Anna has been passionate about childbirth since middle school, when her aunt told her stories about her experiences as a doula and L&D nurse. She became fascinated by the woman’s empowerment, transformation, and innate strength during labor and birth and felt called to support mothers during this life-changing and vulnerable time. She left her hometown of Waverly, Iowa, to pursue her passion for language and travel, moving to Norway where she met her future husband. She has since earned a B.A. in linguistics from Williams College in Massachusetts, teacher licensure from the University in Trondheim, and a Master of Nursing from the U of M. While Norwegian is the only language she speaks proficiently, she has studied several other languages, including three years of Arabic.
Anna founded the Twin Cities Doula Project, a local nonprofit organization that provides free doula services to mothers in need. As both a nurse and a doula, Anna has had the opportunity to attend births in the home, birth center, and hospital setting. She currently works as an L&D nurse, childbirth educator, and as a certified lactation counselor. Music is one of Anna’s main nonprofessional interests; she used to be a piano teacher and has been singing in choirs since childhood. She and her husband enjoy cooking together, running and world travel. They look forward to regular trips home to Norway, the Boundary Waters, and enjoy long weekends visiting relatives around the country.
Leah is originally from Roseville, Minnesota. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from St. Catherine University. She has over sixteen years of high risk labor and delivery experience at the University of Minnesota – Fairview Hospital, where she is still on staff. While enjoying her work in a high risk hospital setting she also loves working in a less medical interventional type of care. Leah is excited to be at the Minnesota Birth Center where she can assist families in natural childbirth. She lives in Shoreview with her husband, Jim and three children. In her free time she enjoys exercising and hanging out with her family.
Amanda peterson, RN
Amanda is originally from North Branch, Minnesota. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from St. Catherine University. Amanda has always felt passionate about women’s health and knew in high school that she wanted to support women during labor and delivery. She has been a nurse for 4 years and has 3 years of labor & delivery and antepartum experience at the University of Minnesota- Fairview. Amanda absolutely loves the high risk work she does at Fairview, but is excited to work in a low stress environment that faciliates physiological birth at the Minnesota Birth Center. Amanda lives with her two Chihuahuas- Brutus and Gus in Blaine, MN. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, going to movies with friends, trying new food, baking, cooking, and boating in the summer.
amanda hedin, rn
Amanda has a long history in healthcare with nearly 15 years experience. Only recently, though, has she transitioned to nursing. Already with a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Hamline University, she has recently added RN to her title (Rasmussen College) and found her passion in caring for patients. When not attending MBC births, Amanda works for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in the operating room as a circulating nurse. Amanda loves caring for families who have low risk pregnancies and can feel empowered by their birth experiences. Amanda lives in Blaine with her husband Scott and their miracle daughter, Reagan. Her family has two dogs and enjoys spending time outside, cooking, and being active.
Melanie grew up and Minnesota and chose the University of Minnesota for her undergraduate studies in International Relations and German. It was during college that she met her husband, Ali, who is originally from Iran. They moved to Boston while her husband finished his PhD, and it was there that their two children were born. At the time, Melanie had to spend hours on the phone to get midwifery care covered by their insurance, but she knew she wanted low-intervention births, and even chose hypnobirth for baby #2. After staying home with her children for a few years, Melanie trained as a doula and then attended nursing school at St Catherine University. When Melanie is not at MBC, she can be found attending her children’s activities, taking care of her cats and dogs, and working as a certified OB nurse at the University of Minnesota Birthplace. There she is on the “flex team” – working in labor and delivery, antepartum and postpartum. She is passionate about all aspects of women’s health and strives to provide care that is not only safe, but inclusive and welcoming. She knows how empowering the birth experience can be, and wants her patients to get the birth they desire, whatever that looks like!
savanha winkel, RN
Savanha is enthused to be beginning her employment at the Minnesota Birth Center after a year long internship at MBC. Originally from Forest Lake, Savanha has a Masters of Science in Nursing from St. Catherine University and a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Savanha joined MBC as an intern after completing her clinical rotation at MBC. As nursing school often does, exposure to new areas of healthcare led Savanha to quickly develop a passion for maternity care in an out-of-hospital setting. While her original career goals focused on pediatric nursing, she has discovered that maternity care is truly the best of both worlds. Her scholarly work focused on bringing awareness to healthcare professionals and the public on Paternal Postpartum Depression. She hopes to continue her passion for learning and providing family-centered care at MBC by finding new and better ways to care for and support the partners of our moms. She is beyond grateful to continue her journey with MBC as a Registered Nurse. Savanha lives in St. Paul with her fiancé, Jordan Standish, and family of 4-legged friends, Noir (cat), Porter (cat), Simcoe (cat), and Mitch (bearded dragon). In her free time, she enjoys spending time in the outdoors, practicing yoga, traveling, and most of all, being with friends and family.
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Madeline was raised in St. Paul. As a teenager, she had the surprising opportunity to attend the home births of two different friends, thus starting her lifelong interest in supporting birthing women and families. She became a doula soon thereafter and worked for a Ramsey County doula program. She took a break from birth work in her twenties when she lived on both coasts and worked in social justice advocacy. Eventually the pull to come back to birth was too strong. Madeline switched careers and attended the University of Minnesota Nursing School. She worked for one year on a medical/surgical unit and two years in Labor/Birth at the U of MN – Fairview. Madeline is currently in school to become a Nurse-Midwife through Frontier Nursing University. She feels honored every time she gets to be part of a family’s birth and early postpartum. She seeks to discover the needs/wishes of each family and do whatever she can to support them. When not at the MN Birth Center she can be found in her exceptionally large yard which is slowly being turned into an urban farm and orchard in South Minneapolis. She lives with her husband and their two young children, one of whom was born at MBC.