The Birth Center’s mission is to provide safe, holistic, and compassionate care to women and families in a comfortable, low-intervention environment where women feel supported, empowered, and involved in their medical decisions. Care is provided based on evidenced-based practices as well as an innate trust in the human body.
Kayla Wright: CNM, WHNP, CLC, PMAD
CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE / WOMEN’S HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER / CERTIFIED LACTATION COUNSELOR / PERINATAL MOOD DISORDER CERTIFIED
Kayla’s midwifery journey began at age 10 with her hands pressed against the pregnant belly of her 5th grade teacher. Since then, her focus never wavered as she pursued her passion to become a midwife. Her dream was realized as she graduated at the top of her class from Yale School of Nursing as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) in 2014.
Kayla is a firm believer in the normalcy of the birth process and the intelligence of the human body. She started her journey attending births in the hospital, but quickly moved to the birth center environment where she found her true calling. She constantly strives to promote both a physically and psychologically safe space for birth and develop trusting, communicative relationships with her clients and their families. She views birth as a transformative, empowering journey for women and their families. She is honored to support new and growing families on their adventure into parenthood.
Kayla lives in Bozeman with her partner (Greg), puppy (Oshie), and bearded dragon (Murphy). An Idaho native, Kayla is thrilled to be back among the mountains and the people of the West. She enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, cross-country skiing, belly dancing, and bike riding.
Stephanie Lindholm BSN, Nurse Birth Assistant
I am the only one of my five siblings delivered by a midwife and my mom always said I was her "easiest and best delivery." When I told my siblings about working at a birth center with midwives they weren't surprised. I had written papers about midwifery and birth centers in nursing school and graduated as a BSN. I then delivered my own girls with competent midwives. My husband was glad to be so involved in the delivery with cutting the cord and skin-to-skin but he left the catching of our youngest baby to me. When not working we enjoy hiking, cross country skiing, and playing games.
Rosalina Sherman BSN, Nurse Birth Assistant
When Rosa was 12, she had the privilege of attending the birth of her little brother, born via an un-medicated VBAC. Awed by her mother’s courage, strength, and perseverance in labor, the first seeds were planted that would grow into Rosa’s career as a L&D nurse.
Rosa graduated with her BSN from Montana State University. She has held many positions from clinic to hospital care but finally found her home at the Bozeman Birth Center. Rosa’s passion is for patient education; giving women and their partners the tools they need to feel comfortable and be successful through the birth and postpartum journey. Rosa feels blessed to attend women and their families through this intimate and life altering experience.
Rosa is the proud mother of four. She had the joy of welcoming her youngest to the world at The Birth Center surrounded by her “work family,” our wonderful birth team. In her free time she loves to curl up with a good book or get out and enjoy the outdoors; fishing, hiking, and camping.
Brooke Bent, Office Manager
Brooke’s first introduction to midwifery and natural, out-of-hospital birth was in 2013 when she realized after a “pregnancy scare” that she was afraid of labor. After research, she realized that labor does not need to be scary or difficult as it is sometimes portrayed by culture and TV. When she became pregnant two years later, she was able to achieve her dream: a joyful, natural birth with Kayla assisting at the Bozeman Birth Center. Her beautiful and fun birth experience (complete with a dance party!) further sparked her passion for natural birth. Two years later, her second baby was also born at the Bozeman Birth Center and she loves to share her natural birth stories.
Brooke studied English and Spanish at MSU and has worn many hats over the years and holds various licenses. Most of all, she enjoys working with and helping people. She has traveled abroad including a stint as a foreign exchange student in Chile. But for now, she enjoys staying put in Montana and spending time with her husband and two kids. They love to spend time outside on trampolines and going to parks in the summer and visiting museums and bounce houses in the winter. A lover of language, Brooke enjoys spending time with her nose in a good book and writing her own books. She has had a children’s book published with more in the making.
Krista Hays: CPM, DEM (Visiting Midwife)
CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MIDWIFE / DIRECT ENTRY MIDWIFE
Krista hails from Salmon, Idaho and was raised in a ranching family. Her fascination with all things birth related began as a child, helping her Grandfather do the midnight calving shift. Her passion for women’s healthcare and midwifery evolved after witnessing a family member give birth at home, attended by the local midwife in 1991. The midwife decided if she was going to have to answer all of Krista’s questions, she might as well make good use of her, and offered her an opportunity to learn to be a birth assistant, and eventually offered her an apprenticeship.
Blessed with a mentor who developed a unique set of skills and expertise serving birthing families all over rural Central Idaho and Western Montana, Krista gained a deep, fundamental trust and awe in physiological birth, and developed a strong commitment to community-based midwifery. In 1993 she moved to Boise, Idaho to receive more training and experience with another skilled midwife and continued her apprenticeship. She supported her education by working and honing her skills in her other passion- organic whole foods, and cooking. She spent the next 6 years as a student midwife for a busy home-birth practice, combining formal academic study and hands-on clinical training.
Krista received credentialing as a CPM and as a Licensed Professional Midwife in Idaho in 2012. She enjoyed practicing midwifery both at a busy birth center in Eastern Idaho, and in her own independent home birth practice, serving Teton Valley and the Salmon area until 2016. During 2016-2018, she spent 9 months of the year in Boise working at a birth center with her original mentor, and spent her summers as a camp chef for a remote fly-fishing outfit on the South Fork of the Snake River. After several trips to Bozeman to visit a close friend who relocated here, Krista decided to begin the next half of her life enjoying all that Gallatin Valley has to offer! She is now also licensed as a Direct Entry Midwife in Montana and is excited to be serving this community alongside the amazing staff of the Bozeman Birth Center.
Krista is part of a large, boisterous family and very proud Auntie to ten nieces and nephews, three of which she was privileged to see being born. When her head isn’t buried in books and research relating to maternity care, she can be found enjoying yoga practice, gardening, wildcrafting herbs, knitting, live music, camping, hiking, and card games.