Merrilynn Artman, CNM, MS

Merrilynn Artman
Together with Boulder Women’s Care, I created Boulder Nurse Midwives in 2007 in order to offer women a Nurse-Midwifery option in Boulder County. My education includes Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Political Science and Women’s Studies conferred in 1991. I received my Nursing Degree from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado in 1995 and then went on to complete my Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery from the University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center in 2001. I practiced for one year on the Western Slope with a private practice and have spent the past five years working for the People’s Clinic in Boulder, Colorado. I can communicate comfortably in Spanish and enjoy traveling to other countries and learning about other cultures. I have a very loving and supportive husband and two beautiful boys who I immensely enjoy mothering. Midwifery is a passion and caring for women is a privilege.

Kala Kluender, CNM, MS

Kala Kluender

Hello all! I am so proud to be a midwife and honored to work with women and their families - thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey. Originally from Minnesota, I attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison where my varied interests resulted in a double major in Kinesiology and the History of Medicine as well as a minor in Women's Studies. It was there that I was introduced to midwives and their model of care. After a study abroad program in the Dominican Republic, several jobs and volunteer opportunities, and an internship with a home birth midwife, I felt a strong call to become a midwife myself. I went to the Yale School of Nursing for my formal education in nursing and midwifery, while also working as a nurse in a Community Health Center. As a newcomer to Boulder, I enjoy exploring the area and getting to know this beautiful community on the trails and at the farmers' markets. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Boulder Nurse Midwives team and look forward to meeting you soon!

Sarit Schneider, CNM, MS

Sarit Schneider

Hi, I'm Sarit and I'm so happy to rejoin Boulder Nurse Midwives after a year away. It is great to be back serving the Boulder community. In addition to my previous work with Boulder Nurse Midwives, I have practiced midwifery for three years in an out-of-hospital birthing center. I have a deep appreciation for natural birth and the transformation families go through throughout the entire pregnancy.

My husband and I moved to Boulder from Maryland in 2004 and I graduated from Frontier Nursing University with my Master's in nurse-midwifery in 2007. In my spare time I love to run, swim and garden. We are also part of a co-op farm and help to care for 50 chickens and 4 milking goats. We recently experienced the great transition to parenthood through adoption. Our daughter, Bria, was born in December of 2012 and has been a huge blessing in our lives.

Welcome to Boulder Nurse Midwives and I look forward to meeting you!

Nicole Lassiter, CNM, MS

Nicole Lassiter

As a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women's Health Nurse-Practitioner for 8 years, I have been privileged to give full-scope midwifery care in diverse settings from freestanding birth centers to high-risk labor and delivery units, where I have delivered babies from New York to Washington, and Tennessee to Guatemala.  I taught at Vanderbilt Medical School and am nearing my fifth year at Frontier Nursing University where I now teach pharmacology and clinical skills to nurse-midwifery and nurse-practitioner students.  As a graduate of the University of Virginia, and with master's degrees in nursing from Case Western Reserve and Frontier Nursing University, I enjoy helping new midwives prepare for their national certification exams. I also contribute publications and peer reviews for my profession's evidence-based journal. In my free time I swim, cycle, dance, meditate, enjoy my friends and the mountains, and spend time with my family.

At this sacred time in your life, as your pregnancy develops and your baby grows, and you move through labor and birth, we will make new discoveries together - about you and your family, your body, your health, your needs, and the people who are with you at this special time.  You may feel a range of emotions from vulnerability to empowerment, and face challenges that will test and reward you. We will share this with you and give you support as you bring your child into this world.

I consider myself very privileged to be a part of this unique and special practice at Boulder Nurse Midwives, where, as a midwife, I will use my skills, compassion, and knowledge to support you and provide you with care, information, and tools to help give you a safe and deeply satisfying experience.

Susan Mitchell, CNM, MS

Susan Mitchell

Hello! I am incredibly happy to be the newest midwife with BNM. My history with the practice began 5 years ago when I chose BNM for care in my first pregnancy. Shortly after my son was born, I began working for the practice as a RN. I have always desired to be a midwife: my experience with BNM, both as a client and as a staff member, confirmed this wholeheartedly.

Birth has always been my passion. Prior to pursuing midwifery, I also worked as a labor and delivery nurse for 6 years and taught childbirth education. I have a BA from CU, a BSN from the Medical University of South Carolina, and a MSN from Frontier Nursing University.

I live in Boulder with my husband and two children. My children are my proudest life accomplishments and my inspiration in serving women and their families. My hope for each woman I work with is that she walks away from her pregnancy and birth experience feeling supported, empowered, and proud.

I look forward to being a part of your birth journey!

Erin Crawley, CNM, MS

Erin Crawley

Hello everyone! I'm Erin and I am so excited to be joining the ladies of Boulder Nurse Midwives. I received my BSN at CU, then moved to the western slope where I lived for three years and married my high school sweetheart. Our lives took a quick detour to Flagstaff, AZ for a year before returning home to Colorado. I recently obtained my MSN from University of Cincinnati through a distance education program in which I had the privilege of attending births on a reservation in Arizona and an out-of-hospital birth center in Colorado. It has been an incredible journey and I've loved every minute of it!

I've spent the last decade of my life supporting women in labor and birth. I have learned women are powerful beings, capable of birthing without technology or instruction. I believe in a midwifery model that is woman-centered, evidenced-based, and encourages empowerment through shared decision making. I consider it an honor to accompany women and their families through this beautiful time.

When I'm not catching babies, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dogs. We love to play outside! I also enjoy cooking, traveling, reading and creating. I look forward to caring for you and becoming a part of the Boulder community!

Lindsey Rudolph, MS, APRN, FNP-C

Lindsey Rudolph

I adore and greatly respect the women of Boulder Nurse Midwives, and am so honored to be a part of a group of such absolutely amazing women that provide such compassionate, supportive, wholistic care to the women and families in our community.

My educational journey includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida and a Master of Science from University of Colorado's Family Nurse Practitioner Program. I have nine years of nursing experience and have had the privilege of being a part of many families' births for over five years as a labor and delivery nurse at Boulder Community Hospital's Family Birth Center. There I had the opportunity to work side by side with the midwives of Boulder Nurse Midwives, feel the power and grace of the birth experience, and provide mamas and families with compassionate, individualized women- centered care during the birth process.

Every woman is unique, every pregnancy is unique and my intention is to support every woman and family with care that is unique and empowering. As a labor and delivery nurse, I have supported women though the natural birth process as well as through interventions as desired or appropriate for each unique birth process. As a postpartum nurse, I have gained experience with caring for families after birth and providing support for challenges that may arise after birth including mood changes, postpartum depression, and breastfeeding concerns. I have extensive lactation education through the Baby-Friendly Breastfeeding program and am committed to supporting mamas and babies with breastfeeding services.

Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) and Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) are first and foremost nurses. We believe in a compassionate, wholistic and preventative approach to health and wellness, and view birth as a facet of your health and wellness.

I would be honored to care for you and your family and look forward to being a part of your journey in birth, health and wellness.