All Baystate Midwifery Education Program faculty are masters or doctoral prepared nurse-midwives in the Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology, Division of Midwifery and Community Health.
We hold faculty appointments in the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine or Tufts University School of Medicine.
And, we are all active in clinical practice with Baystate Midwifery and Women’s Health. This gives our students exposure to more than 10,000 women's health visits and 450 deliveries a year.
Between us, we have more than 110 years of clinical practice and 100 years of faculty experience.
Everyone Benefits From Professional Balance
Our faculty find the balance of classroom teaching, clinical precepting and independent practice especially unique and rewarding.
Clinical Practice and Precepting
Our practice with Baystate Midwifery and Women's Health provides full scope care to women at a variety of settings, including four community health centers and the Hampden County Women's Correctional Center. At Baystate Medical Center, midwives with faculty expertise make up the Midwifery Triage Program and the Midwifery OB Team Program.
The collaborative relationships we have with our physician colleagues in the Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology, in the medical center as a whole, and with other CNM practices in the area provides our students with exposure to additional clinical and educational situations.
Research and Leadership
Most faculty have participated in funded research, published or edited in professional publications, and presented at national meetings.
We are active in professional organizations at the national or regional level as well.
Susan (Sukey) Agard Krause MSN, CNM, FACNM
Director, Midwifery Education Program
Assistant Professor, UMMS-Baystate
I received a BSN from the University of Vermont, an MSN in Midwifery from the University of Pennsylvania and a Post Master's Certificate in Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania. I have been on the faculty since 1992 and Director since 2016, and in full scope clinical practice continuously. I have wanted to be a midwife since the age of 14, never waivered from that professional path and have never looked back. I am in midwifery on the national and regional levels. I have been instrumental in the development interprofessional education at Baystate. My passion is to grow the midwifery workforce because every person deserves the care of a midwife. I chair the ACNM Task Force on Innovative Program Design.
I teach the Foundations in Ambulatory Midwifery and Integration courses. I precept in all settings and present seminars in all courses.
I have successfully launched three young adults, live happily with my husband and no pets. I love to dance traditional dances of England and New England as well as ballroom and sword. You will see me often with knitting needles, as well. But not on the dance floor.
Sarah Barton, MSN, DNP, CNM
I have worked in healthcare for over 20 years with the last 13 being focused of women’s health. I received a Master’s Degree in Nursing with a specialty of Midwifery from Frontier University in 2012 and a DNP from the same institution in 2020. I have worked in the Pioneer Valley as a Midwife ever since graduating, first as a staff midwife, then a Midwifery Director, and I joined Baystate Midwifery Education Program as faculty and the clinical practice with Baystate Midwifery and Women’s Health in 2018.
I am excited to be a part of a practice that shares my enthusiasm for teaching. I am the current course coordinator for Pharmacology and the clinical coordinator within the education program. My passion for teaching stems from a desire to provide as many patients with Midwifery care as possible, and I realize the most effective way to do this is to share the knowledge and expertise I have with those who have a similar desire to learn the art and practice of Midwifery.
Carly Detterman, MSN, CNM
I received my midwifery education for Frontier Nursing University in 2008. I have been at Baystate since 2009 and on the faculty since 2011. I teach the Intrapartum and the Postpartum and Newborn Care Courses. I came to midwifery because I was drawn to the power and intensity of birth and because I understood the importance of personal individualized care for each person giving birth. I love working with students especially in a small program like Baystate because I get to continue this philosophy of individualized care through education. I value getting to know each student and helping them through their struggles and triumphs. Students keep me learning, are a reminder of why I became a midwife, and keep me centered in my philosophy of midwifery care. Some of my clinical interests are physiologic birth, pelvic medicine, sexual wellness, postpartum support, and correctional health. I am grateful that our practice has chosen to work to identify and attempt to shift health inequities that impact maternal health.
I live in the Berkshires with my family and when I am not midwifing, teaching, or driving my kids around you can find me outside kayaking or hiking with my dog or inside snuggled under a blanket reading cookbooks or fiction and drinking tea.
Laurie A. Friedman, Ph.D., MSN, CNM
Assistant Professor, UMMS-Baystate
I received my MSN in midwifery from Yale University, and my PhD from Boston College. Over my 35 years as a midwife, I have learned every day from the women and families I’ve cared for, and from my midwifery, doula, nursing and physician colleagues. I am committed to educating midwives who can meet the challenges of today and of health care in the future. I have worked in community hospitals, neighborhood health centers, a birth center and tertiary care academic medical centers. I taught midwifery at the University of Rhode Island School of Nursing and the Boston University School of Public Health. Since my undergraduate studies of Anthropology and Women’s Studies I have striven to center an understanding of the interaction of culture and health and to act as if women’s lives matter.
With my faculty colleagues I have been working on aligning our curriculum with anti-racist, transgender and non-binary inclusive, and trauma informed approaches to midwifery care. I am proud of our program’s inter-professional educational work. Additionally, I love teaching hands on basic skills to beginning midwives.
I live in Cambridge, MA with my wife who is a Family Nurse Practitioner and my cat, Artemis. I have two grown sons, one a graduate student in Social Work and the other a senior at Elon University in NC. Picking fresh herbs from my garden to add to a meal brings me joy.
Anastasia Hallisey, MSN, CNM
I received my MSN in Midwifery from the University of New Mexico in 2000. I have been in practice with Baystate Midwifery and Women’s Health since 2006 and on faculty since 2008.
Through a lifetime of yoga practice, I have come to integrate some of the lessons learned on the mat with my style of teaching. Specifically, it is my intention to provide a safe space for students to be honest and look at their own weaknesses as well as strengths through the learning process. Adult learners are often blind-sided by how vulnerable they feel as students. Particularly when they have been experts in their field for a while before taking the leap to advanced practice. We are at our best as teachers when we can help the student harness that vulnerability and transform into real growth.
Clinically, I have exposed myself as a learner numerous times! Most recently as I have worked to expand my practice caring for patients with chronic pelvic pain as well as prioritizing sexual health.
Sharon Holley, MSN, DNP, CNM
Associate Professor, UMMS-Baystate
I received an MSN in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and my DNP from Vanderbilt University. When I was a midwifery student I never envisioned my career being so diverse or that my practice would have so many rich experiences. I could only imagine going into a practice as a midwife and staying there until I retired. To my surprise, and delight, the experiences have enriched my understanding of where you will go and what you can do in your future midwifery career. To share my own career trajectory, my first job out of school was in a Family Practice office in rural Tennessee. I moved to work in a large private OB/Gyn office, followed by two hospital owned midwifery practices, and most recently a midwifery practice located within a university medical center before I relocated in 2017 to work as the Chief of the Division of Midwifery and Community Health at Baystate, an academic medical center. I have taught courses at 3 other midwifery programs prior to teaching in this unique and long-standing midwifery education program at Baystate.
What I enjoy most about teaching is sharing in the development and growth of individuals as they learn the profession of midwifery, and helping them move from novice to expert. It is an honor to share our collective faculty expertise with students who are interested in learning midwifery. My particular interest for teaching is around professional issues, leadership, research, and evidence-based practice within the context of midwifery.
Emily Jackson, MS, CNM
I am a Baystate Midwifery Education Program alumnus and have been a member of the faculty since 2017. My primary faculty role is clinical preceptor for beginning and advanced midwifery students in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. My personal experience as a graduate of the program offers me a unique perspective as a faculty member. My clinical interests include physiologic birth, health promotion and education, adolescent wellness, and family planning.
When I am not working or busy raising my three sons, you can find me trying new recipes, hiking, kayaking, playing soccer, and Olympic weight lifting.
Donna Jackson-Köhlin, MSN, CNM. CCHP
Assistant Professor, UMMS-Baystate
I was brought to midwifery though my experience volunteering after college in a feminist women’s health center in Philadelphia, which had its own out-of-hospital birth center. I still feel so lucky to be able to help women with their health care needs, building their families, and occasionally, attending the births of children I had been present for 20 years or so earlier. I have worked with incarcerated women for many years, and have been able to advocate for improvements in care including pre-release contraception and a breast milk pumping program in the correctional center. I have spent time on international projects, including helping to found a nonprofit organization in the Dominican Republic, whose goal was to help the nursing staff improve care to mothers and families in the maternity ward and in the community. We brought down interested volunteers, many of whom have since returned to school to become nurses, midwives, and physicians. I find teaching so rewarding, whether with our patients in the course of a visit, or with nursing staff in Santo Domingo and Haiti, but particularly with our own midwifery students. Watching the growth from nervous beginner to competent, questioning empathetic new midwife is a wonderful transformation to see, every time.
Outside of work I love spending time traveling, cooking, and playing or hearing and watching music. Our local fiddle orchestra keeps me on my toes.
Jain Lattes, MSN, CNM, PMHNP
I completed my midwifery education at Columbia University in 2000. I have been working with Baystate Midwifery and Women's Health since 2003 in the role of clinical provider, clinical preceptor and faculty member of the Baystate Midwifery Education Program. Recently I returned to school as a student and completed a post-graduate certificate to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. My clinical interests have always been focused on adolescent health care and mental health issues surrounding women's health. Now I am able to combine my areas of expertise to provide psychiatric care for pediatric and adolescent patients in the Baystate community.
Most recently I have also worked to develop a women's mental health consultation service, providing outpatient psychiatric care within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I continue to work as a clinical midwife as well because I am not ready to give up my original passion for midwifery which is the provision of intrapartum care.
Laura Motyl, MS, CNM
I have been a midwife with Baystate Midwifery & Women's Health since 2012. My midwifery work is primarily focused on caring for incarcerated women at the Western Mass Correctional Facility for Women, caring for women on labor and delivery, and performing colposcopy services. I have been precepting students in the Baystate Midwifery Education Program since 2014. I enjoy precepting students in the antenatal and intrapartum settings, as well as teaching select courses in ambulatory care. The diverse clinical and didactic experiences midwifery students of this program encounter is unique and prepares students to become competent, caring, diverse and respected midwives. As a 2012 alum of the Baystate Midwifery Education Program, I can say this will full confidence.
Rochelly Maldonado, MS, CNM
I attended the Baystate Midwifery Education Program and graduated in 2015. I worked in a community hospital in a neighboring city until 2019 when I joined the faculty here at Baystate. As an alumnus of the program and now a faculty member, I find it rewarding to help grow our students. This program and the care we provide is very evidence- and midwifery-based—keeping all faculty on their toes and learning every day. I feel grateful to work alongside amazing midwives that molded me into the midwife I am today.
My clinical interests include lactation, physiologic birth, contraception, sexual wellness and Intrapartum/Postpartum care. I am a strong believer that it is essential for women to be engaged in their health choices and I believe this is accomplished through respect and listening. I am originally from Springfield and am bilingual in Spanish and English. I enjoy providing culturally congruent care in the same community in which I was raised.
Tonja Santos, MSN, CNM
I attended the Midwifery Education Program at Yale University graduating in 2002. I have been a Baystate since 2004 and on faculty for the program since 2005. My areas of interest are hypertension in pregnancy, racial disparities in maternal health, trauma informed care, reproductive justice, practice administration and quality improvement. I am the Assistant Chief of the Division of Midwifery and Community Health and the director of the faculty clinical practice, Baystate Midwifery and Women’s Health. I am deeply involved in anti-racism work within Baystate Health.
Sharon Weintraub, MSN, CNM
My journey to midwifery started with my years of work as an adolescent sex health educator in NYC schools and then clinics. I still use the skills I gained during that time in almost every patient interaction. After attending the Midwifery program at Vanderbilt University I joined the Baystate team in 2018. It is a privilege to work alongside our patients and recognize their power every day.
My particular areas of interest are reproductive justice, adolescent family planning, group prenatal care, and how to best support physiologic birth in a hospital setting. When I’m not midwifing I’m traveling with my partner, training our rescue pup, looking for live music, hiking, working on my swimming skills, and reading for hours on end.
Liza Winston, MSN, CNM
I joined Baystate Midwifery & Women's Health in 2018 after over a decade of work in community hospitals in low risk birthing unit settings. I have been working with Baystate Midwifery Education Program students since 2007 and I enjoy spending time precepting, as well as teaching select seminars. As a faculty member, I strive to support individual students on their paths to becoming midwives. Teaching hand skills and decision making are some of my favorite aspects. My clinical time is focused on caring for incarcerated women, provision of care for primarily Spanish speaking women in the farm worker community and intrapartum care. I also spend time with the first year OB residents as the OB team midwife.
My professional interests include: reproductive justice and health equity, low risk birth settings supporting physiologic birth, care for incarcerated women, and family planning. Our practice makes it possible for both faculty and students to explore all of the dynamic aspects of midwifery care in a small, personalized educational setting.