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 Stevens, MSN, CNM
Angela is inspired by the art of midwifery, sharing the experience of birth with families and the continual lessons she learns from each relationship. She has been practicing midwifery in Boulder for the last 6 years and is excited to provide women with a birth center option. Another motivation of hers is to be involved with our global community, to share information, provide support, and hopefully to help decrease maternal and newborn mortality. She has also studied nutrition, herbal medicine, Ayurveda, and essential oils to provide a holistic approach to wellness.
Abrie Koupal, MSN, CNM
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 Clark, MSN, CNM
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.
NURSES & LACTATION CONSULTANTS
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.
OFFICE & BUSINESS
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 Irvin, MS, 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 Boulder. The birth of her three children, 2 with the guidance of midwife, Angela Stevens, awakened her to the strength and wisdom of women as they transition into motherhood. Prior to motherhood, Elizabeth was the Director of The Outdoor School in Santa Barbara, CA.
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 capacities. She is a strong proponent of collaborative care models which emphasize the health of the mother throughout the entire birth experience.