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.
Courtney Hasson, CNM
Courtney comes to the birth center after extensive experience as a labor and delivery RN and a CNM at a busy hospital based practice. Courtney worked as a RN at The Birth Center of Boulder while she pursed her CNM degree. Courtney is excited to be back at the birth center practicing in out of hospital setting. Courtney is excited to meet each birth center family where they are and to provide education and support.
Julie Knutson, CNM, WHNP, IBCLC
Julie is overjoyed to be part of a team that honors the strength of women and the power of birth. She has worked in a variety of settings including in and out of hospital and with many cultures around the world. Through midwifery, Julie enjoys supporting women in wellness and developing lasting relationships with families. She is happy to serve her community in Boulder and as a member of the community, to continue to improve healthcare for women around the globe. In her free time, she is a yogi and trail runner and climbs mountains with her husband.
Courtney Hein, RN
Courtney has years and years of experience in labor and delivery and is currently pursuing her certified nurse midwifery licensure through Frontier Nursing School. Courtney is passionate about evidence based care and physiological birth and is enjoying all the knowledge that she is gaining from her current education at Frontier.
Margie McSweeney, RN
Margie is a pillar of women's health care and midwifery support in the Boulder community. Margie has been active as a RN for decades and has worked diligently to increase women's access to midwifery care. Margie brings her years of experience and calm expertise to the birth center team.
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
Amanda Boni, AA
Amanda joined the birth center administrative team as the receptionist in 2018. Amanda has spent the past 6 years of her career working in healthcare - first as an EMT and Medical Assistant then transitioning into administrative support. Amanda enjoys the slower pace, personnel connection, and connected culture of the birth center.
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.