Sage-Femme Midwifery is an affiliation of women’s health professionals who provide compassionate, holistic, women’s care throughout the lifecycle.
Kelly McDermott

Kelly McDermott

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.

Kathie Breault

Kathie Breault

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.

Kristen Klien

Kristen Klein

Licensed Midwife, Certified Nurse Midwife

Kristen Klein is a Certified Professional Midwife. She is also a DONA trained Doula (2005). Shortly after receiving a massage certificate at The Polarity Realization Institute, 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 previously served as a doula and birth assistant. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her potter husband and their 3 children.

Kristen Benoit

Kristen Benoit

Birth Assistant

Kristen Benoit, a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Midwife in Vermont, graduated from the Mercy In Action College of Midwifery and Primary Health Care in 2000, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery. She serves the Sage Femme community as a birth assistant.  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.

 

Briana Ranes

Birth Assistant

Briana Ranes, a Registered Nurse since 2004, has worked in a variety of clinical areas but spent most of her time working in the Emergency Dept. She has been in awe of birth since first witnessing it, as a child, on her family’s farm. Like many, her path to midwifery began through the births of her children. These experiences led her to know the true care and compassion of midwifery. Always feeling it was her calling to serve and care for others, Briana feels privileged and humbled to serve the families of Sage-Femme. Briana lives on a small farm near Cobleskill and loves spending time outdoors making memories with her husband and four children.

Suzi Goldman

Administrative Consultant

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.