Staff

 

Providers

The healthcare providers at the Birth & Women’s Center are three certified nurse midwives(CNM’s) and five registered nurses(RN’s).

Nurse midwives are educated in the two professions of nursing and midwifery. They are experienced registered nurses who have completed a post-graduate level midwifery education program to become licensed and certified as nurse midwives.

RN’s are graduate trained nurses who are licensed in the state of Kansas after completion of an accredited educational program.

Jodi Blair, PhD, CNM
Jodi_Blair_sq Jodi’s first connection with the Birth and Women’s Center was when her first child was born. Her experience led her to decide she wanted to become a midwife and work at the Birth and Women’s Center someday. Following many years of nursing school, midwifery school and completing her PhD, she was able to realize that dream.  She began working at the Birth Center as a nurse in 1990 and then as a midwife in 1996. Jodi is now the proud leader of the Birth and Women’s Center. She likes the close relationships developed with clients and loves seeing the strength and courage brought out in women and families. Jodi has also been a faculty member of several Kansas Universities and currently teaches allied health courses at Allen County Community College. She lives in the country with her husband of 34 years and their daughter. They are the parents of 2 birth children and 4 adopted children.

Eileen Greenham, CNM
Eileen_Greenham_sqEileen has been a certified nurse midwife since 1990, before which she worked as a registered nurse in ICU, medical-surgical nursing and rehabilitation. Her experience as a CNM has been in birth centers, hospitals and home birth settings.  Eileen grew up in East Africa, and as an adult she’s lived in many different places.  Her children were born in Congo; her two grandchildren were born at home here in Kansas. “I love working at the Birth & Women’s Center mainly because of the women who come to the center.  I feel strongly that women experiencing normal, low risk pregnancies should have the option of having a low intervention, out of hospital birth if that is desired. I so enjoy getting to know the women and their families during their pregnancies, at their births and postpartum, as well as at their well woman visits. It is a privilege and a joy to help women feel empowered.”

 

Registered Nurses

The registered nurses on staff obtain histories and take vital signs during gynecological and prenatal visits. They also provide nursing care during labor, delivery, and postpartum visits.

Rachelle Flynn, BSRN, Director of Nursing
Rachelle_Flynn_sqRachelle earned her nursing degree from Baker University School of Nursing in 2012 and has been a nurse at the Birth and Women’s Center since the summer of 2014. In school and post-graduation, her educational focus has been on breastfeeding, natural childbirth, and women’s health. Rachelle lives on a small farm north of Topeka with her husband and two children. Her youngest was born at the Birth and Women’s Center.  Her parenting interests include baby-wearing, cloth diapers, and baby-led weaning.

Hailey Kanngiesser, BSRN                                                                                                            Hailey was raised in Maple Hill Kansas and served in the U. S. Navy for 4 years before returning to her roots to attend nursing school. It was during her nursing clinical that she realized her calling was maternal-child health. She received her BSN from Baker University in 2012. Hailey’s nursing career has primarily focused on mothers and babies, but she has experience in trauma and disaster preparation through her training in the Air National Guard. She continues to work at a local hospital giving her a variety of experiences in both out-of-hospital and in-hospital settings, but she has a special passion for working with midwives and mothers in the out-of-hospital birth setting.  Hailey is the mother of three lovely children, two of which were fortunate enough to have had a midwife in attendance when they entered this world. She joined the BWC Nursing staff in February 2016 and now resides in Topeka, KS with her wonderful family.

Jodie Mayfield, RN, BSc                                                                                                                   Jodie attended nursing school at the Nightingale Institute, Kings College London, graduating in 2000. She earned her BSc in midwifery from Brighton University in 2004.  Prior to relocating to Kansas in 2013, Jodie worked in the UK as a midwife in hospital and community settings for 10 years. She has experience helping women in many different birth environments, including water birth, homebirth and hospital birth, including high risk maternity. Jodie is currently studying for a masters degree to become a certified nurse-midwife in the States and will graduate in the summer of 2017. “In the meantime, I choose to work at the Birth & Women’s Center as a registered nurse as I feel the philosophy of care endorsed here is the same as my own beliefs, that women should birth how they want to in an environment that is supportive, with experienced and qualified staff, working with evidence based guidelines. The best part of my job is helping women through labor. Seeing them receive their baby gives me the greatest reward. I also enjoy helping with breastfeeding, and answering any questions parents may have. I’m here to help you have the best possible experience.”  Jodie’s husband Brian is from Topeka. They married in the UK back in 2004, and have 2 lively children.

Meagan Wise, BSRN                                                                                                                         Meagan received her BSN from Emporia State University – Newman’s Division of Nursing in 2005.  She worked in the NICU for 9 years.  Meagan has a passion for holistic health and healing, and caring for babies and their mothers which led her to working at the Birth and Women’s Center.  She lives in the country outside of Lyndon with her family and lots of animals.  Meagan is married and has a set of energetic twin boys and a sweet and sassy little girl.  Meagan enjoys reading and learning new things, crafting, aromatherapy, yoga and pilates.

PRN Nursing Staff

Jenn Beyer, BSRN

Jenn_Beyer_sqJenn earned her BSN from Baker University School of Nursing in 2009 and has been part of our nursing staff since then. Her interests as a nurse are mental and spiritual health, out of hospital birth, breastfeeding education, and caring for women and their families during pregnancy, birth and beyond. Jenn has 5 children; 2 born at Birth and Women’s Center and 3 born at home with a certified nurse midwife. She loves vegan cooking and sharing meals with friends and family in her home.

Jennifer Driver, BSRN                                                                                                                        Jennifer received her BSN at an all women’s college in GA. She has worked for many years in the NICU and began working at the Birth and Women’s Center January, 2015. She has a love for women’s health and newborn babies.   Jennifer is a Certified Breastfeeding Educator and has a passion for helping women develop confidence in breastfeeding. She loves being a part of watching families grow and enjoys getting to know our clients and their families. Jennifer moved from Georgia to Kansas about 10 years ago. She and her family settled on a small farm south of town. She has 3 adventurous boys and a sassy girl.

Office Staff

Our office manager and business staff manage the daily business of the office and Birth & Women’s Center.

Kelly Greene, Office Manager
Kelly_GreeneKelly began working at the Birth and Women’s Center in 1989. Besides being the Office Manager, she teaches childbirth classes and does labor support. She has two children, one born at the birth center and one born at home. She welcomed a grandson in February 2014 and a granddaughter in 2016. She likes spending time with her family, crafting, gardening and attending her son’s sporting events. Kelly has enjoyed working at the Birth and Women’s Center for over twenty five years and now enjoys seeing second generation babies born here.