Certified Nurse Midwives
Sarah Dumas, CNM
Clinical Midwifery Director
After being invited at age 10 to attend her aunt’s birth in a birth center in Oklahoma, she was amazed watching her aunt and uncle deliver their beautiful son. Sarah is a second-generation midwife who grew up in an Army family living in Germany, Washington, D.C. and Kentucky. She attended nursing school at the University of Cincinnati graduating in 2002. She completed her Master’s Degree at the University of New Mexico’s Nurse Midwifery Program in May 2007, she joined the WBWC team in July of the same year. Sarah enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her husband, Jed, their son, T.S., and their dog, Lucy. Her favorite part of being a midwife is helping women become mothers (again).
Jessica Albrecht, CNM
Jessica Albrecht became inspired to become a midwife after witnessing her first birth at the wee age of seven. The birth was her sister being born. Her mother (also a WBWC employee) was supported and cared for by Maureen Darcey at the Birth Center in its previous incarnation in Siler City. Throughout her childhood, the idea of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding were presented as normal parts of life. That influence led Jessica to graduate from UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing in 2003, working for several years on medical/surgical floors before joining labor & delivery in 2005. Jessica then attended Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s midwifery program, graduating in December 2013. Her first job was with a midwife who owned and operated a practice in Minneapolis, MN where she cared for both high and low-risk families. Jessica is happy to be home in North Carolina, out of the cold and working at WBWC, where she is lucky to work with the two women, Nancy Albrecht and Maureen, who first showed her the power of women and midwifery care. Not having children of her own, Jessica’s niece and nephew (both caught by WBWC midwives) are her pride and joy!
Lydia Dominic, CNM
From her teenage years, Lydia has steered toward a life of helping others, specifically birthing mothers. After earning her BSN from Case Western Reserve University in 2002, Lydia spent the following 14 years as an RN, moving from a medical/surgical unit, to postpartum, to labor and delivery. Before moving to North Carolina, Lydia cared for women and babies in the hospital setting in her native Cleveland. While working at both WBWC and Wake Med as an RN, she found herself drawn to WBWC’s model of care. After moving back to Ohio for her husband’s job, Lydia earned her MSN in midwifery from Case Western. Lydia is ecstatic to return to WBWC to continue to care for, and empower women and their little ones. In addition, she looks forward to the additional opportunities that North Carolina’s climate will afford to ride her bike and hike, especially while Cleveland is covered in snow. Lydia also enjoys browsing for berries at farmers markets, cooking, bluegrass music, and being with her friends, husband, and young son.
Carey Jefferson, CNM
Carey is a native of Richmond, Virginia. After earning her Bachelor of Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, she pursued a nursing degree with the goal of becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife and graduated from nursing school in 2000 from Western Carolina. Having worked as a labor and delivery nurse in a small community hospital and in a large urban hospital, Carey came to WBWC in 2010 joining as one of our labor and delivery nurses. She became a CNM in the spring of 2013, graduating from Eastern Carolina University’s Midwifery program. Currently, she lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and daughter. When Carey finds spare time, she enjoys playing board games with her family, birding and cooking.
Emily Joubert, CNM
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Ohio University, Emily studied nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill. She first had the opportunity to work with WBWC midwives and patients while working as a labor and delivery nurse for 10 years at UNC’s Women’s Hospital and was attracted to the unique care WBWC provides. During these years, she took time off to have two sons. She earned a Master’s of Science with a concentration in midwifery from East Carolina University in May 2011. Emily started at the Birth Center in August 2011. When she’s not busy catching babies, Emily enjoys spending time with her family, having outdoor adventures, and watching the boys’ sporting events. She also loves cooking and sharing meals with friends.
Allison Koch, CNM
Allison joined Women’s Birth & Wellness Center in January of 2008. Born and raised in upstate New York and descended from midwives (including one of Mary Breckenridge’s first Frontier midwives), her entire career has been devoted to empowering and advocating for women. She has been politically active for midwifery and birth reform and strives to preserve the midwifery model of care. She especially enjoys working with healing herbs, homeopathy and energetic therapies, such as acupuncture, and actively pursues opportunities to advance her knowledge of alternative healing. She also enjoys facilitating groups for women such as Group Prenatal Care and Midlife Women’s health/Menopause groups. Allison, who lives in Hillsborough with her two furry felines, has been married to her husband for more than 30 years. They have two grown children.
Rebeca Moretto, MPH, CNM
Rebeca was introduced to midwifery at birth, in the Siler City Birth Center, where her mother was cared for by the wonderful midwives, including Maureen Darcey. Fourteen years later, she witnessed her younger brother’s birth and was awestruck by her mother’s power and control during the process, setting her on a winding journey towards a career in midwifery. She began her career in public health, working with underserved populations such as migrant farmworkers in North Carolina and other marginalized populations in New York, while earning her MPH in global health. While serving women in Latin America she became passionate about educating both providers and consumers about evidence-based maternity care, leading her to pursue certification as a birth and postpartum doula, a lactation counselor, and a Lamaze childbirth educator. After graduating from UNC School of Nursing in 2012, she had the opportunity to work at UNC Family Medicine as the Perinatal Nurse Coordinator and subsequently as a nurse at two other birthing centers in NC. She received her Masters degree in Nurse-Midwifery in May of 2017 from the ECU College of Nursing. She dreamed of working at WBWC while attending births here as a doula as well as receiving care herself and is thrilled that this dream has come true! Rebeca has two inquisitive, hilarious, and energetic children. When she’s not attending births, Rebeca still enjoys too much coffee, in addition to: lackadaisical runs with friends, spending time with all of her NC family, hiking, camping with her littles and her love, Justin, learning about herbs, drumming, reading, all the Netflix and BBC shows, and breakfast food in all its forms.
Belinda Lashea, CNM
Belinda has been supporting women in out-of-hospital birth for over 18 years. She began her training as a Certified Professional Midwife in 1998, developing her philosophy of midwifery that views pregnancy, birth, and mothering as important rites of passage in the life cycles of women. She sees her role as guardian of these sacred, natural processes. Belinda is passionate about traditional wise-woman healing modalities, including herbal and homeopathic medicine. Furthering her education, she graduated with a BSN from the University of North Carolina in 2012, and a Masters in Nurse-Midwifery from East Carolina University in 2016. Belinda found her midwife-home at WBWC as a student, and joined our practice immediately upon graduating. She enjoys the gynocentric, sacred ways the WBWC midwives and staff celebrate their calling, the women of the community, and one another. When not at the birth center, Belinda is very active in the NC midwifery community, working politically as an activist, teaching and attending lectures, and serving her sister midwives across the state. Personally, Belinda enjoys the antics of her young adult children, frequent trips to the coast, smelling her horse, women’s circles, campfires, staring at the moon, crystals, tattoos, and reading 3 books at any given time.
Laura Meyers, CNM
Having relocated to North Carolina from South Florida in 1999, Laura now considers North Carolina her true home. A 2005 graduate of East Carolina University’s nursing program, Laura has spent all of her nursing career in labor and delivery as well as a mother/baby nurse, first at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, and with us since 2014. She recently completed ECU’s midwifery program. Laura first became interested in out-of-hospital birth after the beautiful home births of two of her three children. Laura is married with three grown children, and a house full of pets. Laura’s first grandchild was born in the peach room in 2016. She enjoys reading, gardening, sewing, crochet and spending time with her family.
Pamela Reis, CNM
Pam is originally from Westchester County, NY. She came to N.C. to attend Duke University School of Nursing. Since then she has had an interesting career, first as a neonatal nurse practitioner and then as a nurse-midwife for the past 24 years. Pam’s passion for midwifery came about through her experiences in caring for preterm infants, and her desire to help mothers avoid giving birth too soon. Pam was fortunate to graduate from the first nurse-midwifery class at East Carolina University. Remaining loyal to the Pirate Nation she graduated with a PhD in Nursing from ECU in 2011 and is now a nurse-midwifery educator at ECU. Pam has worked as a midwife in private practice, hospital-based practices, and in a community health department. Pam stays busy advocating for women’s health through leadership roles in state and national nursing and midwifery organizations. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two adult sons, reading, walking, and traveling.
Mariah Velazquez, CNM
Mariah, a Chapel Hill native, attended UNC-Charlotte for her Bachelor’s in Nursing and began working labor and delivery at the Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Mariah loved supporting mothers and babies, so a year later she went back to school and completed her Master’s of Nurse Midwifery at Frontier Nursing University. During the program, she moved back to Chapel Hill and completed her clinicals at Women’s Birth and Wellness Center. She has continued her work at the Birth Center as a nurse and CNM (you may see her in either of her dual roles). Mariah is fully committed to assisting women and families in one of the most important times of their lives and is truly passionate about out-of-hospital birth. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and three children. In her free time, she can be found spending time outdoors with her family.