The mission of Tree of Life Family Birth Center is to offer women with low-risk pregnancies a safe, natural, more personalized birth experience, in keeping with applicable standards of midwifery practice, under the care of Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs).
Our team consists of Certified Nurse Midwives, certified through the American College of Nurse Midwives. The midwives practice collaboratively with American College of Obstretics and Gynecology board certified physicians, to provide you with the highest quality of care during your pregnancy and birth of your child. Our philosophy guides us to help you achieve the birth that you envision for yourself. We are all members of the staff at WomanCare, Kentuckiana’s premiere OB/GYN practice, with one of the regions lowest cesarean section rates, and a longstanding commitment to providing extraordinary care before, during and after delivery, as well as providing well-woman care, preconception counseling, contraceptive management, and GYN problem visits.
A native of the Louisville area, Dr. Grady received his undergraduate degree from Translyvania University, then graduated from the University of Louisville Medical School, followed by an OB/GYN residency at the Medical College of Georgia. He provides care for women of all ages, including general and high-risk obstetrics and a wide range of gynecological care. He has three boys and is a member of the Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Northside Christian Church.
Originally from Muskegon, Michigan, Dr. Wright received his BA from Tulane University, then went on to graduate from the University of Louisville Medical School. From there, Dr. Wright completed his OB/GYN residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. From general and high-risk obstetrics to incontinence and infertility including laparoscopy, Dr. Wright provides complete care to women of all ages. He and his wife Jennifer have two children. Dr. Wright volunteers at Woman’s Choice Resource Center and is a member of Southeast Christian Church.
Dr. Davenport completed her undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University, then went on to earn her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from the University of Louisville Medical School. She completed her OB/GYN Residency at Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth Medical Center where she received the Award for Excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery from the American Urogynecology Society for her research and surgical skills. From general and high-risk obstetrics to incontinence and infertility including laparoscopy, Dr. Davenport provides complete care to women of all ages. Her scope of practice includes vaginal deliveries, VBACs, and cesarean sections. Dr. Davenport is originally from Kentucky and is proud to be back home to serve the women of Kentuckiana.
As the region’s most experienced Certified Nurse-Midwife, Elizabeth specializes in natural childbirth, deliveries and fertility counseling. She also provides care for well women, annual exams, preconceptual counseling, contraceptive services and prenatal care. Elizabeth received her RN and BSN degrees from Indiana University Southeast, and earned her MSN and CNM designations from the University of Kentucky. She is a Member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, a presenter at area high schools on topics such as birth control, pregnancy, breastfeeding and STD prevention. A native of Harrison County who served as an Army Nurse at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, she has four children and four grandchildren.
As a Certified Nurse-Midwife, Alison specializes in natural childbirth, deliveries and fertility counseling. She also provides care for well women, annual exams, preconceptual counseling, contraceptive services and prenatal care. Alison received her RN and BSN degrees from Indiana University Southeast, and earned her MSN and CNM designations from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. Prior to earning her Certified Nurse Midwife designation, Alison worked for many years as an RN at Clark Memorial Hospital, where she provided prenatal, antepartum and intrapartal care to expectant mothers, and postnatal care to mothers and infants, and also served as Relief Charge Nurse. She is a Member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Nicole has been passionately caring for women, babies and their families since she graduated with her bachelors degree in Nursing from Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis in 2010. She comes to us with six years of experience in labor and delivery, post-partum and newborn care. Nicole graduated with a MSN from Vanderbilt University in 2012 as a Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health, and most recently graduated from University of Indianapolis in 2014 with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Nurse Midwifery. Nicole completed her midwifery practicum with Beth Bary, CNM of WomanCare, and deeply values the practice’s culture of care for women. She takes special interest in the natural birthing process as well as incorporating family and other support persons into care throughout pregnancy into the postpartum period. Nicole values the individuality of every birth and works to tailor the birthing experience to each family. Nicole enjoys serving the communities of Southern Indiana and will be joining us from Columbus, Indiana where she was raised. When she is not caring for women, Nicole enjoys traveling and spending time with her nieces and nephew.
Jennifer specializes in caring for women and newborns, with a career lovingly built on providing compassionate care for both. She graduated with her bachelors degree in Nursing from Indiana University Southeast, and earned her Certified Nurse Midwife certification from the University of Indianapolis. As a Certified Lactation Counselor® she has demonstrated the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to provide clinical breastfeeding counseling and management support to women who are thinking about breastfeeding or have questions or problems concerning breastfeeding/lactation. Prior to joining WomanCare she worked in the Family Birth Place at Clark Memorial Hospital in the labor and delivery and postpartum unit. She also worked for the University of Louisville Hospital caring for women who were victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. She is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Tree of Life Family Birth Center features home-like birthing suites with queen-size beds, tubs for hydrotherapy as well as for birth, a family waiting area with a kitchenette, all designed to create a comfortable atmosphere for your baby’s birth.
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Elizabeth Bary Quinkert, RN, CNM, Alison Reid, RN, CNM, CLC, Nicole Sichting, APRN, WHPN-BC, CNM, and Jennifer Hayes APRN, CNM, CLC, SANE practice full-scope midwifery at WomanCare, LLC in Jeffersonville. The WomanCare midwifery group has been in practice since 1997, and has been a leader in promoting natural birth alternatives to the women of southern Indiana and the Louisville Metro area since their inception.
While there are many educational routes for midwives, Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM) are registered nurses with a graduate degree from an American College of Nurse-Midwives accredited program, and pass a national certification exam. CNMs are educated in both nursing and midwifery and can practice anywhere in the U.S.
Nurse-Midwives are advanced practice nurses with extensive education in obstetrics. They provide the family with information about pregnancy and birth, encourage prenatal education classes, assist with breastfeeding education and consult with breastfeeding specialists if necessary, and collaborate with physician providers if the pregnancy becomes high-risk. They work together with the family to make decisions about their care considering the options available to the family and together will create the birth plan that reflects the family’s ideal birth experience. In the event that the birth becomes high-risk, or the plan changes, the CNMs will work collaboratively with the WomanCare physicians to continue to provide the safest possible birth.
Certified Nurse-Midwives are licensed to prescribe medications and to perform medical procedures, but they also recognize the effectiveness of alternate modalities of care and frequently recommend the use of herbs, essential oils, massage therapy, chiropractic care, meditation, and other natural forms of healing.
Families would be admitted to the Tree of Life Family Birth Center once active labor has begun. Medications for the induction or augmentation of labor will not be allowed. Women will be allowed to eat in labor if they desire. The Tree of Life Family Birth Center promotes natural childbirth, birth without the use of pain medications or epidural analgesia. For comfort in labor, women will be encouraged to use ambulation, tubs and showers, relaxation methods, meditation, aroma therapy, and music therapy, along with the support of their family and doula. Nitrous Oxide will be available as well during the later part of the labor if needed.
For women who choose the more personalized birth experience of using a nurse-midwife, the Tree of Life Family Birth Center offers the expertise of three Certified Nurse-Midwives — including the region’s most experienced — providing:
Normal, healthy birth is supported by physical and psychological factors that promote effective labor.