Linda Segal, RN, MSN, CNM
Fayetteville, Georgia

I knew my calling as a midwife at 19 years old, when I read about a program for nurse-midwives at the University of New Mexico, in my second year of nursing school.  The program had closed.  A few years later, I experienced a phenomenal breech birth with my first child with a supportive doctor and nurse.  I then applied to the program at the University of Mississippi, a premiere program for nurse-midwifery “seed teams” developed to expand care for mothers and babies in the southeast.  Graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, I went to work in Douglasville at the Birth Center with Dr. Richard Stewart, becoming the first full scope nurse-midwife in private practice in the Atlanta area in December of 1976.  Leaving hospital birth to raise my children, I kept my heart in midwifery working as a homebirth midwife for 17 years.   Most recently, I have been working at Intown Midwifery, in Atlanta.

 

Jenny Ward McDonald, RN, MSN, CNM
Bremen, Georgia

My fascination with birth began in early childhood.  My interest was deep and prolonged enough that my mother bought the book “A Child is Born,” which I studied daily in the car on the way to elementary school.  I grew up thinking my path would be obstetrics, but my world was forever changed when I read “Spiritual Midwifery,” by Ina May Gaskin. I went first to a Farm workshop, then began my Midwifery training in earnest 2000 at Maternidad La Luz, an independent birth center and training program for Certified Professional Midwives in El Paso, Texas.  In 2003 I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the State University of West Georgia, and went on to Emory University for a Master’s in Nurse-Midwifery in 2004.  The birth of my son was a planned home birth that resulted in a transport, but went on to be a wonderful hospital birth in 2005.  I met Linda in 2006, when we both worked in a small suburban hospital, attending births together.  In 2007 I experienced the empowering birth of my daughter at home with Linda as my midwife.  I have been attending home births since 2012.