We are a collective made up of the founding members of the Birth Center,  
                            Angela Stevens, Jen James, Marian Stonacek, and Elizabeth Irvin.                        
We believe in the power of the group to make decisions and guide our business.  

Angela StevensMSNCNM
Angela is inspired by the art of midwifery
sharing the experience of birth with families and the continual lessons she learns from each relationshipShe has been practicing midwifery in Boulder for the last 6 years and is excited to provide women with a birth center optionAnother motivation of hers is to be involved with our global community, to share information, provide support, and hopefully to help decrease maternal and newborn mortalityShe has also studied nutritionherbal medicineAyurvedaand essential oils to provide a holistic approach to wellness

Abrie KoupalMSNCNM
Abrie witnessed her first birth in 2009: a transformative experience that left her with an undeniable calling to midwifery and caused her to walk away from a career in cross-cultural education.  Abrie completed her BSN at Regis University and her MSN at Frontier Nursing University.  She spent the majority of her student clinical hours learning at the Birth Center of Boulder.  She is beyond honored and thrilled to officially join the Birth Center’s team, and takes great joy in being able to continue to work with Birth Center families.  She also looks forward to doing her part to improve global maternal health  through international partnerships facilitated by the Birth Center in years to come.

Renee ClarkMSNCNM
Renee’s path to midwifery began years ago in rural Guatemala after volunteering with local Mayan midwives. Experiencing the bond between this close community of women as they provided care for one another inspired her to pursue women’s health. For the past 10 years she has worked alongside women and children both stateside and abroad, living in Costa Rica for several years. She believes that every woman deserves equitable access to high-quality, holistic care. She is passionate about serving the women of Colorado in out-of-hospital birth and joins The Birth Center of Boulder after providing midwifery and women’s health care in the Boston area. Her specific interests include water birth, teen health, family planning, and global health.

Tessa Kazcor, IBCLC
Tessa was brought to birth work through the birth of her oldest child ten years ago. That powerful positive experience motivated Tessa to support women and children in breastfeeding.  Tessa earned her IBCLC last year and is available for private consultations as well as leading the 'milk cafe', a free breastfeeding support group on Thursdays from ten am to noon at the birth center.  Tessa is also a valuable member of our office and business team.  

Jessica Mollison, BSN, RN
Jessica has always had a passion for birth, babies and mamas and is very excited to join the Birth Center of Boulder team.  Jessica's previous experience includes working in NICU and labor and delivery units in several states across the country.  She is excited to be in Boulder and eager to be a part of a team that empowers women's health and natural childbirth experiences.

Chandra Ruiz, BSN, RN, CLC
Chandra joins our nurse team with three years of labor and delivery experience and over two decades of work with natural birth and lactation advocacy.  Chandra’s passion for lactation, women’s health and birth was sparked by the birth of her daughters.  Chandra works part time at the Birth Center as well as Boulder Community Health.  

Gena Valdez, BSN, RN,
Gena worked in mental health for many years before obtaining her BSN in 2009 from the Denver School of Nursing. Gena worked as acommunity health RN for several years.  Gena was inspired by the birth of her two children to transition to women's healthcare and labor and delivery nursing.  Gena is inspired by the mission of The Birth Center of Boulder and believes every women deserves the access and support to the birth of her choice.

Karen Garyet
Karen has spent much of her career as a member of medical teams in women's health.  Karen has two grown daughters and has lived in Boulder for all of her adult life.

Elizabeth IrvinMS, CD
Elizabeth is a certified doula and is now folding that knowledge in with her business operations experience to help grow The Birth Center of BoulderThe birth of her three children, 2 with the guidance of midwifeAngela Stevensawakened her to the strength and wisdom of women as they transition into motherhoodPrior to motherhoodElizabeth was the Director of The Outdoor School in Santa BarbaraCA

Marian Stonacek
Marian envisions herself working in birth centers for as long as women keep having babies
She has worked in women's health care in Boulder for 24 years in all administrative capacitiesShe is a strong proponent of collaborative care models which emphasize the health of the mother throughout the entire birth experience



Deborahlise Mota, LAc, DOM, PhD(c) has been studying and practicing Oriental Medicine and Functional Medicine for over 15 years, and Phytotherapy (western herbal medicine) for over two decades. She is also a mother of two vibrant children, whom have become her greatest teachers. Deborahlise’s clinical practice is dedicated to individualized care, utilizing the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, while integrating the advanced diagnostic tools of functional medicine. Along with being a Licensed Acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Deborahlise is also a certified yoga instructor, massage therapist, Professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant. To learn more about Deborahlise and establishing care with her, visit: http://eastwestwhcenter.com. Online scheduling is available.

Kelly Roche Sproul is an established yoga instructor and psychotherapist specialized in working with women and couples from preconception thru postpartum and beyondShe brings a level of mastery through a compassionate approach to support the unique changes within the procreative process physicallymentallyemotionally and moreVisit mamaloveboulder.com for more information and to register for classes.

Karey Baker is an integrative massage practitioner specializing in prenatal and postpartum careShe finds a deep joy in nurturing and supporting women as they transition into motherhoodThrough intuitivecompassionate touchKarey hopes to help women feel empowered and embodied throughout their journey as womenmamasand mamas-to-bePlease visit www.newmoonbodywork.com to learn more about Karey's offerings.

Dr. Bieneman earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Indiana University with honors in Business. After graduating with his doctorate in Dental Surgery from Indiana University School of Dentistry, Dr. James Bieneman has continued to refine his skills and expertise through countless post-graduate courses to provide patients like you with the standard of care you deserve.  Dr. Bieneman practices in Boulder one Friday a month.  He offers consults and provides lip and tongue tie procedures along with follow up at The Birth Center of Boulder.  Contact his office at 303.797.0832 or www.yourcoloradodentist.com to schedule.  In 2016, Dr. Bieneman will be at The Birth Center of Boulder on 02.12, 03.11, 04.08, 05.06, 06.10, 07.15, 08.12, 09.16, 10.14, 11.11, and 12.09.

At the birth center, birth doulas earn privileges to attend births by applying to our program and attending a training. This ensures that all doulas working at the birth center are part of our team - and are familiar with the birth center's mission and vision. If you are interested in having the support of a birth doula, please contact an approved doula from the 'doula' binder in the waiting room or this list

One of the greatest gifts a new family can give itself, is a community of support.  To this end we encourage you to explore the possibility of hiring a postpartum doula.  Postpartum doulas can assist in the transition to newborn life through supporting the mom, making a meal, doing baby laundry, helping with baby wearing, lactation support, and so much more.  Click here to see a
 list of postpartum doulas affiliated with the birth center.  



We have taken the time to review the following websites as credible and excellent sources of information. Please note though that we do not endorse all information on these sites. Local referrals and resources will be provided individually.

National Birth Center Study II - http://www.birthcenters.org/?page=NBCSII
Outcome of Care in Birth Centers - http://nacpm.org/documents/Birth%20Center%20Study%202013.pdf
Waterbirth: An Integrative Analysis of Peer-Reviewed Literature - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jmwh.12194/abstract
UK Birthplace Cohort Study - https://www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/birthplace/results
British Regulator Urges Home Births Over Hospitals for Uncomplicated Pregnancies - http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/world/british-regulator-urges-home-births-over-hospitals-for-uncomplicated-pregnancies.html?_r=0

This report addresses the high price tag of maternity care costs. http://transform.childbirthconnection.org/reports/cost/

Family Garden (Longmont) - http://family-garden.org
Mama'hood (Boulder) -  http://www.themamahood.com
Mom's Space (Lafayette) - www.amomspace.com
Community New Baby Groups and Classes - hosted by jewishtogetherboulder.com - jewishtogetherboulder.org/new-baby-groups-and-classes-list/
Warm Welcome Visits - hosted by jewishtogetherboulder.com - fill out this form

American Association of Birth Centers www.birthcenters.org                                                   
Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers www.birthcenteraccreditation.org

American College of Nurse Midwives www.midwife.org                                                        
International Confederation of Midwives www.internationalmidwives.org                                             
Our Moment of Truth  www.ourmomentoftruth.midwife.org
BirthTOOLs for Change www.birthtools.org
The LANCET series on midwifery www.midwife.org/The-Lancet-Series-on-Midwifery
Healthy Birth Initiative www.midwife.org/ACNM-Healthy-Birth-Initiative

Water Birth International www.waterbirth.org                                                                                           
ACNM Position Statement 

Evidence Based Birth www.evidencebasedbirth.com
Improving Birth www.improvingbirth.org
Coalition for Improving Maternity Services www.motherfriendly.org
Childbirth Connection www
United Kingdom's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence http://bit.ly/1zoCsqJ 

Sacred Pregnancy www.sacredpregnancy.com
Birthing From Within www.birthingfromwithin.com
Visit BCoB Pinterest link for books, videos, art, and quotes

Birth Doulas - with privileges at the birth center                                                                                                                       
Postpartum Doulas - with privileges in our post partum tuck in program

La Leche League www.lalacheleague.org and www.llli.org
Kelly Mom www

East West Women's Health Center www.eastwestwhcenter.com                                           
Motherlove www.motherlove.com

DoTerra www.mydoterra.com/eastwestherbnerd/                                                                 

Floracopeia  www.floracopeia.com

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE FOR WOMEN & CHILDREN                                                                       
Aviva Romm M.Dwww.avivaromm.com                                                                                                         
East West Herb Nerd www.eastwest-herbnerd.com 

OPTIMAL BABY POSITIONING  & BREECH POSITION                                                                         
Spinning Babies www.spinningbabies.com

PERINATAL MOOD DISORDERS                                                                                                          
Postpartum Support International www.postpartum.net
Postpartum Progress www.postpartumprogress.org

Resources for Drugs and Medical Devices www.drugwatch.com                                                                                 
Medications & More During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding www.mothertobaby.org                         
Perinatology www.perinatology.com

Our Moment of Truth http://www.midwife.org/omot-vaccines-during-pregnancy     
CDC www
The Immunization Partnership www.immunizeusa.org

EDUCATIONAL HANDOUTS AND ARTICLES                                                                                                
Share With Women  www.midwife.org/Share-With-Women   
Consumer Safety   https://www.consumersafety.org   

Verify: Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing http://progenity.com/non-invasive-prenatal-testing                          
For information on Genetic testing look under the Prenatal tab and for Carrier Screening information look under the InheriGen tab on the following website  GenPath  www.genpathdiagnostics.com 



one FAMILYone MAMAone BABY at a TIME.


  • We bravely and compassionately offer the community a unique place to birth.                      
  • We open this space for supporteducationevidence based midwifery and a wellness collective
  • We hold true the strength and wisdom of women to bring forth life.                                        
  • We believe in health partnerships: where each woman agrees to take excellent care of herself and her baby and we pledge our committed care to you.
  • We dedicate to our families: RespectIntelligenceand Honesty.                                                
  • We hope for you to thriveto shineto feel powerful as you transform from Woman to Mamaenter reproductive age or transition beyond

Compassionate treatment of women and babies.

Our familiesand in thatwe value the creation of families.                                                
TimeConnectionAuthentic Relationships.
Collective design as our basis for collaborative practice.
The environment and a commitment to eco-birth practices. 

The Birth Center of Boulder is a collective initiative founded by 
dedicated women with an intention to create a sustainable birth and wellness center for our communityThe of us all connected through the world of birthThrough much time togetherconversationmelding of dreamspersistent workfocusflexibilitysimilar work ethics and life philosophy we realized that our ideas could become real

Recognizing that our people are the most important asset we have chosen to establish ourselves as a collective LLC

The Collective Model Guiding Principles: 

  • voluntary and open membership
  • democratic member control
  • member economic participation
  • autonomy and independence
  • education, training and information
  • cooperation among cooperatives
  • & concern for community

Inspiration: The raw realness of birth and transformation inspires usAs does natureartmusicconnectionand a willingness to collectively create something of sustainable value and beauty. 

Grateful: Each individual along our path has played a role in helping us get to where we are today and the creation of this possibility
Our familiesfriendsinvestorsmentorsheroesand community membersWe want to thank all of these important people with sincere gratitude and appreciation for believing in usinspiring usand helping us to make this dream a reality. Thank You. Thank You.