Certified Nurse Midwives

Our team of certified nurse midwives provides independent care for low-risk women during pregnancy, birth, and post-partum, guided by a philosophy that for most women, pregnancy and birth are normal, healthy events. Our nurse midwives create a caring environment and establish a connection with a woman and her family to provide individualized care that minimizes unnecessary interventions while offering the same tests, medications and procedures as their physician counterparts. They also provide gynecologic care and family planning, and consult with our board-certified OB/GYN physicians and other specialists as needed.

Nurse midwifery care is covered by most private insurance carriers, Medicare, Medicaid and managed care programs.

Child kissing her future sibling Lisa Walsh,
CNM, MSN
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Rachel Ross,
CNM, MSN
Ross
Christa Ramsey,
CNM
Ramsey
Meredith Davis,
CNM
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Deanna Pilkenton,
CNM, MSN, APRN
Deanna
Erica Russell,
CNM, MSN, APRN
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Lisa Walsh, CNM, MSN

Lisa Walsh, CNM, MSN

Lisa began a career in nursing in 1977 after graduating from UNH. She went on to get her Masters in 1983 and her Nurse Practitioner certificate in the following year. Lisa Walsh received her Nurse Midwife certificate in 1999 and began her midwife career here at Women’s Health Care as our very first midwife. Lisa has helped grow the midwife practice over the years to where it is today with 5 midwives. In 2019 she delivered her 1,000th baby! “Being a midwife gives me the amazing opportunity to share in the miracle of pregnancy and birth with the women I care for.  I love getting to know the women and their families and continue to care for them in all stages of their lives”.

Credentials

Board Certification: American College of Nurse-Midwives

Post Graduate Education: CNM, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Hyden, KY

Graduate Education: Master of the Science of Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner Program University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Locations: Haverhill and Newburyport

Rachel Ross, CNM, MSN

Rachel Ross, CNM, MSN

Credentials

Undergraduate degree: University of Florida Gainesville BSN Nursing. Degree BSN

Graduate Degree: State University of New York at Stony Brook MSN Nursing. Degree; MSN

Board Certified: Certified Nurse-Midwife CNM

IBCLC: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Locations: Haverhill and Newburyport

Christa Ramsey, CNM

Christa Ramsey, CNM

Christa earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and has worked in women's healthcare for the last decade. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Frontier Nursing University; with certification as both a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner. Her APRN residency was completed at Indiana University Methodist Hospital and HealthNet Southwest Health and Dental Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Christa states “It is a great privilege to form a compassionate partnership with my patients and an honor to be a part of such intimate, life changing experiences.”

Credentials

Board Certified: American Midwifery Certification Board

Medical School: Frontier University

Internship: Indiana University Methodist Hospital

Locations: Haverhill

Meredith Davis, CNM

Meredith Davis, CNM

Meredith earned her first bachelor’s degree in International Health from Georgetown University. During her time studying in that field, she learned about the important work of nurse midwives and was inspired to pursue a career in midwifery. After college, she trained and worked as a doula while volunteering with the Community HealthCorps program. She then returned to school to earn a bachelor’s of science in nursing and a master’s of science in midwifery from the University of Pennsylvania. Meredith is committed to providing safe, evidence-based care in a manner that empowers patients to make informed decisions regarding health. Meredith now lives in southern Maine with her husband and her cat, and in her spare time she enjoys gardening, camping, and riding her motorcycle.  

Credentials

Board Certified: American College of Nurse-Midwives

Graduate Education: University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Undergraduate Study: Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies

Deanna Pilkenton, CNM, MSN, APRN

Deanna Pilkenton, CNM, MSN, APRN

Deanna earned her Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2002. She recently relocated to New England after gaining years of experience as a midwife in the faculty practice at Vanderbilt Medical Center. She was an instructor in the nurse midwifery program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing for over ten years. Deanna also has experience with out-of-hospital birth settings, international work, and she speaks Spanish proficiently. “While pregnancy and childbirth present an exceptional experience to share with women and their families, I very much enjoy working with women during all stages of life.” Deanna lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children, and loves exploring the beautiful seacoast area. 

Credentials

Board Certified: American College of Nurse-Midwives – 2003

Graduate Education: Master of Science in Nursing with Nurse-Midwifery Specialty, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN

Undergraduate Study: Bachelor of Arts, Centre College, Danville, KY

Locations: Haverhill and Newburyport

Teaching: University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Instructor in maternal-child nursing, and additional undergraduate nursing courses.

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN
Adjunct Faculty Member, 8/2016- 8/2017
Instructor, Nurse-Midwifery Program, 5/2006-8/2016

Fluent in Spanish

Erica Russell, CNM, MSN, APRN

Erica Russell, CNM, MSN, APRN

Erica earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing soon followed by her Master of Science in Nursing and certification in midwifery in 1994 from Columbia University in New York.  She has been practicing as a nurse midwife since then. In 2002 she returned to school and received her certificate in family practice (APRN) from Frontier University in Kentucky. Since 2004, in addition to midwifery, she has provided primary care services to men, women and children in a small community in rural NH. "Providing primary care has allowed me the privilege to not only assist in the care of women during pregnancy, birth and beyond but to be a part of their families' lives, watching their children grow from infancy through adolescence."   Most recently, she has been part of a multidisciplinary team working with women and adolescents in various stages of drug addiction and rehabilitation.

Credentials

Board Certified: American College of Nurse-Midwives – 1994

Post Graduate Education: Master of Science in Nursing, FNP Certificate, Frontier Nursing University, Hyden, KY

Graduate Education: Master of Science in Nursing, CNM Certificate, Columbia University, NY, NY

Undergraduate Study: Bachelor of Arts, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Columbia University, NY, NY

Locations: Haverhill and Newburyport

Plan your visit today to meet with one of our dedicated midwives and learn more about our services.