Since 2006, we have supported over a thousand families as they birthed their babies.


Kate Hartwell, CPM, NHCM

Kate Hartwell is a New Hampshire licensed midwife and a nationally Certified Professional Midwife. She has attended hundreds of births since 2007 in diverse settings - home, birth center and hospital. Pregnancy and birth are statistically low-risk and require little or no medical intervention, and she is skilled at recognizing when intervention is necessary. Kate gives time and attention to clients' questions and concerns during clinic and home visits. Her emphasis is on educating, identifying and preventing problems, allowing families to make their own informed decisions regarding care.

Cindy Owen, CPM, NHCM


Cindy has been attending births since 1999, and received her license in 2004. She graduated from Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgton, ME and apprenticed with several home birth midwives, a birthing center in Texas, and a Family Practice, then in 2010 joined the Concord Birth Center. Cindy completed a year long Herbal apprenticeship in 1996 and uses natural healing methods in her midwifery practice. She has a good background in nutrition and breastfeeding support. Cindy lives with her family on 140 acres of conservation woodlands and fields. She and her husband have 6 adult children out in the world, and a teenage daughter at home. Cindy enjoys fiber arts, gardening, and homesteading.

The birth center provided me with an incredible experience throughout pregnancy and the delivery of my first born. I felt genuinely cared for and a sense of belonging throughout my time in Kate and Cindy’s care and do not know quite how to repay them for providing me with the sacred birth experience I had dreamt of for years. Yes, yes, one hundred times—yes. Deepest thanks.
— Blaire Bouldry

OUr Assistant midwives


Bryn Munroe has been assisting Kate and Cindy since 2013, and is currently finalizing her requirements for midwifery certification through the National Association of Registered Midwives, expected in the summer of 2018. She offers placenta encapsulation services to birth center clients. She gave birth to her son at the birth center in 2016.

Birth Center Staff


Jennifer "Jenny" Sue Mallard is the Birth Center and River Guild office manager. She has a robust career background which includes intense training in the performing arts. You can see her on stage with the Seacoast Repertory Theatre Company as well as other production companies in Southern New Hampshire. She brings with her a gift for connection and a loving energy that is contagious.