Midwifery Education Program Faculty

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 at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate.

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.

Midwifery Education Program Faculty

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.

Our faculty

Director, Midwifery Education Program
Assistant Professor, UMass Chan Medical School-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.


Instructor, UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate

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.

Formal photo of 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.



Assistant Professor, UMass Chan Medical School-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.

 Formal photo of JAIN LATTES, MSN, CNM, PMHNP

Instructor, UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate

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.

Formal photo of LAURA MOTYL, MS, CNM

Instructor, UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate

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.

Formal portrait of 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.

Formal portrait of TONJA SANTOS, MSN, CNM, FACNM

Instructor, UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate

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.

Formal portrait of SHARON WEINTRAUB, MSN, CNM

Instructor, UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate

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.

Formal portrait of LIZA WINSTON, MSN, CNM

Instructor, UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate

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.

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