Lonnie Morris, ND, CNM
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).
Elizabeth Jane Contarino, MSN, CNM
Midwife, Jane Contarino has been a prenatal, Labor and PP doula for nearly 20 years. Jane has trained with ALACE, providing 20 years of lactation support. She received her RN from County College of Morris in 2004. And her Masters in Nursing and Certificate in Nurse Midwifery-the first CNM program offered in the US, was from Frontier Nursing University in the spring of 2013. For nine years she was at the University Medical Center at Princeton as a Labor and Delivery nurse. Jane was born in Parsippany, N.J. and currently resides in Bridgewater, N.J, where she’s a wife and mother of six, aged 9-29 as well as a grandmother of two.
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.
Our Associate Midwives
Elizabeth Jane Contarino, MSN, CNM
She received her RN from County College of Morris in 2004. And her Masters in Nursing and Certificate in Nurse Midwifery-the first CNM program offered in the US, was from Frontier Nursing University in the spring of 2013. For nine years she was at the University Medical Center at Princeton as a Labor and Delivery nurse.
Jane was born in Parsippany, N.J. and currently resides in Bridgewater, N.J, where she’s a wife and mother of six, aged 9-29 as well as a grandmother of two.
Dedra D. Sally CNM, NP, MSN
Dedra Sally earned a Bachelors of Science in Public Health at Temple University in 2007. It was during this coursework when she realized that midwifery could influence the health and well being of women and families.
She began her professional career as a social worker for a non-profit, providing home visits to low-income, pregnant and newly parenting women. Dedra went on to earn a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University where she became a volunteer doula with the university’s Birth Companions program. She gained valuable experience as a labor and delivery, RN at a high-volume, tertiary care hospital in Philadelphia, PA. In 2013, Dedra completed a Masters of Science in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Pennsylvania.