Founder, Licensed Midwife, Certified Nurse Midwife
Kelly, Founder and Director of Sage-femme Midwifery, was called to midwifery as a ministry and vocation by the birth of her first child at home in 1984. Like many midwives, her relationship with birth has been long and varied. She has been privileged to serve as a direct-entry midwife, a Certified Professional Midwife, a labor and delivery nurse, and as a Masters prepared Certified Nurse Midwife. All 6 of her children were born at home. Her return to homebirth is a celebration and a rekindling of her commitment to women and birth.
Licensed Midwife, Certified Nurse Midwife
Kathie Breault’s personal and professional experience is that women birth better in the comfort, peace, and safety of their own homes. Kathie has been working with pregnant and birthing women in the Capital Region since 1987; first, as an RN at Albany Medical Center Hospital’s Labor and Delivery Unit, and later as a midwife, her calling. Kathie had her third baby at home in 1983, and graduated from SUNY Downstate’s Midwifery program in 1993. She worked in several area hospitals before “coming home.” Kathie has been attending births at home with Safe Passage Midwifery since 2009, except for a year in which she helped to establish Birthvillage, the first Birthing Center in Kerala, India.
Registered Nurse, Birth Assistant, Certified Massage Therapist
Kristen Klein, a Licensed Registered Nurse (2012), is currently training to become a Certified Professional Midwife. She is also a Massage and Polarity Therapist (2000) and a DONA trained Doula (2005). Shortly after massage school she learned about doula care and was inspired to serve women in this way. She did not actively pursue certification until after the birth of her first son in 2002. That experience was so empowering and transformative that she felt supporting other women on this journey was truly her calling in life. With Sage-femme since 2012, she has served as a doula, massage therapist, and birth assistant. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her potter husband and their 3 children.
Certified Professional Midwife, Birth Assistant
Kristen Benoit, a Certified Professional Midwife and Vermont state Licensed Midwife, graduated from the Mercy In Action College of Midwifery and Primary Health Care in 2000, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery. Her international birth experience includes time spent in the Philippines, Ecuador, and Mexico. Kristen is also an herbalist, homeschools her four children (who were all born at home), and serves as the Director of Distance Midwifery Academics for Mercy In Action. One of her greatest passions is to see that all women across the globe have the ability to give birth safely, humanely, and with loving, compassionate care.
Birth Assistant, CLEC, Doula, Placenta Encapsulator
Amanda Mody believes that when women are supported, listened to, and provided unbiased information they will make decisions that are best for them and their family. She is carefully attuned to the pregnant individual she is working with and also coaches and guides the partner to be as involved and connected in the process as they desire to be. Amanda holds a Masters in counseling, is a Doula (since 2010), Certified Lactation Educator Counselor, and a Postpartum Placenta Specialist. Amanda also offers classes through Sage-Femme Midwifery and is co-leader for ICAN of the Capital District. Amanda loves spending time with her husband and three young boys (2 Sage-Femme babies), baking, and being in/near water!
Suzi Goldman feels privileged to work with the Sage-Femme team. She has 10 years of corporate experience at local and national levels, including Marketing, Business Development, Sales, Training and Operations. She is also a former La Leche League Leader and breastfeeding mom of two who brings supportive experience to this role. Suzi honors the Sage-Femme philosophy and hopes her work here helps to foster other mothers’ trust in themselves and the natural birth process.