Claudia grew up in Eagan 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 Minnesota Birth Center in March 2015 and even happier to have her second baby with the practice while on staff. Claudia lives in Minneapolis with her husband Aaron and daughters Frieda and Sibley. She enjoys cooking, knitting, birding, and camping in her free time.
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 2013, a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor in 2015, and a Certified Postpartum Doula and Creighton Model Natural Family Planning Practitioner in 2017. 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 and home projects, and getting outdoors in all of Minnesota’s diverse seasons.
Jillian grew up moving around the country as a kid but has settled down in South Minneapolis with her husband Eric and daughter Soren. Jillian graduated from Bethel University with her BA in Communications and from Piedmont College with her MBA. Prior to starting work at the Minnesota Birth Center in March 2017 she worked in various administrative jobs in financial aid, human resources and banking. Jillian was a client at MBC and loved the care she received by the providers and staff. She is excited to be working with this great team. She enjoys exploring the city, photography, gardening, hiking, camping, and spending time at a family cabin on Rainy Lake.
Angie is a Minnesota native and spent most of her childhood in the city of Ramsey, northwest of the Twin Cities. She is a mom to two boys, including one born at home. After 10 years working as a self-employed birth doula and volunteering with the Childbirth Collective, she needed to change gears and find work that allowed her to stay connected to birthing families and have a break from being on call 24/7. She got her start at MBC as a Clinic Coordinator and now serves on the Billing Team.
Emily attended Gustavus Adolphus College and is a Twin Cities enthusiast. She has almost ten years HR experience from her time in the staffing industry. Emily became interested in how the midwifery model of care empowers women after her personal experience of transferring from a hospital system to MBC mid-way through her third pregnancy. Emily is humbled to support the midwives and nurses of this organization. She lives in Minneapolis with her family and enjoys all things French, cooking, and dystopian novels.
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.
Abbey is a native Minnesotan, but spent the better part of her childhood in Germany. She learned to love theater stage management at University of Minnesota- Duluth and spent the next 10 years bouncing around the Twin Cities theater scene. Abbey lives in South Minneapolis with her husband and two rowdy boys. She enjoys knitting, baking, and audio books.
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.
Originally from Michigan, Amy found her forever home in Minneapolis’ Powderhorn neighborhood. She spends most of her time with her husband and two kids, but in her spare time she is a photographer, gardener (kind of), quilter, and reformed knitter.
Mummie grew up in San Diego, California, where she graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Anthropology. She moved to Minneapolis with her husband in 2016. After a few years of working in classrooms with students who spoke English as a second language, Mummie became CELTA certified in order to better assist their needs. She took a break from teaching during her pregnancy and found herself drawn to the birth world. Mummie was a client of the Minnesota Birth Center, and it was through her experience with the midwifery model of care and support from her doula that she knew she wanted to help empower women during pregnancy and beyond. She enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Shaniya comes to the Minnesota Birth Center as a Marketing Intern. She is a junior at Augsburg University, studying marketing and graphic design. Shaniya is a self-described “creative spirit and social media fanatic”, and says that working at the Minnesota Birth Center has prompted her to come to appreciate the midwifery model of care and improve out-of-hospital birth access for those who seek it.