Midwifery Birth Center and Women’s Health Care
Birth Care & Family Health Services • 1138 Georgetown Road • P.O. Box 152 Bart, Pa. 17503 • Phone: 717.786.4010 • Fax: 717.786.5507 • E-mail: info@birthcaremidwives.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Website Design © Bonnie U. Gruenberg   •   www.BonnieGruenberg.com
Birth Care   & Family Health Services

Meet Our Certified

Nurse-Midwives

  Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are specialists in normal birth. They are advanced practice nurses educated to the Masters degree level, and some are nurse practitioners as well. CNMs deliver babies and provide prenatal and gynecological care with an emphasis on maintaining wellness.  CNMs can prescribe medication and attend clients in the hospital. If a client develops complications that increase her risk, the certified nurse- midwife may co-manage her care with an obstetrician, or refer her to a physician who supervises high-risk pregnancies.

Carolyn Clemans

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Clinical Director

Carolyn has been a midwife since 1997 and spent many years working in urban settings providing midwifery care to women in need.  When the position at Birth Care was advertised, it was the perfect job in the perfect place at the right time for her.  She and her husband moved from upstate NY and are enjoying settling into Lancaster County and getting established as part of their new community.  She loves having the opportunity to share in natural, normal birth at the birth center and clients' homes as well as supporting women who have complications of pregnancy and labor. Carolyn loves to travel, bake and cook, and is an avid quilter.  She enjoys growing things in her garden and taking care of chickens, dogs, Chris and her grown children. 

Bonnie U. Gruenberg

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Bonnie U. Gruenberg , is a certified nurse midwife and a women’s health nurse practitioner. She obtained her MSN in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002, after completing training in hospitals and with a home birth practice in Lancaster County. After a decade working in tertiary care hospitals and attending 1500 births, she returned to attending births out-of-hospital at Birth Care. Prior to pursuing midwifery, she was an urban paramedic in Connecticut. She has also worked as a wrangler guiding horseback rides into the mountains of Vermont, a riding instructor, a horse trainer, a coloring book illustrator, a model, a photographer, and a portrait artist. Bonnie authors and illustrates books about obstetrical topics, and also writes prolifically about her other passion, wild horses.   She is author of the book Birth Emergency Skills Training: Manual for Out-of-hospital Providers, which has evolved into a hands-on workshop for midwives. She has two grown sons, two horses, and one husband. Visit her website at www.BonnieGruenberg.com 
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Molly Means

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Molly Means joyfully joined the Birth Care team of midwives in February 2016. She has been a midwife since 2010, and has caught most of her more than 1000 babies in a more urban hospital setting.  Her interest in working out of hospital finally got the best of her, and she couldn’t resist coming to Birth Care when Bonnie insisted! Before going back to graduate school to become a midwife, Molly worked in the field of genetics, running a research lab at Pennsylvania State University.  She then became a fresh water kayaking guide on the shores of Lake Superior in Minnesota, a shepherdess amongst the rolling hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, and finally she worked with breast cancer survivors to improve their quality of life through wellness research at The Ohio State University.  Molly loves to bike, travel, read, balance her checkbook, hike, knit, bake bread, and sit on her back porch watching the garden grow with a cat and a chicken in her lap.

Kristen Harker

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Kristen Harker moved from New York City to Lancaster County in August 2016 to join the team at Birth Care. She was inspired to return to school to become a certified nurse-midwife after multiple years working with a humanitarian aid organization to help coordinate relief operations in international emergencies.  Kristen subsequently worked in urban hospitals with women in need as a registered nurse and midwife.  She has also worked with hospitals nationally to assist with implementing breastfeeding-friendly maternity practices. Kristen is passionate about providing compassionate, respectful maternity care and supporting breastfeeding. As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), she is also able to help with common lactation challenges. Kristen is enjoying the transition to life in PA and becoming involved in the local community. She is an avid runner, hiker and dancer, loves to cook and garden, and spends precious time with family and friends.

Valerie Peery

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Valerie has been a midwife for over 20 years, and delivered well over 2,500 babies.  She became interested in birth after she had her six babies at home with a midwife, and accidently caught her sister’s baby before the midwife arrived.  She was a doula for about 60 babies, and she loved helping mothers cope with labor.  When Valerie’s children were in school full time, her neighbor Sue Yates (who was a past president of the American College of Nurse Midwives) convinced her to get her CNM degree, and she graduated valedictorian in nursing school.   Valerie’s five sons and daughter are grown and her 6 grandchildren (five boys and a girl) range in age from two to twenty-two.  Valerie is a recent widow and is sad that her husband of 47 years will not get to meet the two grandchildren that are on the way.  She recently moved to West Chester and lives with her active 95 year old mother, a grown son, and her Border Collie Rob Roy, who earns his keep chasing away the deer and groundhogs. Valerie enjoys teaching childbirth classes for Birth Care. She loves working with our talented group of midwives and with our truly wonderful clients.

Merrylee Morschhauser

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Quality Assurance

Merrylee grew up in a large family, and remembers being present at the home births of her younger siblings, which fueled her passion for midwifery and out-of- hospital birth. She graduated with a BSN from Messiah College, and took a job in high- risk labor and delivery in Philadelphia while studying for her MSN in midwifery and women's health at the University of Pennsylvania. While she has much experience in high-risk OB, her passion has always been for normal, out-of-hospital birth, and she has worked at Birth Care since receiving her midwifery degree in 2010. She is our quality assurance coordinator, and does occasional clinical shifts as well. She lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband and her three children, all of whom were birthed out- of-hospital with Birth Care midwives.

Sarah  Laccabue

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Sarah Laccabue is originally from San Francisco, California. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a dual degree as a Nurse Midwife and a Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She has an extensive labor and delivery background, having worked as a Registered Nurse for 8 years at the University of California at San Francisco, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago. During her midwifery training, she worked at an in-hospital birth center focusing on natural labor and birth, including water birth. As a midwife, she worked at Valley Birth Place, a free-standing birth center. Her family and friends describe her as fun-loving, energetic, and adventurous. She loves sports of almost every variety. She is a lifelong fan of the 2010 & 2012 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. She loves Sundays and NFL football, and actually has her own fantasy football team. She enjoys board games, hiking, camping, traveling, going to the movies, and face- timing with her nieces and nephew.

Suzanne Adkins

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Suzanne is a Certified Nurse-Midwife who graduated with her Master's of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She has been a registered nurse since 2011 and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Cincinnati. She also has B.S. in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University. Previously, she volunteered with Shoulder to Shoulder, providing well-woman and prenatal care to the women of rural Honduras. Prior to nursing, her experience included six years as an Emergency Medical Technician and extensive volunteering with the U.S. Army and the Civil Air Patrol. Her professional interests include water birth, breastfeeding education, sex education, and working with underserved populations. She also has an interest in international midwifery. She is passionate about midwifery and is excited to be a part of Birth Care! She is a trained doula as well, and enjoys utilizing those skills to support laboring women. Suzanne and her husband just celebrated their 10 year anniversary. They have a daughter; Caroline who was born at home in the water and who just turned three years old. In her spare time, Suzanne can be found running triathlons, knitting, reading, gardening, or cycling with her family. http://www.linkedin.com/in/suzanneadkins/

Jaime Lynn Lewis

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Jaime Lynn was a Birth Care nurse for many years before she became a midwife. Her soft voice and gentle ways calm the storms of labor. Her children were Birth Care babies as well!
Midwifery Birth Center and Women’s Health Care
Birth Care and Family Health Services 1138 Georgetown Road P.O. Box 152 Bart, Pa. 17503  Phone: 717.786.4010 • Fax: 717.786.5507  E-mail: info@birthcaremidwives.com Website Design © Bonnie U. Gruenberg      www.BonnieGruenberg.com

Bonnie U. Gruenberg

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Bonnie U. Gruenberg , is a certified nurse midwife and a women’s health nurse practitioner. She obtained her MSN in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002, after completing training in hospitals and with a home birth practice in Lancaster County. After a decade working in tertiary care hospitals and attending 1500 births, she returned to attending births out-of-hospital at Birth Care. Prior to pursuing midwifery, she was an urban paramedic in Connecticut. She has also worked as a wrangler guiding horseback rides into the mountains of Vermont, a riding instructor, a horse trainer, a coloring book illustrator, a model, a photographer, and a portrait artist. Bonnie authors and illustrates books about obstetrical topics, and also writes prolifically about her other passion, wild horses.   She is author of the book Birth Emergency Skills Training: Manual for Out-of-hospital Providers, which has evolved into a hands-on workshop for midwives. She has two grown sons, two horses, and one husband. Visit her website at www.BonnieGruenberg.com 
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Molly Means

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Molly Means joyfully joined the Birth Care team of midwives in February 2016. She has been a midwife since 2010, and has caught most of her more than 1000 babies in a more urban hospital setting.  Her interest in working out of hospital finally got the best of her, and she couldn’t resist coming to Birth Care when Bonnie insisted! Before going back to graduate school to become a midwife, Molly worked in the field of genetics, running a research lab at Pennsylvania State University.  She then became a fresh water kayaking guide on the shores of Lake Superior in Minnesota, a shepherdess amongst the rolling hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, and finally she worked with breast cancer survivors to improve their quality of life through wellness research at The Ohio State University.  Molly loves to bike, travel, read, balance her checkbook, hike, knit, bake bread, and sit on her back porch watching the garden grow with a cat and a chicken in her lap.

Carolyn Clemans

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Clinical Director

Carolyn has been a midwife since 1997 and spent many years working in urban settings providing midwifery care to women in need.  When the position at Birth Care was advertised, it was the perfect job in the perfect place at the right time for her.  She and her husband moved from upstate NY and are enjoying settling into Lancaster County and getting established as part of their new community.  She loves having the opportunity to share in natural, normal birth at the birth center and clients' homes as well as supporting women who have complications of pregnancy and labor. Carolyn loves to travel, bake and cook, and is an avid quilter.  She enjoys growing things in her garden and taking care of chickens, dogs, Chris and her grown children. 

Valerie Peery

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Valerie Peery is a certified nurse midwife who had all of her six children at home.   After graduating valedictorian, Val was a labor and delivery nurse and a newborn nursery nurse in and around Philadelphia for ten years . After becoming a midwife, she worked for Birth Care from 1994 to 2001, then managed a solo midwifery practice attending births at home and at  Wellspan Ephrata Hospital.  In 2006, she merged her practice with Birth Care.   She enjoys playing with her many grand children and her beautiful Border Collie.

Merrylee Morschhauser

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Quality Assurance

Merrylee grew up in a large family, and remembers being present at the home births of her younger siblings, which fueled her passion for midwifery and out-of-hospital birth. She graduated with a BSN from Messiah College, and took a job in high-risk labor and delivery in Philadelphia while studying for her MSN in midwifery and women's health at the University of Pennsylvania. While she has much experience in high-risk OB, her passion has always been for normal, out-of-hospital birth, and she has worked at Birth Care since receiving her midwifery degree in 2010. She is our quality assurance coordinator, and does occasional clinical shifts as well. She lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband and her three children, all of whom were birthed out-of-hospital with Birth Care midwives.

Jaime Lynn Lewis

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Jaime Lynn was a Birth Care nurse for many years before she became a midwife. Her soft voice and gentle ways calm the storms of labor. Her children were Birth Care babies as well!

Suzanne Adkins

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Suzanne is a Certified Nurse-Midwife who graduated with her Master's of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She has been a registered nurse since 2011 and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Cincinnati. She also has B.S. in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University. Previously, she volunteered with Shoulder to Shoulder, providing well-woman and prenatal care to the women of rural Honduras. Prior to nursing, her experience included six years as an Emergency Medical Technician and extensive volunteering with the U.S. Army and the Civil Air Patrol. Her professional interests include water birth, breastfeeding education, sex education, and working with underserved populations. She also has an interest in international midwifery. She is passionate about midwifery and is excited to be a part of Birth Care! She is a trained doula as well, and enjoys utilizing those skills to support laboring women. Suzanne and her husband just celebrated their 10 year anniversary. They have a daughter; Caroline who was born at home in the water. In her spare time, Suzanne can be found running triathlons, knitting, reading, gardening, or cycling with her family. http://www.linkedin.com/in/suzanneadkins/

Sarah  Laccabue

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Sarah Laccabue is originally from San Francisco, California. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a dual degree as a Nurse Midwife and a Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She has an extensive labor and delivery background, having worked as a Registered Nurse for 8 years at the University of California at San Francisco, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago. During her midwifery training, she worked at an in- hospital birth center focusing on natural labor and birth, including water birth. As a midwife, she worked at Valley Birth Place, a free-standing birth center. Her family and friends describe her as fun-loving, energetic, and adventurous. She loves sports of almost every variety. She is a lifelong fan of the 2010 & 2012 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. She loves Sundays and NFL football, and actually has her own fantasy football team. She enjoys board games, hiking, camping, traveling, going to the movies, and face-timing with her nieces and nephew.

Kristen Harker

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Kristen Harker moved from New York City to Lancaster County in August 2016 to join the team at Birth Care. She was inspired to return to school to become a certified nurse-midwife after multiple years working with a humanitarian aid organization to help coordinate relief operations in international emergencies.  Kristen subsequently worked in urban hospitals with women in need as a registered nurse and midwife.  She has also worked with hospitals nationally to assist with implementing breastfeeding-friendly maternity practices. Kristen is passionate about providing compassionate, respectful maternity care and supporting breastfeeding. As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), she is also able to help with common lactation challenges. Kristen is enjoying the transition to life in PA and becoming involved in the local community. She is an avid runner, hiker and dancer, loves to cook and garden, and spends precious time with family and friends.
Birth Care   & Family Health Services

Meet Our Certified

Nurse-Midwives

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are specialists in normal birth. They are advanced practice nurses educated to the Masters degree level, and some are nurse practitioners as well. CNMs deliver babies and provide prenatal and gynecological care with an emphasis on maintaining wellness.  CNMs can prescribe medication and attend clients in the hospital.