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.
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.
Laney Lewis: CPM, LM, Licensed Midwife
Laney grew up in southern Indiana in a small town called Spencer. 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, NRP, and CBA certified.
Danielle McEntee: Licensed Midwifery Apprentice, Certified Birth Assistant
Danielle's (or Dani's!) journey towards midwifery began almost 14 years ago with the birth of her first child. As a young mother, trying to navigate through prenatal care and labor without proper education or personalized care from her providers, and a traumatic medical-intervention-based first birth, she set on a path of discovery. She took it upon herself to further explore the intricacies of womanhood and the beauty of pregnancy and birth. That path eventually led her to experience the joy and empowerment of midwifery-based care and home birth for herself, with her second and third children.
In January 2021, she moved to Bozeman to train under Amy Kirbow, serving home birth mothers in Montana. Dani is passionate about cheering on and nurturing women. She believes a woman's body is a miraculous creation, and childbirth is a privilege and an honor bestowed upon all who choose it. She aspires to embody the meaning of the word "midwife".......which is: "with woman".
Having served as a doula, a teen pregnancy counselor, a nonprofit youth worker, a childbirth educator, a photographer, a prenatal yoga and movement coach, and a mother herself, she is excited to incorporate all of those aspects into her calling of birth work as she serves the women and families of Montana.
Dani is CPR, BLS, NRP, and CBA certified.
Kathryn Walpole: Doula and Childbirth Educator
Kathryn is a birth doula, childbirth educator and photographer.
Her journey to into the birth world began with a heart for serving internationally and while she was overseas, was introduced to midwifery being the practice of "being with women." This seemed like the perfect avenue to serve women and their families in some of the most intimate moments. Since then she has found her heart thrives when caring for women as their doula and equipping each mother she serves with powerful education.
She believes that birth and motherhood are gifts to women to strengthen character, empower identity and learn about the innate abilities as a woman. Birth is one of the most inspiring and beautiful things she has the privilege to be a part of.
At the Bozeman Birth Center, Kathryn's desire is to support our mom's by journeying with them through education and giving them resources to thrive in their pregnancy, birth and new season of motherhood.
Kathryn loves that she gets to call Montana home in this season and you'll likely find her backpacking the trails, rock climbing, or planning her next adventure with her camera in hand. She also enjoys a cozy cup of tea or coffee with friends and is beyond grateful for the friendships in Montana that have become like family and support so much of her calling in serving women here in the valley and equipping to serve internationally.
Jennifer Carlson: Licensed Midwifery Apprentice, Certified Birth Assistant
Jennifer (or Jen) Carlson has been serving women and families in a variety of settings for over twenty years. Born and raised on a small farm in Minnesota, her life journey has led her to work with diverse cultures in Chicago and suburbs, overseas in the Middle East, and beyond. Her desire is for women to truly be seen, heard, honored, and supported in their individual unique identity and place in the world, especially through pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood.
Her experiences as a registered nurse, nanny, birth doula, and more, have been a part of leading Jen to now pursue midwifery as a unique and fuller expression of serving women and their families. Currently she is a midwifery student, taking classes and enjoying apprenticeship, in the process to become a CPM and LM. She believes in the divine design of a woman’s body to carry and bring forth life, as well as the empowering potential of birth when a woman is supported and cared for well in the process.
Beyond birth, Jen loves the outdoors, hiking, reading, time with family/friends, and is grateful to call Montana home in this season!
Jen is CPR, BLS, NRP, and CBA certified.
It is our love language to walk alongside women as they grow and birth new life. It is our mission to ensure the midwifery model of care is passed to the next generation of women. To this end, we encourage and invite midwifery students into our practice. Our students are Licensed with the state of Montana as Midwifery Apprentices and are professional, reliable, confident and caring. Students are required to maintain HIPPA confidentiality and are certified as doulas, childbirth educators, birth assistants and are qualified in CPR and NRP.