Photo credit:  Shaw Photography Co

Photo credit: Shaw Photography Co

Christina Walsh, Office Manager

Christina is the mother of two home born children. As office manager, she has been supporting private practice midwives and natural birth providers since 2008.  She believes families should have birthing options including access to midwifery model of care and out-of-hospital birth, and works tirelessly for fair insurance reimbursement for these services. Christina has a varied background with a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree in dance performance and choreography, and has previously managed a yoga studio and a healing arts center. Reach out to her with any insurance, scheduling, or paperwork questions as well as for making connections and finding resources in our community.

 

 

Birth Assistants

 Photo credit:  Shaw Photography Co

Photo credit: Shaw Photography Co

Sigrid Chapman, RN, IBCLC

As a mom of five, Sigrid has experienced everything from cesarean to home waterbirth for the births of her children.  With her personal background inspiring her, she has developed a passion to joyfully support moms and babies on their journeys through birth and breastfeeding.


Sigrid holds a bachelors of science in nursing and has eleven years of experience, first as a newborn nurse skilled in neonatal resuscitation and now as a labor and delivery nurse with certification in fetal monitoring.  She became an international board certified lactation consultant in 2012 and has been assisting at homebirths since 2014.  Sigrid is delighted to bring her knowledge and enthusiasm to Fika Midwifery as a midwife assistant and to serve our families at postpartum visits and lactation consults.


When she isn't working, Sigrid can be found homeschooling and mothering Judah, Galilee, Shiloh, Calah, and Ari with her awesome husband Isaac and sweet dog Cody.

 
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Kaitlin Kowalewski, RN

Kait knew from a very young age her dream was to become a Registered Nurse, specifically caring for mothers and babies. She is extremely passionate about what she does. She graduated nursing school in 2012 and went on to receive her Bachelors in Science degree at Empire State College. She has worked on a mother-baby unit at a local hospital since 2009 and has been a midwife assistant at Fika Midwifery since the beginning.  

Kait is an experienced and skilled newborn nurse certified in the neonatal resuscitation (NRP). She believes in low intervention birth and enjoys assisting in home birth, where women are able to decide how their birth story will go, with the guidance of a Midwife and a team whom all truly believe in the midwifery model of care. You may see Kait at your home birth, post-partum home visit, or assisting at group prenatal care.

Kait lives in the Southtowns with her husband Jesse and 2 golden-doodles, Brody and Nori. When not attending birth or caring for families, she loves to travel, spending time with her family and friends, and trying new craft beer. 

A quote Kait lives by: “THE THINGS YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT ARE NOT RANDOM, THEY ARE YOUR CALLING”- Fabienne Fredickson

 
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Nicole A. Diaz Del Carpio RN, CLC

A Buffalo native, Nicole is a registered nurse with over 10 years of experience.  She began her nursing career working as a medical surgical nurse in a large metropolitan hospital.  Later, while finishing her bachelor’s degree in nursing, she briefly worked as a midwife assistant. It was her enthusiasm for women’s health and experiences with midwifery care that led her to transition to hospital based labor & delivery.  While working there, Nicole attained her lactation counselor, fetal monitoring, and neonatal resuscitation certifications.  She began assisting with home birth again after the midwife attended birth of her son in 2015.

Currently, Nicole is enjoying assisting at Fika Midwifery on nights and weekends & spending time during the day with her young son & daughter who were both born at home.

Nicole is passionate about promoting choice and accessibility in women’s healthcare and feels honored to have the privilege of being with women during such an amazing time in their lives.