Mother and child at the Midwife Group & Birth Center

“You allowed my birth experience to be everything I wanted.”


The Midwife Group offers the only midwifery based practice for women’s health care in the region. The Birth Center provides the area’s only alternative to high tech and interventive birth. Babies have been born into the caring hands of Certified Nurse Midwives at the Birth Center for over 29 years.

Education and experience:
The Certified Nurse Midwives of the Midwife Group are all graduates of accredited nurse-midwifery programs. They all hold Master’s degrees in Nursing and Midwifery and have a combined total of over 80 years of midwifery experience.

Practice and collaboration:
The Certified Nurse Midwives of the Midwife Group practice full-scope nurse-midwifery in collaboration with OB/ GYN physicians. The Birth Center practice has been in existence for over 29 years and the midwives have had hospital privileges for over 17 years.

License and certification:
The Certified Nurse Midwives of the Midwife Group are all state licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and are all nationally certified by The American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Nancy Belin
RN, MSN, CNM, ACCE, Certified Nurse Midwife, Past director.  BSN, 1970, Columbia University;  MSN, 1977, University of Rhode Island;  CNM, 1985, Medical University of South Carolina;  Lamaze International Certified Childbirth Educator.
Jill Whitfield
RN, MSN, CNM, CCE, Certified Nurse Midwife.  LPN, 1971, Savannah Technical School;  RN, 1977, Armstrong State College;  BS, 1983, Ferris State University;  MSN,1999, Armstrong Atlantic State University;  CNM 2003, Medical University of South Carolina; Certified Childbirth Educator.
Rita Chesney Rita Chesney
RN, MS, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife, Director.  BSN, 1988, Seton Hall University; MS,CNM, 2001, University of Maryland at Baltimore; LTC, Army (Retired)
Erin Graham Erin Graham
RN, MSN, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife, BS (Music), 2001, Catholic University of America; AD, 2005, Occupational Studies/Massage therapy; 2006, Doula training, DONA ; 2012, BSN, Emory University; 2013, MSN, CNM, Emory University
Dr Karen Baker Karen T. Baker, M.D.
BS, 1996, University of Florida, MD, 2000, University of Florida College of Medicine, OB/GYN Residency, 2000-2004, University of North Carolina, Assoc. Professor of OB/GYN, 2004 – 2011, University of North Carolina College of Medicine, Assist. Professor of OB/GYN, 2012 – present, Mercer University College of Medicine,  Board Certified OB/GYN, 2006-present, Fellow, American Congress of OB/GYN, present
Memorial University Medical Center Medical Staff, 2012-present
Margaret Dorroh
Founder, Retired
RN, MN, CNM, FNPC, Certified Nurse Midwife, Family Nurse Practitioner. BSN, 1965, Vanderbilt University;  MN, 1971, Emory University; CNM, 1977 Medical University of South Carolina;  FNP, 1985, Georgia Southern University

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