The Birth Center Believes

Women have the right to seek care that is medically safe, that fits their lifestyle, and that recognizes and respects their individual, physical, spiritual, psychological, and economic needs.

Women and their families have the right and responsibility to assume an active role in their own healthcare.

Childbirth is a normal, healthy process. The role of the caregiver is to support and promote this normal process, while recognizing and dealing with any deviation from normal. Confidence in the normal process is promoted.

The family is the cornerstone of the social structure; therefore, maternity care must support and promote family unity and development. Family members, including siblings, should have the opportunity to be involved in the childbearing experience. Family is defined by the client.

Education is an essential part of quality healthcare. With knowledge freely exchanged, clients are encouraged to make informed choices about their healthcare.

Mission Statement

“To empower and support women and families by providing quality and holistic women’s health care, education, and community.”

Core Values

Holistic, Empowering, & Supportive

Meet Our Midwives

Dorinda Dove, MS, CNM

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.”

Kathleen McCarthy, MSN, CNM

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.”

Sarah-Grace Webster, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC

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!”

Julia Paulus, MSN, CNM

Julia came to Delaware to attend the University of Delaware and never left! She graduated with her Bachelor Degree in Nursing from the University of Delaware and then received her Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University.

Starting in middle school, Julia knew she wanted to care for women during labor and birth. That desire eventually morphed into a strong calling to midwifery. While at UD, she sought GYN care from Nicole at The Birth Center and instantly fell in love with the care that TBC provides. In August of 2016, Julia and her husband welcomed their first baby in the yellow room at The Birth Center! In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, drink hot tea, and sew.

Julia is so excited to be joining The Birth Center family as a Certified Nurse Midwife and is passionate about family-centered care that focuses on empowering the woman to be an active participant in her health care decisions.

Angela Smith, MSN, CNM

Angela was born in Cutbank, MT and raised in central PA. She is a mother to four children, and it was that experience that led her on the path to becoming a midwife. Angela received her BSN from Pennsylvania College of Technology and her midwifery degree from Frontier Nursing University. Prior to becoming a CNM, she worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) for 13 years. She spent 8 years in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as a Neonatal Transport RN and 5 years as a Labor and Delivery RN.

In her free time, Angela loves to knit, be in the outdoors, and spend time with her family.

Leigh Ferguson, MSN, WHNP-BC

Leigh grew up in Delaware and is excited to join a hometown practice at The Birth Center. Prior to coming aboard, Leigh spent thirteen years as a clinical nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). In 2013 she obtained her BSN from Gwynedd-Mercy University. In 2015 she felt the passion to take her education further to encompass all areas of sexual and reproductive health by enrolling in the University of Pennsylvania’s Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program. In 2018 she graduated with her MSN and is now a board certified WHNP. She is passionate about providing excellent prenatal, postnatal, GYN and post-menopausal care. In her spare time, she likes to travel, spend time with family, friends and her pride and joy Fergus, her very handsome English bulldog.


Linnea Phillips, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC

Dedicated about healthcare from a young age, Linnea grew up in Phoenixville, PA and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. After a year working for an outpatient pediatric office, Linnea was able to seek out her true love of reproductive health, and joined the nursing staff on Labor and Delivery at Pennsylvania Hospital.

With a passion for evidence-based low intervention care, Linnea graduated from Penn as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Gender-Related/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and is thrilled to join the staff at TBC. In her free time, Linnea enjoys knitting, cooking, and playing cards.

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Zoë Marcus, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC  

A native of California’s San Francisco Bay Area, Zoë moved to the east coast in 2016 to attend the University of Pennsylvania’s MSN program where they completed their education as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Gender-Related/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.  Zoë knew that she wanted to be a midwife from a young age after hearing the story of her birth at home—  caught by a midwife!  Wanting to gain some life experience, Zoë worked as a labor and birth nurse for almost seven years before starting as a midwife at The Birth Center.  During that time, Zoë learned more about what it means to be a midwife and found a deep love and interest for providing not only prenatal, birth, and postpartum care, but gynecologic care including birth control, various vulvar and vaginal problems, annual visits, gender-affirming care, and reproductive health justice and access.  When not nerding out over how amazing human bodies are, Zoë likes to spend time rock climbing, hiking, and camping, or at home snuggling up with their dog and cats over a good book or silly show.


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“I highly recommend TBC because of the high standard of care and the one-on-one attention that each staff member gives to each client.”

- Kelly