Meet the Midwives

Photo credit:  Shaw Photography Co

Photo credit: Shaw Photography Co

Maura Winkler, CNM, IBCLC

Originally from the Buffalo, New York area, Maura Winkler moved to Chicago to pursue a medical degree but quickly discovered that the medical model of care of women did not match her personal values and philosophies. She left medical school and immediately began her path to becoming a certified nurse midwife (CNM) at University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Maura believes strongly in the midwifery model of care--namely that women and their health care team are shared decision makers. She is a strong proponent of informed decision-making and consent and views women as experts in their own bodies. While midwives in the United States are primarily known as providers of care during pregnancy and childbirth, women of all life stages can benefit from the care of a midwife.

Throughout her work as a birth and postpartum doula for six years as owner of Chicago Birth & Baby, Maura supported women & families through all types of labor & birth experiences in both hospital and out of hospital settings. Maura's training as a student midwife at West Suburban's Alternative Birth Centerjust outside of Chicago in Oak Park, Illinois solidified her interest in low intervention birth in the hospital setting. She collaborated in writing the Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancyas well as the Mama Natural Birth Course. She has supported hundreds of breastfeeding women as a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and Breastfeeding USA Counselor. Maura founded Fika Midwifery in 2017.

Maura also has experience supporting women through reproductive choices such as pregnancy options counseling, birth control & contraception, and providing women with empowering routine gynecological care.

Maura lives in the Elmwood Village area with her husband and two children. Not surprisingly, she loves indulging in fair trade, local coffee as well as sponge candy and local microbrews. You might see her running around the neighborhood, loving her old Victorian home, or spending time at local restaurants and the Bidwell Farmer's Market.

Photo credit:  Shaw Photography Co

Photo credit: Shaw Photography Co

Lydia Doublestein, CM, CLC

While in her homestate of Michigan, Lydia Doublestein pursued an undergraduate degree in Public Health with an emphasis on maternal/child health and community development.  Along the way, Lydia discovered that becoming a midwife would be her next step, so she moved to Brooklyn, NY where she obtained her Master of Science in Midwifery from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center.  

While studying midwifery, Lydia worked as a birth assistant at the Brooklyn Birthing Center, the oldest free-standing birth center in New York.  Working as a birth assistant built upon the public health knowledge and gave her practical experience witnessing normal, physiological labor/birth and providing direct care to families seeking this alternative.  Lydia also has experience providing labor support as a doula and facilitating lactation as a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). 

After becoming a Certified Midwife (CM), Lydia continued working at the Brooklyn Birthing Center as a midwife fellow.  She also worked as an assistant midwife at homebirths with Kimm Sun and Takiya Ballard.  Through providing care with families in low-intervention settings, she has developed a strong passion for holding space during the birthing experience so that she can witness the power of women to labor and bring life into the world.

Lydia believes that being a midwife is a commitment and responsibility. It is a commitment to providing reliable, responsible care that gives dignity and respect to individuals and families from all walks of life. It is a responsibility to guide and guard those who are seeking a midwife’s care - be it for gynecologic services, preconception counsel, care during childbearing, postpartum and/or newborn care.

Lydia lives on the Lower West Side of Buffalo and can often be found frequenting local coffee shops and biking around the city.  She also enjoys backpacking, discovering new places, and brewing her own kombucha.

Photo credit: Sprouted Acorn Photography (Ohio)

Photo credit: Sprouted Acorn Photography (Ohio)

Katie Stadler, CNM

As a licensed and nationally credentialed Certified Nurse Midwife, Katie is qualified to provide care for healthy, low-risk women and their babies during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period and to provide midwifery care throughout women's lives addressing a wide range of health topics and concerns.

Katie is a certified nurse midwife with a foundation in reproductive health and has worked with women and birthing families in various roles since the late 1990s. She is also a DONA trained doula and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator with decades of experience in a variety of birth settings. She served as a public health nurse in the roles of project director, clinical educator, and clinician for two sexual health and family planning clinics for many years and earned her master's degree in nurse midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in 2016.

Katie strongly supports empowered choice and bodily autonomy in all aspects of health and has loved supporting families choosing out of hospital birth as a birth center midwife in the Ohio Amish and Mennonite community as well as her work across the full spectrum of reproductive health. Katie is passionate about continuing education in many areas of midwifery and holistic health and is currently participating in an intensive study of integrative and functional medicine and its application to women's health and wellness. She regularly attends birth emergency skills trainings for out of hospital providers and maintains NRP and BLS certifications.

In her personal life, Katie is an extroverted introvert, a gardener, a singer, a keeper of hens, and a lover of nature, music, and big dogs.