Julie Carlson, CNM, LM, MSW
I became a midwife because I want health care to be a positive, empowering, and transformative experience. Whether it be a check-up or home birth, we all have the right to be treated with compassion, respect and as the leader of our care.
I am a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and am a Licensed Midwife (LM) in NYS. I graduated from nurse midwifery school at the University of California, San Francisco Nurse Midwifery program in 2007.
After I graduated, I worked in a hospital based practice in the Navajo Nation, then a private practice in Albuquerque, NM then another practice in CNY. I opened my home birth practice in June, 2015. I chose to work in the hospital at the beginning of my career so that I could bring the midwifery model of care to as many clients as possible. I am very appreciative of the diverse experiences I have had in the hospital setting which have ranged from "home-like" natural birth experiences to caring for clients with high-risk pregnancies. I moved to home birth to support a wider variety of birthing options for families. I also wanted to have more quality time with clients and also be with a client from the beginning of the pregnancy through birth and into the postpartum period.
In my years of practice I have had the honor of attending over 600 births and over 1,000 labors. I have performed 200+ newborn exams and can't even begin to count how many women I have counseled about breastfeeding and postpartum wellness.
Along with Midwifery, I have a passion for martial arts, yoga, the outdoors,
gardening and the healing power of plants. I began learning about herbalism in midwifery school and have continued to explore plant medicine ever since. I am grateful to my ancestors, community, midwife elders, family, and friends who have supported me along my path.
My credenitals include:
Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Midwifery and Women's Health
Registered Nurse licensing
DONA International doula training
American Midwifery Certification Board certification
Neonatal Resuscitation Program certification
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification
NYS prescriptive priviledges
Bachelor of Arts degree in Women's Studies
Master of Social Work with a focus on community organization and planning
Heartstone Herbal School apprentice graduate
Debra Alt, Midwife Assistant
Being an assistant to a NYS Licensed Midwife requires a commitment to a flexible
and often unpredictable lifestyle. With a busy family of four beautiful children, this could not be accomplished without the support and understanding of my husband and extended family. I have no doubt of my calling to do this work and that my faith in God keeps me going strong.
As a lifelong resident of Madison County, NY, I am a Childbirth Educator through Avivia Institute of Midwifery, and welcome opportunities to educate, support and encourage women in their birth choices . As a Childbirth Doula, I offer support during pregnancy and in hospital settings. As an assistant (since 2010) to Meredith Geers, CNM and other Midwives, I bring an additional 18+yrs of nursing experience as well as my doula skills.
I am certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and Adult CPR and have completed course work in Birth Emergency Skills Training as well as the Midwife Assistant course through Birthjoy. In 2016 I completed a program of Certification In Midwifery as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through Womancraft Midwifery Education Program of Amherst, MA.
Kristen Orts, CNM, LM, IBCLC
I was very young when I stumbled across the midwifery profession and quickly realized there was no other career for me. I went to nursing school with the goal to one day become a certified nurse-midwife and in 2008 I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Utica College. I have been an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2013. I began my midwifery education in November 2014 and did my clinical rotations in both hospital and out-of-hospital settings, and to date have caught over 50 babies. I graduated from Frontier Nursing University with a Master of Science in Nursing in June 2017. As a midwife I am most passionate about empowering families through the exchange of information. For me midwifery is all about informed choice and helping clients make the best decisions for their family. I view birth as a rite of passage and hope to always pay homage to this miraculous event. As a home birth midwife I am thrilled to expand birth options and to partner with families to create safe and satisfying birth experiences.
In addition to my passion for midwifery and healthcare, I love all things outdoors and some of my favorite activities include gardening, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, cross-country skiing, and camping. I have two cats who love the outdoors as much as I do: Celia (age 7) and Isis (age 5). I love to cook and knit and believe there is nothing quite like a great book and a cup of tea. I have a passion for learning and even though I recently completed my master’s degree, I’m already planning my next educational endeavors, which will be Reiki and herbal medicine.