a wonderful child with Cerebral Palsy as a student nurse for the last two years of college. As a nurse extern, she also worked in the PACU at Christiana Care. She gained invaluable critical care experience, but in short order she sought a position in her desired field. She had participated in both an independent study and community clinical rotation at the Birth Center during her studies at the University of Delaware. It was not long before she joined the Birth Center family upon graduation, when she began working as one of their nurses in May of 2014. Never will she forget the first birth she witnessed. Jenn says, “It was nothing short of a miracle, and the beauty of birth never ceases to amaze me. If I have learned anything at the Birth Center, it has been that women are truly beautiful heroines possessing magnificent strength, bringing life into the world.”Contact
BSN RN CPEN
Heather graduated from the University of Delaware in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She always knew she needed to work with babies, but went to an adult hospital to care for elderly Alzheimer’s patients just after graduation. Shortly after she transferred to an adult emergency room, before finally landing at Nemours Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children where she works presently as a Certified Pediatric Emergency And Trauma nurse.
Katie became interested in women’s health care after working in an OB/GYN office as a medical assistant. Her interest led her to enroll in nursing school. She took evening classes while working full-time, eventually graduating from Neumann University in 2012 as a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. After graduation, Katie worked briefly as a medical/surgical nurse then landed her dream job in labor and delivery. While working in labor and delivery, Katie learned more about midwifery care and fell in love with it’s philosophies. She enrolled in Frontier Nursing University’s midwifery program shortly after. Katie achieved her certification in inpatient obstetrics by the NCC. Her continued interest in midwifery led her to The Birth Center, and she joined the staff of nurses in the summer of 2015. She plans to graduate from Frontier Nursing University in the beginning of 2018. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 12-year-old daughter Layla, hiking, kayaking, and anything involving the outdoors.Contact
Megan’s nursing career is an illustration of how one amazing life experience can change the trajectory of your life. Megan graduated from the University of Delaware with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2007. Following graduation she worked in Critical Care/ ICU for 5.5 years. This experience gave her a diverse background and excellent clinical decision making skills. It was her experience with her second pregnancy that propelled her on her journey to be a nurse at The Birth Center. She enjoyed the education and empowerment The Birth Center gave to their patients and knew this is the path she wanted to take with her career.
She then transitioned to working as a nurse on a labor and delivery unit for the next 3.5 years, gaining experience with laboring moms in a hospital setting. Finally the stars aligned and Megan was able to begin at The Birth Center on June 1, 2016.
Megan is excited to begin her journey here and help provide the empowering experience she had, to other pregnant and laboring moms.
Megan has 3 daughters with her husband Michael; Charlotte (hospital birth on July 21, 2008), Georgia (birth center birth on June 8, 2011), and Felicity (birth center birth on April 21, 2014).
When she is not at The Birth Center you can find her hiking, camping, and going to the beach with her family.Contact
Justine Deputy, RN, MSN
For over 4 years, I worked at TBC attending births and caring for women in pregnancy, during labor, and postpartum. Then, in June 2015, I had my son Warren and had the privilege to experience a birth center birth myself! The experience was overwhelmingly incredible in part because of the environment and support offered at the center. Currently, I am involved in education classes and marketing including writing and bringing together content from the many wonderful women on the staff at TBC to provide you with valuable information about women’s health and wellness throughout the lifespan.Contact
Jenna became interested in health care during her senior year of high school after she volunteered at Shore Memorial hospital in New Jersey. She started her career as a medical assistant at Harris School of Business. She was attending school while she was pregnant with her first child and knew she wanted to work with moms and babies. During her externship for school she worked at a OB/GYN office to complete her hours. She then moved to Delaware and finished school. While she was in school, she became a Birth Center patient and found out that they were looking for a patient care technician. She fell in love with The Birth Center and the idea of being able to work with moms and babies was her dream. She got hired as a tech for The Birth Center in the fall of 2014. When she got the call saying she was hired she had so much joy and excitement. Working at The Birth Center and being able to care for moms and babies is so amazing and she loves every second of it. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and taking her son to the pool and beach. Jenna is now enrolled at Del Tech to continue her career as a registered nurse.Contact