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Maureen Darcey, CNM

Maureen Darcey, CNM

Director of Midwifery Services

Born in Buffalo, New York Maureen received a diploma in Nursing from Buffalo General Hospital affiliated with SUNY Buffalo in 1973. For seven years she practiced in rural community hospitals which included West Virginia, Kentucky and Maine in adult medicine, general surgery, orthopedics, labor and delivery and pediatrics. Then, in 1979 she completed her graduate training as a Certified Nurse Midwife at the State University of New York Downstate. After moving to North Carolina, she worked at Chatham Family Birth Center (doing hospital and home births), the Chatham County Health Department OB/GYN clinic, and in a private physician's practice in Sanford. Before founding WBWC in 2003, her job was directing the midwifery program for Piedmont Health Services.

Maureen has served not only as the Chair of NC American College of Nurse Midwives but also for the NC Midwifery Joint Committee. Passionate about being a mentor to CNM students from around the US, she's one of the national coordinators for American Association of Birth Centers “How to Start a Birth Center” workshop. She's the mother of three children born at home and at birth centers and a grandmother to five; four of whom were born here at WBWC.

Brianna Honea, MBA - Women's Birth & Wellmess Center. Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Brianna Honea, MBA

Business Director

Brianna relocated to the area to join our center as the Business Director in 2005.  She attended East Carolina University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Master’s Degree of Business Administration.   Brianna has over 10 years experience in non-profit medical management; most recently working as the Director of Development at the Clinic for Special Children in New Bern.  There she assisted families and children affected by developmental disabilities. 

Brianna continues to pursue her interest in therapeutic arts and healing.   She teaches yoga and has volunteered with an art therapy program for youth.   She is an active board member for a non-profit clinic in New Bern, Focus Therapy Services and services on the American Association of Birth Centers Foundation Board.  In her spare time she enjoys running, yoga, reading and spending time with her family and friends.  One of her favorite past times is traveling. She is eagerly awaiting her next adventure.

Sarah Akers, CNM

Sarah Akers, CNM

After being invited, at age 10, to attend her aunt’s birth in a birth center in Oklahoma, she was amazed watching her aunt and uncle deliver their beautiful son. Sarah is a second-generation midwife who grew up in an Army family living in Germany, Washington, D.C. and Kentucky. She attended undergraduate school at the University of Cincinnati graduating with a BSN and becoming an RN in 2002. Eventhough, she knew she would be a midwife, her nursing career began as a Surgical Intensive Care Unit nurse. There she worked on providing life support to the critically ill. Next, as a Labor and Delivery nurse at a large medical center in Cincinnati she became familiar with all sorts of complications of pregnancy, labor and delivery.

While spending two summers as the camp nurse at an Easter Seals camp which provided camping experiences to physically and mentally challenged people and respite care to their families, she learned about the beautiful spirit living in physically challenged minds and bodies. Going on to complete her Master’s at the University of New Mexico’s Nurse Midwifery Program in May 2007, she joined the WBWC team in July of the same year. Sarah has traveled widely through the US and Europe too.

Allison Koch, CNM

Allison Koch, CNM

Allison Koch received her Master's in midwifery in 2000. In 2001 she started her own practice in rural Canton, NY called Tree of Life Midwifery. Allison received the 2007 Agent of Change award by the St. Lawrence Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). This award is given to a woman whose work has brought about significant change in the community. She has been politically active for midwifery and strives to preserve the midwifery model of care. After practicing at Tree of Life Midwifery for 6 ½ years and delivering 300+ babies, the cost of solo practice led to her decision to make a change. Allison joined Women's Birth & Wellness Center in January of 2008.

She believes it matters how we are born into this world - how we are greeted and cared for as we take those first breaths. She believes it is a privilege to be "with woman"- to protect the space so that a woman can birth, in her own powerful way, whatever that means to her. Allison is married and has two grown children, Chris & Kate, a shepherd-collie mix named KC, and a 17 year old cat named Fudge. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music and singing.

Emily Joubert

Emily Joubert, CNM

Emily comes to WBWC with a solid background in women’s health. After earning a BS in Biology from Ohio University, she studied nursing at UNC Chapel Hill. Graduating first in her class at UNC and having received the George Livas Award for the outstanding undergraduate nursing student, she still had entered nursing school with the goal of becoming a midwife. Knowing immediately after seeing a midwife care for a laboring woman at a hospital, she wanted to be a midwife!

Working as a labor and delivery nurse at UNC’s Women’s Hospital, she first had the opportunity to work with WBWC midwives and patients and was attracted to the unique care WBWC provides. She then took time off to have her own babies; two active boys who are now 6 and 8. Ultimately, she spent 10 years at UNC, continuing to work as a nurse until she graduated from midwifery school in May of 2011. Earning a Master’s of Science with a concentration in midwifery from East Carolina University, she also received the Outstanding Midwifery Student award. Her education included a wide spectrum of clinical experiences including: two rotations at WBWC, providing prenatal care for substance-abusing women at a university clinic; working in a community hospital serving a high percentage of adolescent patients; and time spent caring for patients at a private doctor’s office.

Throughout these experiences she loved getting to know the women and their families during their pregnancies. Emily feels very strongly that out-of-hospital birth is a right healthy women should have access to. She's passionate about the need for high-quality, affordable health care for women, access to midwifery, and more options for out-of-hospital births. When she’s not busy catching babies, Emily enjoys spending time with her family, having outdoor adventures, and watching the boys’ sporting events. She also loves cooking and sharing meals with friends.

Carey Jefferson, RN

Carey Jefferson, CNM

Carey is a native of Richmond, Virginia. After earning her BS at UNC-Chapel Hill she pursued a nursing degree with the goal of becoming a Certified Nurse-Midwife and graduated from nursing school in 2000 from Western Carolina. In the Midwifery program at Eastern Carolina University for three years she, very excitedly, became a CNM in the spring of 2013.   

Having worked as a labor and delivery nurse in a small community hospital and in a large urban hospital, Carey came to us in 2010 joining as one of our labor & delivery nurses.

Currently, she lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, ten year old daughter, and crazy dog, Jix. While most of my time for the past several years has been spent with my nose in a school book (or a laptop), when I find spare time I enjoy playing board games with my family, birding, and cooking. 

Patty Brown, CNM

Patty Brown, CNM

Patty joined WBWC as a clinic CNM and labor & delivery nurse.  She also be helps out with home visits.  

Patty brings with her 32 years of midwifery experience.  After five years as a labor & delivery nurse, she began her midwifery career in Saranac Lake, New York.  She remained in Saranac Lake for seven years before moving with her family to Cooperstown, NY.  There, she started a new midwifery service that included an in-hospital birth center.  She continued to practice midwifery with that service for twenty-five years.
Working in an out-of-hospital setting has long been a goal for Patty. Since her three children and her grandchild have been living in North Carolina for the past several years, Patty decided that working at WBWC would be the natural choice.  She followed her passion for providing women with more birth options, and at the same time is near her family.  At WBWC she now feels she can really participate in matching the fullest range of birth choices with a woman's needs.

As an avid runner, biker, and gardener, Patty has been relishing the comfortable NC climate.  She’s also enjoys spending time with her family, especillay, her 3 year old grandchild, Gradyn. “I feel a strong sense of family among the staff and the powerful work to support families that you all do every day. I am so pleased to have joined the group!”   


Mariah Velazquez, CNM

Mariah, a Chapel Hill, NC native, attended UNC Charlotte for her Bachelors in Nursing and began working labor and delivery at the Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Mariah loved supporting mothers and babies so one year later she went back to school and completed her Master’s of Nurse Midwifery at Frontier Nursing University. During the program she moved back to Chapel Hill and completed her clinicals at the Women's Birth and Wellness Center. She has continued her work at the birth center as a nurse and CNM (you may see her in either of her dual roles).

Mariah is fully committed to assisting women and families in one of the most important times of their lives and is truly passionate about out-of-hospital birth. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and three children, Kaiden, Lilia, and Raina. In her free time she can be found spending time outdoors with her growing family.


Elke Bachmann, CNM

Elke Bachmann, CNM

Elke has more than a dozen years of midwifery experience, and most recently she was on the Clinical Faculty of the Yale University School of Nursing.

Elke says her objective as a midwife "is to provide safe, respectful, evidence-based health care for women and to model these values for beginning clinicians." The life changing decision to become a midwife happened in 1990 when Elke gave birth to her daughter into the hands of a midwife at the Carolina Birth Center in High Point, NC (closed in 2007).  She had two more birth center babies and wanted to be able to provide women the same supportive empowering care she received. 

Elke is qualified to perform the full scope of midwifery practice including primary care, women’s health, prenatal, intra-partum and postpartum management.

Elke earned a BSN with Honors from Winston-Salem State University, and an MSN from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, KY. She also earned her Certified Nurse-Midwife Certification from Frontier Nursing University. Elke is fluent in English, German and is beginning Spanish. She is also a serious student of West African music. You may see her playing her dunun (an African drum)  or teaching others how to play.

Elke is also the Director of Global Health, The Cradle of Jazz Project, a non-profit organization that creates access to education and health care in West Africa. Women’s Birth & Wellness Center is glad to welcome Elke back to NC.


Rachel VanBree, FNP/WHCP

Rachel VanBree, FNP/WHCNP

Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner

Rachel enrolled into nursing school two months after meeting her first midwife in 1998. After a couple years as an RN in an intensive care unit she then worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse in both the hospital and Women's Birth and Wellness Center. It was here that she was able to embrace the power of natural births and witness the amazing capabilities of women in an unrestricted environment. After attending graduate school at UNC Chapel Hill in 2004, Rachel provided primary and obstetric care as a Nurse Practitioner at the Chatham County Health Department. She was then able to return to the Women's Birth and Wellness Center as their Family and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in October 2008. She strongly believes in the philosophy of the birth center and looks forward to providing care for the women who share this belief of woman-centered care. Rachel lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and daughter Amelia who was born here in June by the guiding hands of our CNM's Jewel and Maureen.

Deborah Adler, WHNP

Deborah Booth Adler, WHNP, IBCLC

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Deborah grew up in Rocky Mount, NC and moved to Chapel Hill in 1989 to attend UNC. She worked in psychology at Duke University and was inspired by a nurse practitioner co-worker to pursue nursing instead of research as she had planned. After obtaining her Master's in nursing at Vanderbilt University, Deborah returned to the area and worked for four years as a nurse practitioner in a private OB-GYN practice in Durham. Then after a move with her family to Sacramento, California, her work was labor and delivery at an inner-city hospital and at a private OB-GYN office. Another move took her to east Tennessee where she was on the faculty of East Tennessee State University.  She worked as both a nursing instructor and as a provider at a nurse practitioner run clinic which provided care to underserved populations.  Her daughter was born in 2004.  Deborah, her husband and daughter were excited to return to Chapel Hill in 2006 and her son was born in 2007 right here at the birthing center. After working from home as an online nursing instructor and also being a full time mom, Deborah is thrilled to be part of the WBWC staff and looks forward to providing compassionate care to women throughout the lifespan. In 2012 Deborah became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and joined our lactation staff. You may see her in either, or both, of her two roles here.

Jane Gledhill, RN     Nurse Manager

Jane is the Nurse Manager at Women’s Birth & Wellness Center where she sets an example of working collaboratively to provide the best health care in a low-intervention environment while giving calm, consistent care for all mamas and babies. Jane received her BSN in nursing in 2004 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a labor and delivery nurse at UNC for four years. Prior to this, she worked as a physical medicine and rehabilitation nurse at UNC. Most recently, Jane completed the College of Nursing Graduate Program with a concentration in Midwifery at East Carolina University.  Jane serves as the secretary of the Legislative Committee for the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Nurse Midwives and is passionate about being an advocate for midwifery in our state. She has completed three mission trips to Haiti and has worked as a volunteer with Girl Scouts of America as well as the YMCA. Prior to entering the medical field, Jane spent 18 years managing farms in Hot Springs and Cedar Grove, NC where she nurtured a thriving vegetable garden, along with maintaining chickens, dairy goats and honey bees.  She is originally from Chicago, Ill. and has called North Carolina home since 1981. Two of her biggest loves are spending time with her three grandchildren and making goat milk soap at the Gledhill Farm.

Nancy Albrecht, RN, BSN, MA

Nancy Albrecht, RN, BSN, MA, IBCLC

Nancy began her WBWC journey as the clinic nurse in April 2006. Born and raised in the Midwest she's has made North Carolina home for almost 20 years. Nursing is her fourth and final career, after stints as a counselor, daycare provider, and childbirth educator. She also was involved with La Leche League as a member and leader for 15 years.

After almost 10 years in a private OB/GYN office, working at WBWC feels like coming home. You may see Nancy assisting in the clinic any afternoon, but you are most likely to hear her voice on the phone. She is always available to answer your serious and silly questions. She's also a member of our MILC: Mothers & Infants Lactation Care services.

Maureen delivered her youngest daughter, Johanna, 19 years ago! Nancy lives in Raleigh with her husband, four cats, and depending on the day of the week, one to three of the girls. Mothering is still her most important role, however; her four daughters continue to amuse and amaze her daily. She also enjoys gardening, reading, time spent with her grand children and emailing friends and family.

Cheryl Mitchell Olds, RN

Cheryl Mitchell Olds, RN

Cheryl graduated from the University of Wisconsin/Madison nursing school and has spent time working in most all aspects of maternal-child nursing in Madison, Seattle and Missoula, Montana. She moved with her family to Jena, Germany in 1997 and while there completed a distance midwifery program at the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. She spent 2 years working at a Geburtshaus (birth center) in Germany before returning to the US in 2004.   She moved to Durham and has been working as an RN at WBWC since the summer of 2005.

When not working she loves to be outside playing (hiking, biking, tennis…) or working in the garden.  House projects and quilting projects also keep her busy, and out of trouble.  She has a husband, Tom, who isn’t always sure her house projects keep her out of trouble, and 2 redheaded daughters, Molly and Sara, who are heading off on their own adventures in life.

Ellen Shrader, RN

Ellen Shrader, RN

Ellen graduated from Emory University School of Nursing in 1987 and has worked in the maternal-child health field for the past 25 years, including large inner-city hospitals, small clinics, a birth center in CT, and the Visiting Nurses Association. She started working at WBWC in 2003. Currently she is the WBWC home visit nurse and travels to see our birth center families all over NC. 

She is married to her wonderful husband, Ed, and has two daughters, Amelia, 22, who was born in a birth center in Atlanta and Chloe, 19, who was born at home.  Ellen became a grandmother in May of 2010. She loves to spend time with her parents, daughters and granddaughter who all live within 5 miles of her.

Ellen is an avid reader, vegetarian cook and Carolina basketball fan-Go Heels!  She loves being there when a new person enters the world.

Kallyn Boerner

Creative Coordinator & Boutique Sales Associate

Kallyn moved to Durham in 2013 and uses her creative talents to build community and help new moms at Women's Birth & Wellness Center. She works in the boutique as a skilled and cheerful sales associate.  She also helps coordinate marketing, social media and the WBWC monthly newsletter.  Outside WBWC, she is a certified birth doula and lactation counselor. Kallyn spent the past 20 years as a photojournalist, working for newspapers in West Virginia and South Florida. In addition to the work she does with mamas and babies, Kallyn runs a photography business with her husband, Alex. WBWC is thrilled to have her on the team.    


Rebecca Costello, MPH, IBCLC

Rebecca Costello, MPH, IBCLC
Coordinator of Lactation Services

A proud native of Ithaca, NY, Rebecca studied public health and anthropology at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. She wrote her senior thesis on the role of breastfeeding in public health, which sparked an interest in maternal and child health. After graduating, she lived and worked in various places including Colorado, Hawaii, and New York City before moving to North Carolina in 2008 to earn her Master's in Public Health with in the department of Maternal and Child Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. She simultaneously completed a program to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). After finishing her program in 2010, she worked at UNC Hospitals as a lactation consultant for more than three years before joining the team at WBWC.

Rebecca lives in Carrboro and in her free time enjoys exploring the walking trails in the area, crocheting and quilting, contra dancing, and singing. She recently bought a house and is a very beginner gardener.

Ellen Chetwynd, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Ellen Chetwynd, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Ellen was born in New Zealand and lived in both Indonesia and Korea before growing up just outside of Washington DC. She currently lives in Chatham County, in an old farmhouse that is constantly being reconstructed. She has two kids (one delivered with Maureen Darcey back in 1988!) who are grown and living on their own. This has given her time to work on her Master's in Maternal and Child Health at UNC (to be completed in May of 2011!). She has been a Lactation Consultant since 2000 and working with breastfeeding moms and babies for about 10 years before that. Ellen provides services within our MILC: Mother & Infant Lactation Care two days a week.

Kerry Wilgen, RN

Kerry Wilgen, RN

Kerry earned her degree in nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1999. She is also certified is prenatal and perinatal therapeutic massage. Kerry lives in Durham with her husband and four lovely children. She has been working as a labor and delivery nurse at Women's Birth & Wellness Center since 2002. Kerry provides sensitive support during labor so that women are able attain their birthing goals as much as possible.

Elley Schopler, RN, IBCLC

Elley has been a maternity nurse and lactation consultant for more than 20 years, working in many capacities. Currently, she works at both WBWC and UNC as a lactation consultant. Elley has a BA in African Studies and a BS in Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill. She and her husband live outside of Chapel Hill on a farm where they have many animals and have raised three boys. Elley helped create our MILC: Mothers & Infants Lactation Care team in 2010. Connecting people, making "fun" happen and enjoying the outdoors are some of her greatest joys!

Nicole Splenda, RN

Nicole Splenda, RN, LMBT

Nicole has been an RN at the birth center since August 2008.  She moved from Massachusetts after obtaining a nursing degree from Massachusetts Bay community College in 2007.  Nicole started off her love of birth by becoming a doula in 1998. After attending her first homebirth she went to Maternidad La Luz in El Paso, TX and there she received her CPM.  Nicole attended numerous homebirths in CA and MA before deciding to go to nursing school. Nicole has also been a Massage therapist for the past 12 years she loves doing pregnancy/ postpartum massage, but deep tissue is her favorite!

Nicole has three beautiful children Caden, Ty and Noelle all born at home and an incredibly supportive husband, Jot. Nicole loves to spend time hanging out at her “new” old log cabin remodeling, and gardening.  She loves traveling, music, camping,  any reason to get to the beach, and looks forward to new adventures in the southeast.

Asha Oakes

Asha Oakes, RN, IBCLC

Asha Oakes was raised in West Virginia where she fell in love with the birth process as a young girl attending her siblings’ births. She is a mother of two lovely children who were fortunate enough to have had a midwife in attendance when they entered this world.  She recently relocated to Chapel Hill to accompany her husband as he attends UNC Law School. She lived in western North Carolina for the past nine years where she obtained her nursing degree and began her work as a registered nurse. She has worked with mothers and babies as a registered nurse for the past five years.  She has a variety of experiences working in both out of hospital and in hospital settings. She has a special passion for working with midwives and mothers in the out of hospital birth setting. In 2013 she earned her certification as a Lactation Consultant.

Teresa Ray, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist - Women's Birth & Wellmess Center. Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Teresa Ray

Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist

Teresa has worked at Women's Birth & Wellness Center for over four years. She is the smiling face you will see in the lab whenever you need her. She is in charge of the laboratory services and assists the providers and the administrative staff. Teresa lives in Mebane with her husband and three beautiful children. If you see her outside of the clinic, it will most likely be in the stands watching one of her children playing sports!

Tracey Jones, CNA

Lab Assistant

Born in New Jersery, she's lived in Alaska and South Carolina before coming to North Carolina 14 yrs. ago. First earning a degree in Specail Ed. she taught for several years in several states. Before coming to the WBWC in 2012, her medical work was as a CNA in pedicatrics and maternal health in Durham, NC.

She now enjoys interaction with the women and their families that come through our center. Her home is now in Durham which she shares with her fiance Nelson and her dog Monty. Occassionally she's visited by one of her three children who now all live "away from home". 

Kiah Goodhand

Kiah Sell-Goodhand

Patient Coordinator

Kiah was born in Boston, Massachusetts but raised in Durham, North Carolina. She attended UNC-Asheville where she studied abroad in Mexico and received her B.A. in Sociology and Spanish.  She moved back to Durham to work for an AmeriCorps program that works to improve the quality and visibility of early childhood education in North Carolina.

Prior to joining the WBWC family, Kiah worked for several years as a teacher at Primary Colors Early Learning Center. Although she misses her class of three year olds, Kiah loves learning more about Women’s Health and alternative birth methods. Her favorite part of working at WBWC is meeting all of the wonderful families and getting to hold so many beautiful babies!


Michelle Dingfelder

Latasha Jordan

Front Desk Manager

Latasha was born and raised in central New Jersey. She relocated to Durham, NC six years ago and is glad to call NC her new home. Currently pursuing a BS degree in Organizational Management at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC, she has over ten years experience in customer service. Also a volunteer mentor for “studentmentor.org” she serves as a life coach for teenagers & college students. When not at work, Latasha enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. She looks forward to beginning a new journey with the WBWC family. 

Sofia Placencia, Administrative Assistant

Sofia Marks

Bilingual Administrative Assistant

Sofia Marks began working at Women's Birth & Wellness Center as our Bilingual Administrative Assistant in February of 2010.  She is originally from Santa Barbara, California where she earned her Associate's Degree in psychology from Santa Barbara Community College. Prior to working at WBWC, Sofia worked as a Job Coach at another non-profit, Goodwill Industries of Southern Neveda.  Working at WBWC has been very inspiring for her.  Sofia plans to finish her degree in sociology in 2014.  

Being a mother of three daughters, her favorite part of working at WBWC is getting to hold new born babies.

Donna McBane

Front Desk Coordinator, Lab Assistant

Joining us in February 2012, Donna was born and raised in LA. That being Lower Alamance County, North Carolina! Recently celebrating 25 years of marital bliss, her family consists of a wonderful husband, Everette, one young adult child, Brad, and the family dogs Angus and Harley.

Having received an Insurance, Billing and Coding Certificate from Alamance Community College, she is currently working toward a Certified Nursing Assistant license. As a member of the Eli Whitney Ruritan Club and the Eli Whitney Fire Dept. Auxiliary she’s able to spend time with friends and family. She loves to travel while also enjoying stories about other people’s adventures. Her WBWC adventure is seeing wonderful ladies having these awesome babies!

Holly Lindsay-Miller

Holly Lindsay-Miller

Boutique Manager

Originally from Kentucky, Holly Lindsay Miller moved to North Carolina after graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in Sociology. Since moving to Durham with her husband, she has given birth to two daughters, both born at the Birth Center. Since their births, Holly has been pursuing certification as a postpartum doula. She finds helping women and families at the Boutique is another way she can surround herself with the many things she loves. When not working at the Boutique, you can find her reading, hiking, attending concerts, mountain traveling, and easpecially enjoying getting to see her children develop into the unique people they are.

Sarah Coonley, Boutique Sales Associate

Sarah Coonley, RN

Boutique Associate

Sarah Coonley was born in Florida but has moved many times since then!  She received her Bachelor's of Nursing degree in 2000 from the College of Mount St.Vincent in Riverdale, NY.  She and her husband moved to Durham in 2002 where she worked as a pediatric oncology RN until the birth of their daughter (at the birthing center!) in October 2006. They have three other children. Two of whom were subsequently born at WBWC.  She enjoys sharing her experiences with those new to the cloth diapering world. Being part of the boutique team is a great way for her to spread the word!

Rose Campagnola

Boutique Associate

In 2006, Rose moved to NC from CO. She had recently become a birth doula and found the birth center to be a home away from home as a volunteer. In 2007, Rose helped open Women's Birth & Wellness Boutique and worked there for four years. After taking some time off to be with her son, Jonah (2010), she is back as an associate. She is passionate about cloth diapering, babywearing, and women's health in general. 

Courtney Scott, MSW

Boutique Associate

Originally from Florida, Courtney and her husband moved to Durham in 2010 following the completion of her Master’s in Social Work from NC State. They have one son who was recently turned 1 year old and was born at the Birth Center. Since becoming a mother, Courtney looks forward to creating ways in which to use her skills and experience serving women and their families through their birthing experiences.  She is passionate about helping women make choices about baby care that works for them! 

Outside of working at the boutique, Courtney is creating a series of workshops and therapy groups for postpartum women.  She enjoys reading, singing, playing with her son, working in the garden and hiking.






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Tracy Lenhardt

Sales Boutique Associate

Women's Birth and Wellness Center is pleased to announce the hiring of Tracy, who moved from Washington, D.C. to Chapel Hill in 2007 with her husband. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Birth through Kindergarten Early Childhood and Special Education from East Carolina University. She taught Pre-K and worked in preschool accreditation for several years before accepting a position working in an autism research project at UNC. 

After giving birth to her daughter at WBWC in 2010, Tracy became a stay-at-home mom. Inspired by her experiences as a mother and her background working with children and families, she decided to follow her heart and become a postpartum doula. She is also active in the local breastfeeding community and would like to eventually become a lactation consultant. In her free time, she loves to hang out with family and friends (and her greyhound), camping, snowboarding, dancing, and traveling.  She loves working in the WBWC Boutique because it is another great way to serve moms and babies. 

We are excited that Tracy is a part of the WBWC team!

Most photography on this page was provided by Abigail Blosser. abigail@abigailblosserphotography.com