Who are the BMC Certified Nurse-Midwives?
Kimberly Alovisetti, CNM
Kim is a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Specialist in Boston, Massachusetts
Somphit speaks Thai and provides midwifery as well as gynecology care and colposcopy at Whittier Street Health Center and Yawkey OB/GYN Associates. She has a special interest in vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) and global women’s health.
Thamy speaks Haitian Creole and French. She provides prenatal care at Codman Square Health Center and Mattapan Community Health Center. She has a special interest in global women’s health and is currently working on her doctorate in Public Health.
Karen Cullen, CNM
Karen is a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Specialist in Boston, Massachusetts
Sole speaks Spanish and conversational French. She provides prenatal and women’s health care at Yawkey OB/GYN Latina Clinic, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and South End Community Health Center. She enjoys working on labor and delivery and has a special interest in providing high quality family-centered care for women in the Latina community.
Anissa provides prenatal care at Boston Medical Center as well as the Dimock Center. She comes to us from the Baystate Midwifery and Women’s Health group at Baystate Medical Center, where she worked both as a clinician and educator in the Baystate Midwifery Education Program. She also dedicated to Global Women’s Health and has worked with Doctor Without Borders in South Sudan. She also speaks Spanish.
Rosha provides prenatal care at DotHouse Health and at the Women’s Center and speaks conversational Spanish. She has a special interest in breastfeeding support and supporting women in their choices for birth. She serves as the Director of Community Health Centers for the OBGYN department and is the Associate Director of the midwifery service.
Estefany is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks conversational Portuguese. She provides prenatal and women’s health care at Yawkey OB/GYN Associates and East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. She enjoys attending births and teaching midwifery skills to residents and medical students, and advocating for her patients. Estefany has a rooted interest in public health with a focus on maternal infant health, minority women’s health and chronic disease prevention and management.
Cecilia is a native Spanish speaker and provides prenatal care at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. She has a special interest in Latina women’s health and has been caring for women as a midwife for over 20 years. She is well known for facilitating beautiful hands off births at BMC.
Katie has been a nurse midwife for 15 years and also has a Doctorate in Public Health. She takes care of her patients on Labor & Delivery. er research focuses on respectful and dignified care during childbirth. Katie speaks French.
Monica provides prenatal group care at Yawkey OB/GYN Associates and Codman Square health center. She enjoys making midwifery care educational and fun for all of her patients.
Kristin Koo, CNM, WHNP-BC
Kristin is a midwife relocating from a clinic and community hospital practice in Trenton, New Jersey. A California native, she studied at UC Berkeley, and volunteered with Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. She then pivoted to clinical care and completed her nursing and midwifery education at University of Pennsylvania, and worked as a labor and delivery nurse in NYC. What Kristin is most excited about in moving to Boston, in addition to joining the BMC team, is living near her Salvadoran host sister, as well as volunteering and cheering at the Boston Marathon.
Marie was born and raised in Puerto Rico, she came to the US to study midwifery. She spends her time on the labor and postpartum maternity floors where she enjoys attending births and teaching midwifery skills to residents and medical students. She has a special interest in ensuring high quality and standardized post-partum care to all of our patients.
Annie provides group prenatal care at Yawkey OB/GYN Associates. She has a special interest in aromatherapy and has developed guidelines for using aromatherapy in the Birth Center at Boston Medical Center. She is also the director of Childbirth Education at BMC.
Cara has interest in Care Rooted in Evidence Based Practice and Patient Centered Care, Addressing Disparities in Healthcare, Values Informed Consent and Clear, Honest Communication
Melissa Nelson is a midwife at Boston Medical Center. She received her BA in Liberal Arts from Holy Cross where she majored in anthropology. Afterwards she received her BSN and MSN at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing where she specialized in nurse midwifery and women’s heath. She is passionate about women’s health and pregnancy care. Melissa has interests in clinical teaching, maternal child health disparities, and adolescent pregnancy. She previously was working at Lifespan Physician Group OB/GYN Inc as a midwife. She is fluent in Haitian Creole conversation. She likes kickboxing and cooking during her free time.
Julie speaks Spanish and French, providing prenatal care at the Yawkey OB/GYN Associates. She is also the Director of Midwifery Services and is working towards her doctorate in Public Health.
Kari speaks Spanish and provides prenatal care at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. She spent a year in Nicaragua creating a radio soap-opera to help women learn about how to have a healthy and safe pregnancy and is passionate about educating the residents and students at BMC about evidence based maternity care. She is also the Associate Director of the midwifery service.
Dona speaks Cape Verdean Criolo and has provided prenatal care at Upham’s Corner Health Center for 16 years. Dona is the Director of the Birth Sisters Program and she is passionate about ensuring that every patient has the prenatal, labor and birth, and post-partum support they need.
The core of my work began in early 1990’s when Massachusetts was faced with an infant mortality crisis, especially in the Boston neighborhoods of North Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury. An extensive needs assessment led to a city-wide maternal and child health (MCH) agenda. My fingerprints were all over that agenda; and the subsequent recommendations calling for community-based perinatal initiatives that would utilize nurse-midwifery services as a critical element of care for underserved communities. I was the featured midwife in a provocative and pivotal Boston Globe series that highlighted the “Death Zones of Boston” – bringing the devastating statistics about racial and ethnic disparities within Boston’s infant mortality crisis into the light of day.
Taken together, these events both inspired and motivated the development and implementation of the Boston University Nurse-Midwifery Education Program (NMEP) in 1993 where I served as Associate Director. During this time I deeply involved in the development of a culturally competent primary care curriculum for nurse-midwifery clinical practice, the first of its kind nationwide. In 2005 BUSPH received funding for the Partners in Public Health and Housing Prevention Research Center (PPH-PRC). I became the Director of the Training and Education Core for the project through 2013. I was given multiple opportunities to develop and implement several public health strategies across a broader vulnerable population in the city of Boston. Our goal was to improve the health and well-being of the residents of public housing by involving them in community center research programs and activities thereby improving their health status and reducing health disparities. My commitment to midwifery and public health is to continue to be a part of the next generation of solutions effecting maternal and public health challenges caused by inequity. I have an extensive background in nurse midwifery, public health, diversity workforce development and social justice advocacy. I have held many well-known leadership roles in midwifery at the local, regional and national levels. But, at the end of the day the three activities that I am most proud of is participation in the longitudinal Black Woman’s Health Study being the space of birthing people having their first child or expanding their family and serving as a Commissioner on the Racial Inequities in Maternal Health Commission co-chaired by Rep. Marjorie Decker, Joanne Cumerford and Liz Maranda.