Nurse-midwives believe that every individual has the right to safe, satisfying care with respect for human dignity and cultural variations. We support each person's right to
self-determination, to complete information and to active participation in their health
care. CNMs believe the normal processes of pregnancy and birth can be enhanced through education, health care and supportive intervention. Clients and their families are partners with the nurse-midwife in the provision of health care. We believe that medical intervention should be used only when necessary, and that each woman should be treated in a holistic manner as an individual.
DONNA C. ROOSA, MS, CNM
Co-Founder of Avalon Midwives & Clinical Director
of Our Birthing Center
Donna Roosa started her nursing career as a graduate of Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing, and then received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from William Paterson University. After working as a labor and delivery nurse for 10 years, Donna returned to Columbia University and earned a Master of Science degree in nursing and midwifery. She has worked in a number of midwifery practices, including both hospital and private settings as well as in a free standing birthing center. Donna is the co-founder of Avalon Midwives & Clinical Director of Our Birthing Center. She is an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, and the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. Donna is the proud mother of Jennifer, Chris and Amanda and has six grandchildren.
KIMBERLY M. MAHER,
Kimberly Maher has spent her entire career caring for childbearing women and their families. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from William Paterson University of New Jersey. She entered the field directly into labor and delivery and has cared for women in a vast array of settings including their homes, hospitals and offices. She believes that the education of women and their families is the best tool that can be provided, allowing women to safely and collaboratively take control of their birth outcomes. Kim obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, specializing in Midwifery and Women’s Health. Kim and Matt live with their four children, Erin, their twins Olivia & Julia and their newest addition Patrick.
Jennifer Krogstad began her career working in emergency services. She then transitioned to acute medical and surgical care, but found her true passion when she found the maternal and child arena. After 15 years as a labor and delivery nurse, Jennifer returned to graduate school and earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Rutgers University specializing in midwifery and women’s health. Active in both hospital-based and private practice, Jennifer believes in the importance of educating and empowering women so that they can make informed decisions regarding their own pregnancy and childbirth, and maintain health throughout their lifespans. She believes women should have the opportunity to make personal choices about their bodies, their babies, and their experiences. Jennifer and her husband Erik are proud parents of their two beautiful children, Kiersten and Joshua.
JOANN YATES, MS, CNM
of Avalon Midwives
JoAnn Yates received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Seton Hall University, and a Master of Science degree in nursing and midwifery from Columbia University.
Prior to completing her graduate degree
she practiced as a labor and delivery nurse
at Mountainside Hospital for 15 years. Since becoming a CNM, she has worked in both hospital-based and private practices. JoAnn
is the co-founder of Avalon Midwives. She is an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, and the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. She is the proud mom of 2 sons, Doug and Brad.
MSN, CNM, FNP
Lisa Millstein brings over 25 years of experience to Avalon A Center for Womens Health as both a nurse-midwife and a certified family nurse practitioner, with extensive knowledge in family planning. She holds degrees from New York University, Pace University, and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is board certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives and . Lisa enjoys working with women through their transistions of life, and condisders birth a journey to self discovery. Lisa is mom to 3 children, Zoe, Max and Sophie.
Nicole is a midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner. She graduated from the Yale School of Nursing after working in policy and advocacy at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for five years, where she was inspired to start her own clinical career.Throughout her clinical and professional experiences, Nicole has been fortunate to practice in home, birth center, and hospital settings. She is passionate about lactation support and is a Certified Lactation Counselor.
Nicole is honored to be part of the long midwifery tradition of supporting clients through compassion, education, and evidence-based practice. She feels honored to be invited into clients' lives during such important transitions and believes that birth matters.NIn addition to her clinical credentials, Nicole holds an MA in international affairs from the New School and a BA in human rights and political studies from Bard College. She also recently became a mother herself in 2017. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her family and grew up in rural Vermont.
After graduating from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in Anthropology and Gender Studies, Phoebe worked as a clinical research assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. It was during this time that Phoebe was inspired to begin a clinical career of her own.
Her journey into midwifery began as a birth doula, volunteering at a small, free-standing birth center in rural Guatemala. From there, she moved back to Boston to continue working as a birth doula, supporting growing families through pregnancy and childbirth. Phoebe is a midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner with a MSN from the Yale School of Nursing. Phoebe joined the Avalon team in 2018.
BSN, RN, NRP, CPST
Leah Bowden received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Leah worked in Neonatal Intensive Care
for 14 years before accepting a position with the Avalon family in 2014. She is a neonatal resuscitation instructor and provider. Leah has spent her entire career trying to ensure the safety of our children. In her free time, Leah enjoys gardening, all things Disney, and spending time with her husband, Paul and two daughters, Madison and Kaylyn.
Chrisann Palmieri received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from William Paterson University and her Master's degree in Midwifery and Women's Health from Georgetown University. Her nursing experience ranges from Emergency Room and Cardiac Surgery to Labor and Delivery in both a hospital and free-standing birth center. Chrisann strives to make every patient encounter compassionate, thorough, and evidence-based. She is an active member of the American College of Nurse Midwives and Evidence Based Birth Professionals. When she is not serving birthing people and their families, she enjoys making wheel-thrown pottery and spending time with her husband and three boys, Ben, Patrick, and Max.