AS MIDWIVES WE HOLD THE TRUST OF EACH WOMAN WHO COMES TO US FOR CARE, AND IT IS OUR HONOR AND RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP HER ACHIEVE THE BIRTH THAT SHE DESIRES. WE SUPPORT OUR MAMAS WITH EDUCATION NOT ONLY ON PREGNANCY BUT HEALTHY LIFESTYLE BEHAVIORS THAT SUPPORT PHYSIOLOGIC BIRTH. WE GUIDE WOMEN IN THEIR JOURNEYS WITH DIET, EXERCISE, SUPPLEMENTS, STRESS REDUCTION, SLEEP AND OTHER LIFESTYLE INTERVENTIONS.
Tracy is a Board Certified Nurse Midwife. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. After graduation she spent a year in labor delivery as a bedside RN and then took a job at Cincinnati Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Tracy spent 13 years taking care of premature infants before pursing her career in women's health. Tracy graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017 with her Master's Degree in Nursing. With a big heart for women and infant services Tracy is an advocate for midwives practicing in the hospital setting and has been an active team player in bringing Midwifery services to Banner Estrella.
Tracy is passionate about health and wellness. She believes in supporting women throughout the stages of their life. She feels that early education on the importance of nutrition, exercise, and spirituality can optimize health and wellness. Tracy is committed to caring for women by collaborating with other health care professionals to provide education, preventative health care services, preconception counseling, disease recognition and treatment, thereby improving overall health and wellness to women through an individualized plan of care that meets the cultural and spiritual needs of each individual woman.
Tracy is married and has two teen daughters. Tracy enjoys hiking, running, crossfit, and spending time with her friends and family. She has advanced certification as a L-2 Crossfit Trainer and is a BirthFIt Professional.Tracy is actively involved in improving maternal and neonatal outcomes globally through her work with the Helping Babies and Mothers Survive campaign.
Hear more about Tracy on the Forging Fury Podcast!
Britt Michie has been a Women’s health nurse practitioner since 2001 delivering maternity care and women’s health throughout the lifespan. She has been with Estrella Women's Health Center since 2005. In 2015 she began course work with the Institute for Functional Medicine and the Kresser Institute for Functional Medicine. She is now completing her post masters certificate in midwifery to join the rest of the midwives of Modern Day in 2020. Britt has nursing background in ICU, Neurology, Antepartum, and in Labor and Delivery. She has worked in Missouri, Denver, San Francisco and Phoenix.
Britt is married and has 2 school age children. Her fitness routine involves Crossfit, walking, and keeping up with 2 active kids . She is a Level 1 CrossFit trainer and has attended Birthfit Professional seminar.
Britt is passionate about empowering women to care for their bodies with good nutrition, sleep, exercise, and positive lifestyle choices. She strongly believes in root cause medicine and the connection between lifestyle and disease. She strives to spend time with each of her patients to listen and learn about their health concerns. Her decision to pursue further education is to broaden her scope of practice so that she may help each expectant mother understand their body and their place of power in their own birth experience.Nothing makes her happier than seeing the mother with her new infant in her arms.
Michaela is a certified nurse midwife who has been practicing in the Phoenix metro area since 2016. Michaela obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Seattle University in 2007. Through ROTC, she earned a commission in the United States Army and spent three years in Landstuhl, Germany working primarily with soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. After returning from a 6-month tour to Iraq, Michaela began working on a mother-baby unit and discovered a passion for helping moms and babies learn to breastfeed. She became a certified lactation counselor in 2012.
While in the military, Michaela was introduced to the role of the nurse-midwife and realized that it was the perfect way to turn her love for bedside nursing and teaching into the field of advanced practice and do what she had always dreamed of doing, being with women through pregnancy and the births of their babies. Michaela trained with the midwives at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix and earned her Masters of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University in 2016.
Michaela is a believer in supporting the normal processes of womanhood throughout the lifespan, pregnancy, and birth. She feels that women deserve complete health care that is unique to them. She enjoys building relationships, providing support, and education. Michaela is also passionate about Natural Family Planning (NFP) for women who desire to learn more about their body’s natural health, fertility signs, and achieve or avoid pregnancy through evidence based methods. One of Michaela’s future goals is to obtain the Creighton Fertility Care Practitioner certification.
Michaela and her husband have lived in the west valley since 2011 and have four, almost 5, young children. Michaela enjoys travel, hiking, and hobby photography.
Anna’s deep appreciation and passion for midwifery care started while pregnant with her first child. After experiencing the compassionate, holistic, evidence-based care from midwives, she felt the strong calling to become a midwife herself and provide comprehensive women’s healthcare to women and their families in Phoenix, Arizona.
Anna has worked in the healthcare field for 10 years. First, as a certified nursing assistant. She then obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Arizona State University and worked as a registered nurse. As she journeyed through motherhood, the calling to midwifery grew stronger and gained employment with a free-standing birth center. There, the seeds of midwifery care continued to cultivate. She researched programs to obtain her midwifery training and chose the prestigious dual program at Georgetown University. It was here, Anna obtained her Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in midwifery and women’s healthcare.
Anna’s faith in God drives her to want to love and care for others to the best of her ability. Through this, Anna recognizes menarche, pregnancy, birth and menopause as natural developmental processes of the woman’s lifespan. She deeply desires to provide women and families respectful and compassionate care, they will feel empowered by. She is excited and grateful to apply her rigorous training and education from Georgetown University as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She considers it a privilege and honor to work alongside the gifted, and well-rounded Modern Day Midwives team at Estrella Women’s Health Center.
Karline is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner who received a Master’s of Nursing degree at Georgetown University. Prior to becoming a nurse-practitioner, Karline was a labor and delivery and postpartum nurse for five years at Wyoming Medical Center, which provided her the opportunity to blossom under the guidance of an amazing, dedicated team of doctors and nurses who worked to support a rural population. Through these experiences, Karline was able to learn where her passions were and discovered her ‘Why?’: Serving women through every stage of life, and to assist in bringing beautiful, healthy babies into the world. She has a mission to empower and educate women to take control of their health, as well as uplift and embrace adolescents about gynecologic and obstetric health as they navigate and grow into adult-life. She believes in listening to women, trusting their bodies, and encouraging holistic health in mind, body, and spirit.
Karline loves to be outdoors soaking up sunshine by hiking with her husband, spending time with friends and family, finding awesome treasures at thrift shops, journaling, listening to podcasts, and drinking lots of coffee! She is incredibly excited to be a part of the amazing team at Estrella Women’s Health Center and looks forward to caring for you and your family’s needs.
As Midwives we are committed to preventative healthcare, informed decision making, shared decision making, empowering our patients, establishing trusting relationships, and building strong families. We aim to do this by blending traditional obstetric care with group prenatal classes that cover prenatal exercise and nutrition, common pregnancy concerns, changing roles, prepared childbirth, breastfeeding, and the postpartum period. We are committed to establishing good community based resources for mental health services, lactation, fitness, nutrition, and chiropractic/PT care during pregnancy. We are excited to share our passion and love for Women's Health Services with you.
Should a medical or surgical intervention be needed in your birth, the brilliant and talented physicians of Estrella Women's Health Center are here to help.
Dr. Florian Walter
Dr. Raj Rathee
Dr. Jordan Oland
Dr. Sarah Colwell
9930 W. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85037
35 North Estrella Parkway
Goodyear, AZ 85338
9201 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85037
As experts in health, nutrition, exercise, and family planning, it is best to start preparing your body before you are even pregnant. Please come see us to talk about what you can do now to give your future it's best start.
When you do get pregnant, we walk with you through your whole pregnancy and can help support you through your body's changes, the joys, and the discomforts.
Midwives support healthy, low-risk, physiologic birth.
Labor and birth are a transformative journey in a woman's life that we only get to go through a handful of times.
Our job is to support you in your desired birth experience, whether that means you want unmedicated or an epidural, and help guide you and your baby safely through birth.
Our care doesn't stop after birth.
We are also able to care for your well woman needs across the lifespan for annual exams, family planning, and common health conditions.
We love to watch your family grow.
We have @BIRTHFIT postpartum fitness classes available for sign up that run on 4 weeks sessions. See below for details.
Also a weekly FREE postpartum support group for women in the postpartum period with children under age one.
We are thrilled to offer our patients exclusive childbirth education classesBIRTH PREP and access to @BIRTHFIT programming for exercise in pregnancy and postpartum.
In BIRTH PREP we will dive into what to expect during labor, how to prepare for labor, comfort measures, and interventions. You will leave this class feeling excited, informed, and ready to welcome your sweet baby into the world!
And BIRTHFIT is a journey of reconnecting with your body and spirit after pregnancy. We also welcome pregnant patients.
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