Administrative Team

Minnesota Birth Center

Tricia Balazovic, Administrative DirectorTricia Balazovic
Administrative Director

Tricia is the administrative director for Minnesota Birth Center (MBC). She comes to MBC after starting her career in corporate retail at Target. In 2010 she experienced a natural childbirth that changed the way she thought about feeling empowered and accomplished as a woman. This led Tricia to leave the corporate world and pursue training as a childbirth educator and doula. After delivering her second baby at MBC in 2013, Tricia became a volunteer and started the Doula Internship program; shortly thereafter she was hired to manage business operations. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish with a minor in Justice and Peace Studies.

Tricia loves music, cooking and spending active time in the outdoors with her husband, Matt, and two children, Porter and Lulu.

Claudia Jennings, Operations ManagerClaudia Jennings
operations manager

Claudia grew up in Eagan, MN and attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, studying political science and peace studies.  After college she traveled abroad and held positions in a wide range of fields, from non-profit international education to baking French pastries and even mortgage banking.  After the wonderful birth of her first child at the Minnesota Birth Center, Claudia developed a passion for the freedom of choice in birth place options available in Minnesota – empowering women to make informed health care decisions throughout their pregnancy.  She was thrilled to start with the Birth Center in March 2015.  Claudia lives in St. Paul with her husband Aaron and daughter Frieda.  She enjoys cooking, knitting, birding, and generally being outdoors in her free time.

Karen Schultz, Administrative ManagerKaren Schultz
Administrative Manager

Karen hails from rural central Minnesota and worked as a high school science teacher before realizing her love for birth and babies. She became a Certified Birth Doula in November 2013 and a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor in January 2015, and is currently completing her certification as a Creighton Model Natural Family Planning Practitioner. She credits her own mom, a breastfeeding and natural birth advocate, for her eventual journey into birth and fertility work.

Karen first came to Minnesota Birth Center as a Doula Intern, and now works on the Administrative Team. She is thrilled to promote a Midwifery Model of Care for women who visit MBC. In her spare time Karen enjoys singing, playing bluegrass music, working on craft projects, and getting outdoors in all of Minnesota’s diverse seasons.

Carrie Rodahl, Minneapolis Front Desk

Carrie rodahl
minneapolis FRONT DESK

Carrie grew up in Bloomington, MN and attended Concordia University from which she graduated with a degree in Human Resource Management. Carrie has extensive employment background in the human services field and most recently worked as a Program Director for a vocational rehabilitation facility. She wanted a change after the birth of her first child at MBC in 2016 and jumped at the chance to join the Birth Center as a part of their Front Desk team so she could be a part of an organization that is giving women more options when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth. Carrie lives in St. Louis Park with her husband Jason and daughter Elsie. She enjoys running around the lakes, a good cup of coffee and going to local sporting events and concerts.

Jennifer Russell, Minneapolis Front DeskJennifer Russell

Jennifer left her twelve-year gig as a stay-at-home mom to four to join the Minnesota Birth Center team. Her comfort with out-of-hospital birth and deep belief in the value of the kind of care available at MBC make it a great fit. She lives with her husband and four children in south Minneapolis.



Abigail Tuominen

Abigail grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts and moved to Minnesota to attend Macalester College. Passionate about natural health care and helping people manage stress, she teaches yoga and somatic movement classes around the Twin Cities and provides private energy work sessions out of her home in Minneapolis. She became interested in the spectrum of pregnancy experiences last year, when she found herself being a miscarriage doula for a family member. She is excited to join MBC’s front desk team and learn more about birth and reproductive health from an organization committed to empowering women.

Rebecca Bolton-Steiner

Rebecca grew up in St. Paul and graduated from Mills College with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies. She has been a birth doula since 2002 and is a regular presenter for the Childbirth Collective for their Parent Topic Nights. She enjoys reading and knitting, especially with friends. She appreciates the Midwifery Model of Care and access to out-of-hospital birth for those who want it, and is thrilled to find both at The Minnesota Birth Center. She has three children, all born with the help of a midwife.