As a mama of four, I know firsthand how vulnerable and exciting— and at times stressful—it can be to anticipate bringing your new baby into the world. I remember seeing so many options. Hospital birth, home birth, natural birth, water birth… How do new mamas decide? An option that many parents-to-be may not know about, though, is birthing with the assistance of a midwife. Atlanta midwives, like OB/GYNs, are licensed medical professionals that can provide pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. Atlanta Midwives are a great option for both hospital births and home births and for anyone experiencing a low-risk pregnancy. If you live in the Atlanta area, like me, some phenomenal options exist if you’re interested in midwife care!
Moonlight Midwifery serves Decatur and the greater Atlanta area and is owned by Crystal Bailey, who is a Certified Nurse-Midwife, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, and Doctor of Naturopathy. A midwife for 15 years in hospitals, birth centers, and even as a midwife with Doctors Without Borders in Africa, she specializes in home births—or as she calls them, “home-sweet-homebirths,” and also offers prenatal care, newborn care, and postpartum care.
Prenatal care schedules monthly. But after 28 weeks, it bumps up to every 2-3 weeks. Then after 36 weeks, you visit them weekly. There’s also a postpartum and newborn exam 1-2 days after birth, and Crystal handles all of the paperwork, birth certificate, and contacting your pediatrician. Six weeks after birth, there’s a final postpartum visit.
Peachtree Women’s Clinic has an abundance of offices serving the entire Metro-Atlanta area. They feature locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta Midtown, Atlanta Perimeter, Canton, and Cumming, as well as hospital services at Northside Atlanta, Northside Forsyth, and Northside Cherokee. Their Atlanta team is made up of six Certified Nurse-Midwives. All experts in low-risk pregnancy, vaginal delivery, and postpartum care.
Above all, they dedicate themselves to delivering a happy and healthy birth experience for both mom and baby. Their CNMs have a variety of backgrounds. Meaning they provide a well-rounded experience and welcoming environment for all types of patients—something I love to find out. Between the six of them, they also provide postpartum mental health support, lactation support, and health and exercise support during pregnancy.
Modern Obstetrics & Gynecology of North Atlanta is unlike the other midwifery care listed here in that it offers what it calls a “shared model of care” between midwives and Ob-Gyns. They have a team of nine Certified Nurse-Midwives from a diverse variety of backgrounds. Additionally, this team provides care in four North Atlanta locations. Johns Creek Medlock Bridge, Cumming Northside Forsyth, Alpharetta at Avalon, and Johns Creek Emory Campus. Hospital care. Such as co-managing your labor with the help of a physician is provided at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Northside Hospital-Forsyth.
Birth By Grace Midwifery was started in 2014 by Christine Taylor, a Certified Nurse-Midwife, along with her team of three. Her team’s certifications also include Certified Doula services, and they even offer a Prenatal Companion Service for mamas who plan to give birth in a hospital. Birth By Grace Midwifery is Black woman-owned. Their team also comprises solely of women of color. Making them an excellent choice for any expecting mamas who wish to support and receive support from fellow Black women or women of color.
My last (but not least!) option for Atlanta-based midwife services is Gifted Hands Midwifery, run by Kwajalein (Kay) Cleveland, a Certified Nurse-Midwife. Kay, in addition to midwife services, is also certified in Advanced Fetal Heart Monitoring, Out Of Hospital Birth Emergencies, Basic Life Support, and Neonatal Resuscitation. Making her team a great fit for first-time mamas. Or even second or third-time mamas that may be new to using a midwife during birth. In addition, Gifted Hands Midwifery offers postpartum care, newborn care, screening, and continued support from a midwife. If transfer to a hospital is necessary. Like Birth By Grace Midwifery, Gifted Hands Midwifery loves being a Black-woman owned with a team made up largely of Black women.
No matter how you bring your new bundle of joy into the world, whether it be a water, home, or hospital birth, there are Atlanta midwives ready to help all of you mamas!
If you’re a new or soon-to-be mama, I’m ready to help you document and celebrate this precious time! Book a maternity or newborn session with me today!