The Birth Cottage Staff
Adrian is a Certified Professional Midwife and New Hampshire Certified Midwife who lives in Southern New Hampshire with her husband and 3 children. Adrian has been involved with birthing families since 1992 as a midwife, doula, childbirth educator, and breastfeeding counselor.
She is the founder and owner of The Birth Cottage of Milford. Adrian trained at The Birth Center in Dearborn, Michigan and also at Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, both of which served diverse cultural and ethnic populations of childbearing families.
During her studies for a BS in Community and Human Services with a Concentration in Maternal and Perinatal Health through the State University of New York, Adrian's work was featured in a variety of publications.
Adrian was appointed by the Governor to sit on the NH Midwifery Council, the state's and was licensing and regulatory board, and was the Chair of the Council for 10 years. She has been instrumental in lobbying for legislation regarding insurance reimbursement for midwives in the state.
Adrian also served on the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) as a board member for 6 years. Adrian is an adjunct faculty member of Birthwise Midwifery School, and continues to teach her art to others.
Bethany is a Certified Professional Midwife and New Hampshire Certified Midwife who was born and raised in southern Ontario, Canada and lives in a tiny house in Southern New Hampshire. Bethany began working towards life as a midwife in 2005. She first trained and volunteered as a doula and spent time as an intern at a busy birth center in El Paso TX before graduating from Birthwise Midwifery School. She completed her training as a student midwife here at the Birth Cottage in 2014 and stayed on as a staff member because she fell in love with the state, the women, and Eliot Witten, whom she married in June 2015.
She is proud of the friendly and accepting atmosphere at the Birth Cottage, and grateful for the team-oriented taff who share a commitment to providing client-centered care to a diversity of wonderful clients. Her primary goal, as a midwife, is to provide families with everything they need to feel respected, empowered and cared for in their experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting a newborn.
When not in the office or at a birth, Bethany can be found writing and editing for Midwifery Matters Journal, brewing herbal salves and remedies, growing organic vegetables, hiking mountains, dancing at your local contra dance and helping her husband lead groups of intrepid tweens on wilderness expeditions on the ocean and lakes of New England.
Many of you have already met Jess as she started to integrate into our group at the end of May 2015. In terms of her background, Jess has spent time as an acute care, pediatric, postpartum and nursery nurse prior to being called into midwifery. After spending time in the hospital setting, she became passionate about educating moms and empowering them to exercise more shared decision making while providing them with better continuity of care and options for out-of-hospital and home birth. She believes midwifery embodies the notion that childbirth is not just about the birth of a baby but also about the birth of a family.
Jess completed her Masters in Midwifery at Frontier Nursing University, the birthplace of nurse-midwifery education and currently ranked the #1 nurse-midwifery program in the United States by US World News and Reports. In addition to seeing our moms to be, Jess is also available for well woman, GYN care, contraception, and general womens health concerns for the women in our Birth Cottage community.
When not at the Birth Cottage, Jess can be found spending time with her husband and four children, three of whom were born right here at the Birth Cottage! She enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors with her family.
Megan is our office manager and also handles our office front end finances,, insurance contracting, bookkeeping, and management of human resources. She has been working alongside of her mother, Adrian, since she was a young girl to grow and support the practice.
Megan graduated Cum Laude from Keene State College in 2016, with a BS in Psychology and minor in Substance Abuse and Addiction.
She is an avid skier and enjoys riding her motorcycle.
As our receptionist and office assistant extraordinaire, Shelly has been helping the Birth Cottage provide the utmost customer service since May 2015. She is who often handles phones, filing, faxes, and other office operations.
Shelly had her son, Thomas, at the Birth Cottage and he is one of the "office mascots" who can often be seen greeting clients as they walk through the door. Shelly is an actress, singer, and dancer in her off time and she loves pinball and haunted houses. She write for a haunted house blog and is a yoga instructor.
Shelly has a BFA in Musical Theater from Hartt School of Music.
Now, in addition to working at the Birth Cottage, Shelly enjoys performing and musical theater.