Mary-Signe Kelly, APRN, CNM
Mary-Signe is originally from Wisconsin and her path to midwifery brought her to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Guatemala, the University of Miami and the University of Colorado. Mary-Signe worked as a nurse in labor and delivery for three years. She learned from the many midwives through her training and work that normal, natural labor was possible even in the hospital setting. She believes empowering women is the most important aspect of midwifery. Mary-Signe has worked as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She has experience with both in hospital and out of hospital birth, including waterbirth. She loves being with women and families providing holistic woman and family centered care. Mary-Signe feels every woman has the power to deliver her baby on her own terms and, through her care, helps in this empowerment. She is interested in providing care to women and families of all walks of life and enjoys taking care of women from all cultural, educational and spiritual backgrounds. Mary-Signe and her husband, Michael have two little boys, Ivan and Xavier (who was born at MBC). She enjoys yoga, traveling, and being outdoors.
Katie Ireland, APRN, CNM
Katie Ireland was born and raised in the North Metro, but journeyed to Minneapolis whenever possible. She is thrilled to have made Powderhorn Park her home for the last 13 years. She also has a special place in her heart for St. Paul, having worked there as a labor and delivery nurse for 15 years.
Katie feels her job as a Midwife is to provide the most accurate information and options available and support her clients to choose what fits best for their family. She welcomes the opportunity to work with people from all backgrounds, ethnic groups, spiritual traditions, sexualities, gender expressions, and family structures.
Katie is a proud graduate of Frontier Nursing University (MSN) and Coe College (BSN). She lives with her son and their two cats in South Minneapolis. She tries to play the ukulele with friends as often as possible.
Tasha Hale, APRN, CNM
Tasha Hale was born and raised in Minnesota, and has been living in Minneapolis for the past ten years. Prior to earning her MSN in nurse-midwifery, Tasha was a labor and delivery RN. During her professional career as a RN, Tasha had the privilege of serving a diverse group of women during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. In 2011, Tasha completed a 230-hour yoga study and teacher training program. Tasha has found that yoga and breathing techniques are wonderful tools to use when caring for women in labor, and beyond.
Tasha journeyed into midwifery to fulfill her desire to be an advocate, educator, and provider for low-risk women. She believes birth is a sacred, empowering and transformative event in a woman’s life. She is proud to promote physiologic birth, encourage women to be active participants in their care, and empower women as individuals and mothers. Tasha has a gentle and compassionate nature, and aims to provide holistic, individualized care to every woman she meets. Tasha enjoys caring for women from all walks of life.
Tasha lives with her partner, Kyle, and their cat, “Bear.” Being active, spending time in nature, promoting self-care, traveling, and energy medicine are a few of her interests.
Undergrad: St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Graduate: Frontier Nursing University, Hyden, KY
Courtney Moore, APRN, CNM
Courtney Moore is a graduate of Frontier Nursing University where she earned her MSN in nurse-midwifery. She is from Minneapolis and thrilled to be providing care to the women and families of the Twin Cities. Her nursing education started at Loyola University Chicago. Shortly after graduating she moved to Peru and volunteered in a maternity center, where she became fluent in Spanish and was first awed by the incredible power of working with women in labor and supporting physiologic birth. After two years in Peru she gained nursing experience in primary care, sexual health care, and as a nurse in labor and birth working alongside a large team of nurse-midwives, obstetricians, and family practice physicians. To Courtney, the most rewarding part of being a nurse-midwife is empowering women to make decisions about their health and supporting natural processes. Courtney and her husband Erik love to travel and experience the beauty of different cultures, hike, and explore the Twin Cities with their puppy Brutus.
Sarah mccullough, aprn, cnm, FNP-C
Sarah’s commitment is to empower women through their pregnancies, labor, and birth. Certified as a Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner, Sarah is experienced in both hospital and out of hospital births—including waterbirth—and in assisting women and their families.
Originally from the Chicago area, Sarah attended Vanderbilt University where she completed her academic and clinical training. After graduation Sarah worked at Holy Family Birth Center in Weslaco, Texas. She was enthralled as she attended her first waterbirth, which enhanced her appreciation of the beauty of woman-centered birth.
Sarah advocates family planning services that enable women to choose what is best for them as individuals. She enjoys working with people of diverse cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds, and gender and sexual identities. She learns from each individual and family she meets.
Sarah provides comprehensive healthcare in both English and Spanish. She loves speaking Spanish and using the language in Minnesota and traveling internationally. ¡Si quiere hablar en español solo tiene que decirle!
Sarah is excited to be part of the Minnesota Birth Center team. She lives in Saint Paul with her cat Jade. Sarah enjoys volunteering at the Animal Humane Society, rock climbing, and playing cello.
TAYLOR MERTZ, APRN, CNM
Taylor was raised in South Dakota and has now made the Midwest her home. Her education in women’s studies and social issues led her to pursue a career serving women. Taylor believes midwifery is a model of care which uniquely upholds women as central and active participants in their healthcare decisions. Taylor earned her MSN degree from Frontier Nursing University. Prior to that, she worked as an obstetrics RN and a birth doula. She also worked in the research of rural and women’s health issues during her undergraduate education at South Dakota State University.
Taylor is sincerely invested in the individual needs and preferences of those she cares for, and she welcomes the opportunity to serve clients from all backgrounds. She values respectful, gentle, and evidence-based care as the foundation for promoting physiologic birth. She believes in women, and she believes in birth. Taylor says it is truly a privilege to support women’s wellness and to be present with families as they welcome new life to the world.
Outside of work, Taylor enjoys travel, meals with friends, reading, and willing her garden to grow. She lives with her spouse, Scott, and their two children, the second of whom was welcomed at the Minnesota Birth Center!
Christy was born and raised in Minnesota, spending most of her childhood growing up in Chanhassen. She has lived in Burnsville for the last 10 years. Prior to completing her MSN in nurse-midwifery, Christy worked as a labor & delivery, postpartum and charge nurse for nine years in a regional hospital.
Christy’s journey into midwifery started while job-shadowing a nurse-midwife during the summer while she was in high school. It was during this time where she became fascinated and in awe with the labor and birth process and the strength of women.
Christy respects the normalcy of pregnancy and birth and believes in holistic women-centered care that incorporates all aspects of the women’s life to provide optimal evidenced-based care. She feels very privileged to be able to attend births and loves to provide care and support to women and their families during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She has a passion for using integrative therapies and water birth.
Interests for Christy include reading, gardening, photography, cooking and Twins baseball. She also takes pleasure in exploring the world through travel and enjoys experiencing the local food and culture. Yoga helps her wind down and keeps her centered. She is excited to become an Aunt for the first time this summer!