Capital Area BirthNetwork  a chapter of BirthNetwork National
It's Your Birth...Know Your Options
Capital Area Birth and Beyond: a resource for expectant parent

Please Note:

The Capital Area BirthNetwork is a chapter of Birth Network National.  BirthNetwork National encourages you to seek providers who support your personal philosophies. BirthNetwork National does not endorse or recommend providers, but lists those providers who endorse the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) and are paid BirthNetwork National members. BirthNetwork National does not guarantee the provider information contained in this guide and BirthNetwork National does not check the validity or accuracy of credentials including, but not limited to, certifications, licenses or training of any listed provider. There are variations in the philosophies and practices of providers listed. It is the responsibility of each consumer to verify the credentials of providers and BirthNetwork National encourages consumers to interview providers in order to find the care that is right for each individual and family.

Each consumer is responsible for thoroughly interviewing and checking references in selecting a service provider to meet their individual needs. BirthNetwork urges all parents to take responsibility for their birth experience by interviewing several providers, asking detailed questions, and obtaining references.

For a pdf of our guide click here:  Birth and Beyond


BirthNetwork National is a national non-profit organization with local roots in Southeastern Michigan. The mission of BirthNetwork National is to promote the awareness and availability of evidence-based maternity care.  BirthNetwork National is leading a grassroots movement based on the belief that birth can profoundly affect our physical, mental and spiritual well-being.  BirthNetwork National advocates mother-friendly care as defined by the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) through information, confidence, and support.  By making informed choices and having confidence in the process, families can experience safe and satisfying childbirth.

This guide is a resource for anyone seeking maternity care providers that have endorsed the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services’ (CIMS) Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI). By doing so, each provider has stated her/his commitment to provide specialized care for mothers and babies. Mother-friendly care has been proven to be more affordable, healthier and safer than conventional care. You will find a copy of the MFCI in this guide.

The CIMS hand-out “Having a Baby? Ten Questions to Ask” is also included in this guide; this document is based on the MFCI and is a guide for you to use when interviewing providers. If you meet a provider who has never heard of BirthNetwork National or the MFCI, please give her/him a copy of this guide. You can make a positive change in the way women and babies are cared for by insisting on this kind of care.

BirthNetwork National encourages you to learn more about your options in pregnancy and birth. Obtain information and support at our free local chapter meetings. Visit BirthNetwork National’s website at for more information and resources.

BirthNetwork National encourages you to let your voice be heard. If you have a compliment or complaint about any provider, please let her/him know. Write a letter, make a phone call…caregivers need to know how they rate. If you have goodwill or a grievance, it’s important that you share it. For detailed information on how to file a compliment or complaint, visit BirthNetwork National’s website ( ).

Above all, it is our desire to promote awareness of the benefits and availability of mother-friendly care. It is our hope that one day mother-friendly care will be the gold standard in all of our communities. Join us as we strive to inform and support those who want to know their options for a healthy pregnancy and birth.  By making informed choices and having confidence in the process, women can experience safe and satisfying childbirth.

It’s your birth. Know your options


Childbirth Educators

Celebrate Birthing
Mary Lawton, RN, BSN MA CHt, EFT Cert-I
P (517)803-0128
The Celebrate Birthing program is designed for expectant parents who
desire a birth that is natural, peaceful and calm; a birth that is done the way the body already knows how; a birth that is remembered as a glorious event for years to come!

Whether this is your first baby or your last, whether you have had a
traumatic experience in the past, or undisturbed home births, this program offers you the keys to allowing your baby's beautiful birth to be experienced the way nature intended. Three powerful techniques are combined in this program so that you can create how you will experience the unfoldment of this miracle while dissolving blocks that would keep it from happening! All the while, the body can do what it already knows how and the baby is birthed with ease and joy!

Expectant Parents Organization
Carol Buzzitta, RN, BSN
P (517)337-7365

Julie Brown, CD (DONA), Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
Mother Birth Services
2133 Isaac Lane, East Lansing, MI 48823
P (517) 643-2050

Interactive and dynamic private and group instruction supporting the Lamaze philosophy. Classes will empower you to make informed choices for a positive birth experience.

Mothering Ourselves, LLC
Birthing From Within
Shantana Goerge
P  (517)676-1671


Kylene Volz, DC
Volz Family Chiropractic
1995 N Cedar
Holt, MI 48842
P (517) 881-3326

Dr. Kylene Volz is a Chiropractor in Holt, Michigan that specializes in GENTLE and specific Family Wellness Chiropractic Care. Volz Family Chiropractic is committed to improving your quality of life by using the true principles of Chiroprac"TIC" care. Dr. Kylene Volz and her husband Ryan, a Registered Dietitian, opened the doors to their beautiful office in October of 2005.

Okemos Family Chiropractic
Kirby Perrault, D.C.
P (517)381-1880

Infinity Chiropractic Center                   Waverly Chiropractic Center                   Ledges Chiropractic Center
4500 S. Hagadorn Road                        3700 S. Waverly Road                           227 N. Bridge Street
East Lansing, MI 48823                        Lansing, MI 48911                                Grand Ledge, MI  48837
P (517)324-5433                                 P (517)394-3353                                  P (517)627-7070
Chiropractic care can help you and your baby achieve a healthier pregnancy and delivery.  It is gentle and safe.  During pregnancy many external and internal changes take place, all for the purpose of creating an optimal environment for the developing baby.  Chiropractic care during pregnancy helps to reduce both physical and neurological stresses on your body, improving your body's likelihood to experience the healthiest pregnancy and delivery possible.  Once a child is born it is important to care for their spine and nervous system since it is developing so rapidly.  We value caring for patients of all ages, but our passion lies in caring for expectant mothers, infants and children.

Doulas, Birth

Sara Fedewa CD(DONA)
Birthing with Sara
P 517-372-8780

Birth doula services including prenatal and post-natal visits, labor support in the setting of your choice, and extensive breastfeeding support.  Providing emotional, physical, and informational support to expectant parents.

Connie Perkins
Red Cedar Birth Services

P 517 614 7756
I respect your choices and will support you to the best of my ability with consideration of your needs and wishes during childbirth. It is my goal to educate and counsel you with up to date information so that you may have the facts necessary to make informed decisions about your care as the need arises.  I am available to attend births in the city of Lansing and the surrounding area within a 60 mile radius of my home. I attend births in the hospital, birth center or home.  I work on a sliding scale fee system for low income families with free services for teen mothers and those pursuing relinquishing a child for adoption.

Mitzi's Doula Services
Mitzi Montague-Bauer
P 517-243-0165

Doulas, Postpartum

Infant Care/Natural Family Living

CODA Music Therapy Services, LLC
Kellie Coviak
P (517)862-4675

CODA MTS, LLC provides music therapy services including labor/delivery, NICU and pediatrics. We also offer 'Sing Play Grow', an inclusive early childhood music & movement program for children birth-5 with a parent/guardian.

Healthy Path Consultants
Debbie Miller, Practical Nutrition Advisor
P (517)281.7260

Stephanie White
Z Bear Diapers
1795 S. Cedar Street, Suite G, Holt, MI 48842
P (517)699-0359

An eco-friendly cloth diapering, nursing support, colic relief and babywearing store.  Located just south of Lansing.  We are hear to make your journey in baby care eco-conscience and worry free!

Chris Singer
My Smart Hands of Lansing
P (517) 862-0118

Research shows that preverbal infants can communicate through the use of sign language long before they can verbalize their needs. At My Smart Hands™, we offer classes and workshops that will give you the skills and knowledge you will need to communicate with your preverbal, hearing baby. Learn how signs taken from American Sign Language (ASL) can help you engage your child in two-way communication.

Lactation Consultants

Tina Brenner, RN, IBCLC
6137 Green Road, Haslett, MI 48840
P (517) 339-3038
Alt P (517) 282-4399
I am an RN and a Lactation Consultant working in private practice making home visits to breastfeeding families postpartum. I also teach prenatal breastfeeding classes in groups or privately at home.

Massage Therapists

Jodi Wiley
P  (517)256-1259

Midwives and Birth Centers

The Greenhouse Birth Center
Clarice Winkler, RN, BS, CNM
1831 Newman Road
Okemos, MI  48846
P (517)349-2620


Alliance Obstetrics/Gynecologists
1560 Turf Lane
East Lansing, MI 48823
P (517) 484-3000

Alliance Obstetrics and Gynecology provides a full spectrum of health care for women, offering complete obstetrical care. Serving patients from adolescence through menopause and beyond, we take a partnership approach to healthcare, working with our patients on the premise that equal participation in the decision making process leads to optimal health.

Amanda Shoemaker, MD | Jami Newman, MD | Lisa Ludwig, MD
Sparrow Medical Group
1200 E Michigan Ave, Suite 325
Lansing, MI 48912
P (517) 364-5160


Directions Studios Photography
Tiffany West
P (517)420-5831

Specializing in birth and maternity photography.

JCarlynn Photography
P (517) 333-3375

East Lansing Boutique Portrait Artist.  Specializing in fine art portraits of newborns, children and seniors.

Yoga Instructors