Meet the Sage-Femme Team

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.

Briana Ranes

Briana Ranes

RN, Birth Assistant & Infant Feeding Specialist

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.

Sarah Read

Sarah Read

ICEA Certified Childbirth Educator

Sarah Read has been interested in educating and empowering families in preparation for childbirth since her first pregnancy, during which she became fascinated by the strength and knowledge of the birthing body. With a background in special education, she decided to pursue certification as a Childbirth Educator and has enjoyed combining her love for teaching with her belief that every mama has the right to information and support as tools towards a safe, empowering, and satisfying birth experience. Having had an incredible homebirth with Sage-Femme, she is excited to add There’s No Place Like Home childbirth preparation classes to her teaching schedule.