Birth Workers


The following is meant to be a comprehensive list of Athens area birth workers, and is in no way intended to endorse any particular provider. If you are seeking recommendations, we suggest you attend a Birth Circle meeting and ask attendees for input.


Michele Biddlestone BS, IBCLC
Offering breastfeeding consultations as well as Breastfeeding 101 and Breastfeeding for Working Mothers classes monthly.
OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital


Ebb & Flow Lactation Services

Julie Gladney, BS, LPN, IBCLC, RLC



Holzer Gallipolis

Breastfeeding Class – Third Tuesday of the month
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Holzer Gallipolis – Conference Rooms ABC


La Leche League

Cassie Meek, 740-707-2519 (Athens county)
Sherri (740) 274-0835 (Athens county)
Jackie (740) 590-9994 (Athens County)
Jennifer (740) 645-3269 (Jackson area)
Charla (740) 416-9133 (Middleport area)

La Leche League Facebook page


Liz Tompkins

Lactation Consultant at Holzer



WIC – breastfeeding peer counselors


The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth
We teach you how to be healthy and low risk, using relaxation for labor and your birth partner as your “coach.”
Holly Poulson, AAHCC
Marietta, OH
740-376-0446 or

Esali Birth
Childbirth Education, Local & Online Classes, Workshops & Seminars, Monthly [free] Breastfeeding Café. Information & Support for Every Beautiful Birth from Home to Hospital.
Danielle Bergum
Parkersburg & Ravenswood, WV
304-482-4729, 304-273-4190 or

Holistic Birth
Provides multiple levels of birth education, from consultations to workshops to on-going class series. Designed to support all mothers, regardless of both their location and/or preferences.
Laura Post
Athens, OH
740.594.YOGA or;

Lamaze® Childbirth Classes

Let your body guide you through labor, no matter where or how you choose to birth! Includes education on breastfeeding and newborn care. Courses monthly; private classes and income-based assistance available. Rachel Szostek Athens, OH 765-977-3817,,

O’Bleness Memorial Hospital Childbirth Classes

Childbirth Education: Understanding Birth eClassLearn from your PC! An online class for expectant parents to use from the comfort of home. Covers pregnancy, labor, comfort techniques, birth and newborn care. Self-paced with interactive activities. Available for 45 days after receiving class code.

Register by phone: (614) 4-HEALTH

OhioHealth: $75 / couple


Crysta Bourdon, Doula
Marietta, OH
740-568-0134 or


Kailyn Browning, SBD

Certified Stillbirthday Doula


Support for birth in any trimester and support in any outcome.


Lauren Genter, Doula and Monitrice

Athens, Ohio



Catherine Lachman, Postpartum Doula
Athens, Ohio


Melanie Linscott, DONA Birth Doula-in-Training
(740) 448-7415 or (740) 590-6716


Laura Post, Doula
Athens, OH
740-594-YOGA or;


Rachel Szostek, (DONA)

Athens, OH 765-977-3817


Jackie Warmke, CD(DONA)
Athens, OH


Catherine Lachman, DONA Birth Doula-in-Training
(740) 592-9636 , (740)856-9565


Hannah Stewart, toLabor Professional Birth Doula

Athens County, Ohio

(614) 361-7365


Katrina C. Velempini, DONA Doula in training
Athens, Ohio


Erica Andrews, DEM
Laughing Moon Midwifery
217 Columbus Rd. Athens Ohio, by appointment
Holistic, mother-centered homebirth care in Athens, Ohio and surrounding areas.
Visit to learn more.

Sue Campbell, CNM, 740-589-3139

Hospital births in Athens and Gallipolis; sees patients at Holzer Clinic in Athens.


Lauren Genter, student midwife

Assisting with home births in the Athens area. Over 10 years experience.



Angelita Nixon, CNM
Full scope midwifery specializing in homebirth and water birth, VBACs supported.
304-757-9006 or


Marlene Waechter, CPM
D. Livery Services specializing in homebirth, VBACs, twins, waterbirths, hospital doula or monitrice.
740-710-1218 or


Piper Woods
Over 30 years of experience helping families with homebirth, prenatal care, childbirth classes and breastfeeding.
740-698-6243 or 740-590-0730


Athens, OH

  • Holzer Clinic, 740-589-3139

Catherine Coats, DO

Dennis Merski, DO

Laurel A. Kirkhart, MD  (delivering in Gallipolis only)

  • Athens Medical Associates, LLC (formerly River Rose OB/GYN), 740-594-8819

Kathleen Bertuna, DO

Jane Broeker, MD

Jody Gerome, DO

Jack Chan, DO (prenatal only, not delivering)

Michael Clark, DO (prenatal only, not delivering)

Jack Ramey, D.O. (prenatal only, not delivering)

Lancaster, OH

  • Fairfield OB/GYN and Associates, 740-653-9411

James Guenther, D.O.

  • OB/GYN Associates of Lancaster, Inc., 740-653-5088

Laurel J Santino, M.D.

Sarah L Froman, M.D.

Brian Leve, M.D.

Sheri Dodds, CNP

  • J Scott Delong, M.D., 740-687-2229
  • Paul E. Detty, M.D., 740-653-5959

Logan, OH

  • Hocking Valley Medical Group 740-385-9614
    • Dr. John Waltz
    • Amanda Davis, NP

Marietta, OH

  • Marietta Gynecologic Associates, 740-374-3622
    • Curtis D. White, M.D.
    • Warren L. Cooper, M.D.
    • Todd R. Myers, M.D.
    • M. Paula Galupo, M.D.

Parkersburg, WV

  • Parkersburg Gynecologic Associates, 304-424-2035
    • Michael Shockley, M.D.
  • Curtis White, D.O., 740-423-3222
  • Lisa Casalenuevo, D.O. 304-424-2165
  • Womencare Associates, 304-424-2088
    • Thomas Durnell, M.D..
  • Heather Irvin, M.D. 304-865-5065
  • Peter Filozof, M.D., 304-485-2387

Sharing Practitioner Feedback

There are several options about giving feedback when you don’t receive the kind of care you would like for yourself or your baby.  Some options include, but are not limited to:

— If your caregiver is a nurse, you might be able to ask to talk with her directly, perhaps with your partner present and a colleague of the person’s present as well.  You could also contact the nurse manager of the hospital’s labor and delivery unit.

— If your caregiver is a practitioner, you might talk with him or her directly, perhaps with your partner present and a colleague of the person’s present as well.  You could also follow up with the practice at which the practitioner works.  If you don’t feel that the situation has been resolved, you can let the state medical board know.  For more information in Ohio, go to  In West Virginia go to

— If your caregiver is a midwife, you might talk with her directly, perhaps with your partner present and a colleague of the person’s present as well. If you don’t feel that the situation has been resolved, you can alert your state’s midwifery organization. For Ohio, see

Of course, you can always vote with your feet and not return to a practitioner.  If you want to continue to be seen by the other practitioners at a practice, you might choose to remain with a practice but refuse to be seen by a particular care provider.  However, working with the person and his or her colleagues and the boards who certify a practitioner provides more thorough input and feedback to the larger community about possible care concerns.