Midwife in Missoula, MT
At The Birth Center, we want you to feel at home. On this page you'll find information about our staff. We strive to offer you the experience and knowledge that you would expect from a caring midwifery practice along with a responsive attitude that will put you at ease.
Jeanne Hebl, C.N.M.
My midwifery career began upon graduation from the University of California, San Francisco General Hospital in 1985. North Central Bronx Hospital in the Bronx, New York, was my first introduction to a long standing, reputable midwifery service which mainly served the indigent population of the area. My subsequent career experiences include 3 years in Ethiopia, Africa, as a CNM nurse consultant. My main position included training the local nurses to enable them to train the traditional birth attendants (TBA) in their respective language in a culturally sensitive manner. Following Africa, I relocated to Whitefish, Montana to work at the County Health Department in Kalispell and North Valley Hospital in Whitefish. I also spent 3 years in Browning at the Indian Health Hospital. In 1994, I relocated to Missoula, Montana. After many years in practice assisting births at Community Medical Center, I joined Dr. Lynn Montgomery and participated in the development of the first birth center in Missoula.
Following the closure of Dr. Montgomery's Birth Center in 2009 due to his passing, I opened another Birth Center to follow in the tradition and vision that both Dr. Montgomery and I shared. My expertise includes caring for women throughout pregnancy, birth, and post-partum. I'm an advocate of natural childbirth and also believe that women should have the option to take charge of their pregnancies and births according to their individual desires. My goal is to empower women by offering unbaised information while presenting options. My passion is to support women and their families through their pregnancies and births. I'm also skilled in well-women anual exams, birth control options, and peri and post-menopausal care.I feel honored to be able to provide an alternative birthing option for the women and families of Missoula.
Audrey Muto, CNM, WHNP
Audrey has been caring for pregnant women and their families in just about every role imaginable since 2009. Inspired by the book, Birthing From Within, she worked for two years as a doula, childbirth educator and prenatal yoga instructor in her native San Francisco Bay Area. She then decided to pursue a career in midwifery and graduated from Yale School of Nursing with a Master's of Science in Nursing as a nurse-midwife and women's health nurse practitioner in 2014. Always interested in out-of-hospital birth, Audrey was fortunate enough to spend her last semester of school at El Rio Birth and Women's Health Center, a free-standing birth center in Tucson, AZ. Lured in by the promise of more time with family (Audrey's sister lives in Tucson), sunny 75 degree winters, year-around hiking and a new love interest, she decided to stay in Tucson and obtained a job as a labor and delivery nurse at a local hospital. Ultimately, it was time to move on and Audrey is very happy to have found herself here at The Birth Center in Missoula where she looks forward to meeting and working with all of you!
In addition to her studies at Yale, Audrey has a bachelor's degree in Biology and Japanese from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, and is a certified yoga intructor. She also taught English in Japan for two years as a participant on the JET Programme. Outside of work, you will most likely find her doing partner acrobatics or country swing dancing with her boyfriend, or perhaps doing handstands or hanging from aerial silks around town. She also enjoys hiking, backpacking, snowboarding and obsessively posting pictures of her cats on the Intrenet.
Kathy Crowley-Haywood, RN
I joined the Birth Center staff in 2013 and what I love most about the Birth Center is the continuity of care that is found here, as well as our smaller size and accessibility to the providers. I truly enjoy working with women and their families and hope that you will find your visits here to be a positive experience. I believe in the midwifery model we follow here at the Birth Center as a method for safe, thorough care in a calm and nurturing environment. All women deserve a healthy, educated, and empowered pregnancy (and beyond) and it is my goal to help you achieve that.
In 1993, I came to Montana as a transfer college student after crossing the country multiple times and deciding that Missoula was the place for me. I originally attended UM for Wildlife Biology and graduated in 1995. Over time, I shifted my attention to raising my two young sons and my experiences with them prompted me to return to school to pursue a second degree in Nursing. I completed my R.N. in 2012 and have since become a Certified Lactation Counselor. My professional passions include lactation and breastfeeding; obstetrics; nutrition and food security; public health; and women’s issues.
In my free time, I am usually found outdoors with my husband and two sons enjoying Western Montana. My hobbies include kayaking, paddle-boarding, hiking, biking, and skiing.
If I can help you please feel free to call me at 406.541.7115 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org If you are considering the Birth Center for your prenatal care I invite you to come for a “Meet & Greet” so we can give you a tour and answer any questions you may have. There is no obligation or cost in exploring your options and we look forward to the opportunity to meet you.
Ruth King, RN
Ruth is a registered nurse and a part-time birth attendant for our office. Her Bio to follow soon!
Barbra Hardy, Financial Coordinator
Barbra is our financial Coordinator she has been with our office since April 2014. Her Bio to follow soon!
Marlene Sampson, Doula and birth assistant
I've been practicing as a doula and childbirth educator for the past 30 years. I'm excited to be working with The Birth Center as a birth assistant.