Birth Center in Missoula, MT

At The Birth Center, we want you to feel at home. On this page, you'll find information about our staff.  We strive to offer you the experience and knowledge that you would expect from a caring midwifery practice along with a responsive attitude that will put you at ease.

  • Jeanne Hebl, C.N.M.

    My midwifery career began upon graduation from the University of California, San Francisco General Hospital in 1985. North Central Bronx Hospital in the Bronx, New York, was my first introduction to a long-standing, reputable midwifery service that mainly served the indigent population of the area. My subsequent career experiences include 3 years in Ethiopia, Africa, as a CNM nurse consultant. My main position included training the local nurses to enable them to train the traditional birth attendants (TBA) in their respective languages in a culturally sensitive manner. Following Africa, I relocated to Whitefish, Montana to work at the County Health Department in Kalispell and North Valley Hospital in Whitefish. I also spent 3 years in Browning at the Indian Health Hospital. In 1994, I relocated to Missoula, Montana. After many years in practice assisting births at Community Medical Center, I joined Dr. Lynn Montgomery and participated in the development of the first birth center in Missoula.

    Following the closure of Dr. Montgomery's Birth Center in 2009 due to his passing, I opened another Birth Center to follow in the tradition and vision that both Dr. Montgomery and I shared. My expertise includes caring for women throughout pregnancy, birth, and post-partum. I'm an advocate of natural childbirth and also believe that women should have the option to take charge of their pregnancies and births according to their individual desires. My goal is to empower women by offering unbiased information while presenting options. My passion is to support women and their families through their pregnancies and births. I'm also skilled in well-women annual exams, birth control options, and peri and post-menopausal care. I feel honored to be able to provide an alternative birthing option for the women and families of Missoula.

  • Nichole Loran, C.N.M

    I have a deep respect for women, their families, and their choices regarding birth and believe that choice is a fundamental right of all childbearing families. I believe that childbirth can be an empowering and transformative experience and has the opportunity to strengthen families and therefore communities. I am particularly interested in complementary and alternative medicine for women’s health and have been working to expand my knowledge of these areas. 

    I have worked with Jeanne Hebl since March of 2012, starting as a second attendant at births. I completed my Master’s degree at Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky, training as a Nurse Midwife under Jeanne, and graduated in 2014. In 2017, I completed an internship as a Registered Midwife in British Columbia, Canada. I also have 10 years of experience as a Nursery Intensive Care Unit registered nurse in Montana, California, and Hawaii. Years ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with a midwife in San Marcos, Guatemala in support of indigenous midwives as well as helping out at the Clinica Naturista, as I am also fluent in Spanish. 

    I have a son who was born in 2015 and our little family generally spends much of the summer months out in the mountains. Our son has already expressed a love of fishing, though neither of us have much experience, we find ourselves preparing for this newfound hobby. We are passionate about growing organic gardens and consider access to healthy food and clean water to be a basic human right.

  • Kathy Crowley-Haywood, RN

    I joined the Birth Center staff in 2013 and what I love most about the Birth Center is the continuity of care that is found here, as well as our smaller size and accessibility to the providers. I truly enjoy working with women and their families and hope that you will find your visits here to be a positive experience. I believe in the midwifery model we follow here at the Birth Center as a method for safe, thorough care in a calm and nurturing environment. All women deserve a healthy, educated, and empowered pregnancy (and beyond) and it is my goal to help you achieve that. 

    In 1993, I came to Montana as a transfer college student after crossing the country multiple times and deciding that Missoula was the place for me. I originally attended UM for Wildlife Biology and graduated in 1995. Over time, I shifted my attention to raising my two young sons and my experiences with them prompted me to return to school to pursue a second degree in Nursing. I completed my R.N. in 2012 and have since become a Certified Lactation Counselor. My professional passions include lactation and breastfeeding; obstetrics; nutrition and food security; public health; and women’s issues.

    In my free time, I am usually found outdoors with my husband and two sons enjoying Western Montana. My hobbies include kayaking, paddle-boarding, hiking, biking, and skiing.

    If I can help you please feel free to call me at 406.541.7115 or email me at [email protected] If you are considering the Birth Center for your prenatal care I invite you to come for a “Meet & Greet” so we can give you a tour and answer any questions you may have. There is no obligation or cost in exploring your options and we look forward to the opportunity to meet you.

  • Jessi

    I am a graduate of the University of Montana, Missoula College, where I majored in Arts and Science. 

    In August of 2020 I was able to join the Birth Center as a newly graduated nurse. Prior to this exciting opportunity, I worked in the Saint Patrick Hospital Family Maternity Center. 

    Two of my greatest interests in life are pregnancy and breastfeeding. Being able to actually work with people experiencing both of these journeys is amazing to me. 

    I live in Missoula with my husband (who may have delivered your UPS boxes), my two rapidly growing daughters, two awkward dogs, two taciturn cats, and two of the cutest rats ever. 

    When I’m not in clinic or being an impromptu home-school teacher, you can find me hiking, knitting, sometimes even hiking and knitting, or reading something post-apocalyptic.

  • Barbra Hardy

    Barbra is our Financial Coordinator she has been with our office since April 2014.

  • Barbara S. Smith, LM/CPM

    My Story.... I grew up as the second of six children on a farm, in a small mountain town in the Austrian Alps, located southeast of Salzburg.

    After graduating from an agriculture and nutrition focused high school, I studied for a year in nutrition and biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria.  While there, my interest and passion about birth grew steadily stronger. I was thrilled when the word came that I was accepted into the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna where I began my study of midwifery in earnest. It was a highly competitive program that included didactic work, clinical experience and a rigorous qualifying exam. I graduated with a degree in midwifery in 2007.

    One of the many reasons I was drawn to midwifery was a desire to help women all over the world give birth.  After my clinical hospital studies in Vienna I had the opportunity to live and work in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa in a small jungle town called Tshumbe. While there, I served many women as their midwife in a local birth center. I also successfully opened a nutritional center for infants and children where we fed more than twenty infants and children a day and taught about nutrition and child care. These women taught me to receive the gift of life with an open heart, and they helped me learn that it is easier to find joy when you have less. I also learned that I can trust myself as a midwife and that helping women give birth is my passion and my gift.

    It was in the jungles of Congo where I met my husband. Our journey together brought us to Billings, MT in 2012 where we were blessed with two children of our own. In Billings, I began working with Katrina LM, CPM at First Breath Midwifery Care where we served women at home births and at the birth center there. I received my Montana Midwife Licensure in the year 2016. I loved working with Katrina and serving the woman in Billings, but our journey moved us forward. In June of 2017, we moved to Missoula, MT and although my locations have changed, my passion about childbirth and woman-centered care has not. I love learning from every single woman and family. It makes me humble and fills my heart with joy, to have the honor to travel with every family during this precious part of their life.  As a midwife, my job is to honor and protect your birth and witness the normal process and correct any deviation from normal to make sure you and your family are getting the safest place to birth your family your way.

  • Erin

    Erin is originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, where she completed her nursing degree in 2012 (University of Virginia). Her first job after nursing school was at a small birth center in Texas, where she was introduced to midwifery care and fell in love with the field of women's health. Following her time at the birth center, she worked as a hospice nurse, caring for people approaching a very different life transition. However, it wasn't long before she was pulled back to birth work and began working as a birth doula, childbirth and breastfeeding educator, and postpartum group facilitator. She had her own babies in 2016 and 2019, which further cemented her desire to pursue a midwifery career. As a student midwife, Erin spent most of her clinical time learning from Jeanne, Nichole, and the rest of the birth center team. She graduated from Frontier Nursing University in January 2021 with her MSN. Though Erin spends most of her time working at Roots Birth & Women's Health, she is excited to join the birth center staff as a part-time Certified Nurse Midwife. When she's not working, Erin loves cooking, exploring trails by foot, bike, or ski, and camping with her family.

  • Stephanie

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