About Our Practice
We are proud to be one of New Jersey’s oldest midwifery practices lead by one of the most experienced midwives in the nation.
For over three decades, The Childbirth Center was one of New Jersey’s leading free-standing birth and women’s healthcare centers where thousands of women came for normal childbirth with a certified nurse-midwife and kept coming back for all of their care.
Our midwives stay up to date on all the latest treatments and wellness strategies for women
With the leadership of Lonnie Morris who has had a career spanning over 4 decades delivering babies in the tri-state area, the midwives of our center are inspired to maintain the highest standard of care in keeping with her legacy. In addition, we are fortunate to have the highly skilled and respected Dr. Charles Haddad as our collaborative physician. He and his physician associates fully respect and support a True Midwifery Model of Care and provide excellent medical care when necessary.
More About Our Center
Although the Childbirth Center was the first free standing birth center in New Jersey, we are now excited to be delivering in a variety of centers that are designed to offer safe, comfortable and supportive birth experiences.
We don’t just provide joyous birth experiences for our patients and their families but we also provide our patients a lifetime of Gynecological Care including Pap Smears, treatment for vaginal infections and PMS, natural menopause remedies, hormone replacement therapy, birth control and family planning and infertility treatment.
We will take the time to answer all your questions about your healthcare and treatment strategies and most importantly, we will listen to you. Most insurance plans are accepted. Contact us and find out why Midwifery Care is the answer you have been looking for.
Meet Our Team
Our team of Certified Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians and Hospital Support is know for being the most reliable, flexible and experienced in the area. We work together throughout your pregnancy, during your birth and beyond to make sure you have comprehensive and attentive care to every detail to make sure you have an joyous and positive birth experience.
Lonnie Morris, CNM, ND
Our founder, Dr. Lonnie Morris is a national pioneer in natural childbirth as the founder and director of New Jersey’s first out of hospital childbearing facility – The Childbirth Center, P.A.
She holds a Doctorate of Nursing and practices as a Certified Nurse Midwife. She has delivered over 5000 women herself and supervised another nearly 5000 deliveries in her roles as a C.N.M., Birth Center Director, Director of Midwifery at Pascack Valley Hospital and attending midwife at other area hospitals. Lonnie has been a highly vocal advocate of normalizing birth for all. See our story for more information. She has served in various capacities on the Boards of the National Association of Childbearing Centers (now the American Association of Birth Centers) and the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM).
Kate Keller, MSN, CNM
Kate has been helping women during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period for over 10 years as a doula, labor and delivery nurse, birth assistant, and now midwife.
She has provided care in hospitals, birth centers, and homes. She is grateful her experiences as a mother, doula, nurse, and a midwife have involved a variety of settings. The combined experience helps her provide individualized care to patients and their families. Kate has a BA and MA in Theater from Binghamton University and worked for several years as a film projectionist. After the birth of her first son at a freestanding birth center with a nurse-midwife she began her journey to become a midwife. She received her BSN in Nursing at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 and her MSN in Nursing and Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in 2016. While going back to school she had two wonderful home births. Kate is a tireless breastfeeding advocate and loves providing support postpartum to moms and families. She is a mother to three active boys, ages 4, 8, and 11.
Jessica Hayes, CNM
Jess is a Certified Nurse Midwife with professional training from Frontier Nursing University.
She is from the Philadelphia metropolitan area and went to LaSalle University for her undergraduate nursing degree. After 10 years of working with high risk Labor and Delivery Units as an RN, Jess decided to take a more natural approach to birth and set forth on her midwifery journey. Jess enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their two dogs in Bloomfield, NJ and the surrounding NYC and counties. In her free time she enjoys travel, gardening, cooking, aromatherapy, and integration of alternative medicine into contemporary health care. She has a passion for normal, physiologic birth and it’s place in the hospital setting.
to provide our patients with comprehensive healthcare not just deliver babies
We welcome couples to visit us and tour our practice to get to know us before making a commitment. Our office is conveniently located at Clifton, New Jersey.
Our team of Certified Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practioners work closely with you the patient and other specialist when needed to provide you with thorough, timely and trusted care.
Professional & Friendly Staff
Our team of professionals at our offices, the birth centers and hospital obstetric departments are committed to provide the s
On Call 24/7
Personalized Meet and Greets
When you and your partner feel you would like a little more information, we are more than happy to schedule a time to meet you and answer any questions you would have.