Meet the Sage-Femme Affiliation

 

Sage-Femme Midwifery is an affiliation of independent 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 is a Masters prepared Certified Nurse Midwife. All six 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 is the owner of Safe Passage Midwifery and a Certified Nurse Midwife.  Her 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 the owner of Sage Femme Midwifery North. She 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. She has previously offered her services as a doula and birth assistant. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her potter husband and their three children.

Briana Ranes

Briana Ranes

Birth Assistant

Briana Ranes, owner of Greater Love Birth Services and 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, an independent administrative consultant, 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 consulting work here helps to foster other mothers’ trust in themselves and the natural birth process.