Birth Centers & Midwives


A birth center is a health care facility for childbirth where care is provided in the midwifery and wellness model. The birth center is freestanding and not a hospital.  Birth centers are guided by principles of prevention, sensitivity, safety, appropriate medical intervention and cost-effectiveness. The birth center respects and facilitates a woman’s right to make informed choices about her health care and her baby’s health care based on her values and beliefs. The woman’s family, as she defines it, is welcome to participate in the pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.

Boise Women's Health & Birth Center - Boise

Mercy Birth Center - Boise

New Beginnings Birth Center - Meridian

Treasure Valley Midwives - Boise

Whole Life Midwifery & Birth Center - Nampa


Midwives are trained professionals with expertise and skills in supporting women to maintain healthy pregnancies and have optimal births and recoveries during the postpartum period. Midwives provide women with individualized care uniquely suited to their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs. Midwifery is a woman-centered empowering model of maternity care that is utilized in all of the countries of the world. (From the Midwives Alliance of North America,

Certification is offered by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). Practice and credentials related to midwifery differ throughout the United States. Below is a brief description of each of type of midwife:

Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM): a midwife trained and licensed in nursing and midwifery. Nurse-midwives must have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. They are also certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Certified Midwife (CM): an individual trained and certified in midwifery. Certified midwives must have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. They are also certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Certified Professional Midwife (CPM): an individual who is trained in midwifery and meets  standards of the North American Registry of Midwives. Multiple educational backgrounds are recognized to become a CPM.

Direct-Entry Midwife (DEM): an independent individual trained in midwifery through various sources that may include apprenticeship, self-study, a midwifery school, or a college/university program.

A Family Art

  • Julia Swart, BSM, CPM, LM    

Advanced Specialty Care for Women

  • Jane Weis, CNM    

Boise Women's Health & Birth Center

  • Charlotte Salinas Wilkes, CNM APRN

Family Tree Midwifery

  • Brittany Hiller, LM, CPM    

Glen Lovelace Obstetrics, Gynecology and Midwifery

  • Kristi Rhodes CNM, MSN    

Mercy Birth Center

  • Rose Penwell, LM, CPM, BSM
  • Rachel Mast, LM, CPM
  • Vicki Penwell, LM. CPM, MSM    

New Beginnings Birth Center

  • Kellie Northam, MSN, CNM, APRN
  • Jacquetta Barnett CPM, LM    

Special Delivery Midwives

  • Donna Z. Holmes, CPM, LM    

St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center

  • Kristin Gomes, CNM
  • Amy English-Burt, CNM WHNP-BC
  • Rebekah Fayette, CNM
  • Frances Harris, CNM
  • Erika Johnson, CNM
  • Raquel Johnson, CNM
  • Margie Widener, CNM    

St. Luke’s Clinic – Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Michella A. Habeck, CNM
  • Elissa D. Merrill, CNM
  • Tasha W. Parker, CNM
  • Helene F. Reusser, CNM
  • Kristina D. Rhodes, CNM
  • Tamara M. Rolan, CNM
  • Cortney L. Schnupp, CNM
  • Kathy Watkins-Brecheen, CNM
  • Charlotte S. Wilkes, CNM

The Birds and the Bees Midwifery

  • Kristin Adams, CPM    

Treasure Valley Midwives

  • Paula Wiens, LM, CPM, CNM
  • Carol Johnson, CPM, LM
  • Laurie Hadden, LM
  • Jessica Voigt, CNM
  • Kerry Horton, CNM    

TwoStones Midwifery

  • Suzie campana CPM, LM

Whole Life Midwifery & Birth Center

  • Annette Lewis, LM, CPM    

Women's Health Associates

  • Georgianna Ainslie DNP, CNM
  • Cortney Fields CNM    

Note: Building Villages does not specifically endorse any of the listed providers, programs, or businesses, and can not attest to the quality of the services provided. This list is for informational purposes only. Please take time to research and choose providers and services based on your own personal experience and judgement.