Our Mission

 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.

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Our Team

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Lauren Hinkle: CNM

CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE

Lauren Hinkle is a Certified Nurse-Midwife who began her journey into Midwifery after witnessing her first birth in nursing school.  She fell in love and knew supporting pregnancy, birth, and in general women’s health was her calling.  She started her family with her husband in the Tetons and had two wonderful yet different birthing experiences.  In hopes to positively support others in childbirth, she then chose to actively pursue Midwifery.  She graduated with her Masters of Science as a Nurse-Midwife from Frontier Nursing University.  Prior to beginning work with the Bozeman Birth Center, she practiced as a Certified Nurse-Midwife in a supportive and busy rural women’s health practice.  Throughout her masters, she studied and practiced in West Virginia as well as in an independent birth center in Georgia.  Her work in multiple regions and healthcare settings influenced how she desired to support the unique needs of women and their births.  Her most influential experiences took place in the birth center setting.  This environment facilitated trusting the physiological birth process as well her ability to support childbirth without unnecessary interference.  

 

Lauren, her husband, and two daughters chose to relocate to Bozeman as they love the Yellowstone region and saw it as an excellent place to raise their children.  She is originally from Georgia and moved to Jackson, Wyoming seeking big mountains for skiing and hiking.  When she’s not catching babies, she tries to stay outside with her family enjoying mountain biking, trail running, and skiing in the winter.

 

The Bozeman Birth Center is a place that supports Bozeman’s unique diversified community. The opportunity to work in an independent birth center contributes to her personal mission of providing evidence-based safe care that she also feels is individualized to the women or families needs. It allows for an environment that is supportive of the natural birth process. The strength of a woman in childbirth constantly amazes her.  She is excited to continue offering the excellent care and services that the birth center provides to the growing region.

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Amy Kirbow: CPM, LM, LICENSED MIDWIFE 

Amy has walked alongside women and helped them in birth for almost 20 years, and for more than 10 of these years has been certified as a midwife. She began her pursuit of midwifery after the traumatic birth of her first son 23 years ago. Following that experience, she knew the modern medical approach should not be the starting point for woman nor the definition of birth. Having learned about midwifery as an option she chose a natural birth using midwives for her two other sons with redeeming and life changing outcomes. Understanding the spectrum of what birth can be both with and without education and a plan, Amy has made it her mission to help women have options, choices, information and education. 

 

Prior to beginning work with the Bozeman Birth Center, she practiced as a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Midwife in a solo home birth practice for over 10 years. Amy believes birth is natural, normal and intricately designed and the less we do as providers to interfere, the more it works. She believes in the model of midwifery and loves supporting women in out-of-hospital environments, be it in the home or in the birth center setting.

 

Her philosophy of birth is simple: because birth is intricately designed, intervention should rarely be necessary. Midwives should be the standard of care for women who are low risk. She believes the childbearing years are the best years of a woman’s life; they should be celebrated, embraced and enjoyed. It is her honor to walk alongside women during this beautiful and sacred time supporting them, their choices and their family. As a midwife, Amy supports classical midwifery values.

 

Her goal at the Bozeman Birth Center is to work with the growing community, offering exceptional service and individualized care to women and families. She aims to work with her clients to provide them with the comfortable safe birth experience they know is possible. Amy knows each woman is unique, and every birth story should be as well. Her desire is to help women to see birth as a normal, beautiful life event waiting to unfold. She eagerly looks forward to walking alongside you in this journey. 

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Laney Lewis, CBA

 

 

Laney grew up in southern Indiana in a small town called Spencer. She is currently a midwifery student in the process to becoming a CPM and LM. She started her midwifery career in 2019 in the Dominican Republic where she witnessed her first birth and was able to learn from many talented doulas, CPMs/CNMs and OBGYNs both American and Dominican. This jump started her love for birth and the excitement of what it means to be a midwife. 

 

In October 2020 she moved to Bozeman, MT where she began her apprenticeship. When not assisting in birth, Laney loves to hike, spend time with friends and loves learning new things.  One of her favorite quotes that well represents her birth philosophy is by Ina May Gaskin: “Birth Matters... It matters because it is the way we all begin our lives outside of our mother's bodies. It's the means from which we enter and feel our first impression of the wider world. For each mother, it is an event that shakes and shapes her to her innermost core. Women's perceptions about their bodies and their babies' capabilities will be deeply influenced by the care they receive around the time of birth.”

 

Laney is CPR and NRP certified.