about us

The Birth Center of Boulder is staffed by a dedicated group of ten women – certified nurse midwives, registered nurses, IBCLCs, and office staff. Our team has created a tranquil space to support and nurture each client with education and evidence based care. We meet each client exactly where they are and support them on their journey towards health and parenthood.

We are a licensed health care facility through the Colorado Department of Health.
We are located 2.5 miles (less than 7 minutes) from Boulder Community Health Foothills Campus.

If you want to meet our staff, tour the facility, and learn more about the birth center, come to an orientation. Orientations are held the first Friday at noon and third Saturday at 9 am every month.

our mission

to TRUST, NURTURE, and HONOR the SPIRIT of BIRTH
one FAMILY, one MAMA, one BABY at a TIME.

our values

compassionate treatment of women and babies.
our families, and in that, we value the creation of families.
time, connection, authentic relationships.
collective design as our basis for collaborative practice.
the environment and a commitment to eco-birth practices.

our vision

we bravely and compassionately offer the community a unique place to birth.

we open this space for support, education, evidence based midwifery and a wellness collective.

we hold true the strength and wisdom of women to bring forth life.

we believe in health partnerships: where each woman agrees to take excellent care of herself and her baby and we pledge our committed care to you.

we dedicate to our families: Respect, Intelligence, and Honesty.

we hope for you to thrive, to shine, to feel powerful as you transform from Woman to Mama, enter reproductive age or transition beyond.

about us

The Birth Center of Boulder is staffed by a dedicated group of ten women – certified nurse midwives, registered nurses, IBCLCs, and office staff. Our team has created a tranquil space to support and nurture each client with education and evidence based care. We meet each client exactly where they are and support them on their journey towards health and parenthood.

We are a licensed health care facility through the Colorado Department of Health.
We are located 2.5 miles (less than 7 minutes) from Boulder Community Health Foothills Campus.

If you want to meet our staff, tour the facility, and learn more about the birth center, come to an orientation. Orientations are held the first Friday at noon and third Saturday at 9 am every month.

our mission

to TRUST, NURTURE, and HONOR the SPIRIT of BIRTH
one FAMILY, one MAMA, one BABY at a TIME.

our values

compassionate treatment of women and babies.
our families, and in that, we value the creation of families.
time, connection, authentic relationships.
collective design as our basis for collaborative practice.
the environment and a commitment to eco-birth practices.

our vision

we bravely and compassionately offer the community a unique place to birth.

we open this space for support, education, evidence based midwifery and a wellness collective.

we hold true the strength and wisdom of women to bring forth life.

we believe in health partnerships: where each woman agrees to take excellent care of herself and her baby and we pledge our committed care to you.

we dedicate to our families: Respect, Intelligence, and Honesty.

we hope for you to thrive, to shine, to feel powerful as you transform from Woman to Mama, enter reproductive age or transition beyond.

the midwives

angela stevens, msn, cnm

Angela is inspired by the art of midwifery, the pure power of women birthing, sharing the experience of birth with families, and the continual lessons she learns from each relationship. She graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2006. She has been practicing midwifery in Boulder since 2008 and has had the joy of caring for thousands of families in our community. She has also studied nutrition, herbal medicine, ayurveda, and essential oils to provide a holistic approach to women’s wellness and enjoys providing well woman care. Angela has spearheaded the birth center partnership with One Heart Worldwide and is passionate to help them with their belief that all mothers deserve to have access to quality, compassionate health care no matter where they live. Through this partnership, she has volunteered with One Heart in Nepal since 2016.

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 to catch babies. 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 and is honored to have been a part of the birth center team since 2015. 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 graduated from Frontier Nursing University in 2016 with a Masters in Nursing as a Certified Nurse Midwife. She has been a nurse for 8 years working in women’s health in various environments such as labor and delivery, freestanding birth centers, and organizations like Nurse-Family Partnership. Courtney’s practice is deeply rooted in the belief that all women should have equitable access to high quality healthcare, as well as exposure to an environment where women can feel empowered by the decisions they chooses for themselves, their baby, and their family. When not at work, Courtney enjoys being outside, spending time with her husband, two children, and her friends. she has a passion for traveling, learning about new cultures, and global health.

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.

the nurses

courtney hein, rn

Courtney has 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 time at the birth center. Courtney loves supporting women and children through the breastfeeding experience.

margie mcsweeney, rn, cpm, ccbe

Margie is a pillar of women’s health care and midwifery support in the Boulder community. Margie has been active as an RN for decades and has worked diligently to increase women’s access to midwifery care. Margie is passionate about the importance of nurturing mothers and their babies through their journey of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Margie brings her years of experience and calm expertise to the birth center team.

gena valdez, bsn, rn, clc

Gena worked in mental health for many years before obtaining her BSN in 2009 from the Denver School of Nursing. Gena worked as a community 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.

the office & business team

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, personal connection, and connected culture of the birth center.

karen garyet

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 stonacek

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.

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