Minnesota BIPOC Providers
Jennifer Almanza is a Xicana midwife who provides relationship centered care that supporters client agency and autonomy. Offering evidence based information coupled with shared decision-making, she encourages clients to take charge of their own health.
Diane Banigo is an illustrious doctorate prepared African American Nurse Midwife and owner of iFOB from St. Paul, Minnesota. Her goal is to engineer hope while re-engineering expectations to improve health outcomes for pregnant US-born AA moms and families. iFOB designs healthy communities where ALL can thrive EQUITABLY. As the Director & Project Manager of D.I.V.A. Moms, a culturally reflective pre and postnatal community-based program for US-born African 6ygvbn American moms at Minnesota Community Care; she speaks out for communities with the worst birth-related disparities by advocating for culturally safe, harm-free, and culturally congruent care. She also moonlights at Willow Midwives Birth Center with families desiring an out of hospital birth experience. In practice, she enjoys getting to know each family personally and help them actively engage in their care and community. Diane passionately supports people from all walks of life but feels that it is critical to give and be a voice for the voiceless. It gives her great joy to be in a space and partner with other change agents and future leaders.
Toni Estis provides full-scope midwifery care at Minnesota Community Care and catch babies at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She values providing well rounded, respectful, safe care for women through the shared decision making and evidence-based care. Partnering with and being with women as they move through incredibly intimate times in their lives is what is most rewarding to her.
Lois Cannon provides full-scope midwifery care at HealthPartners. As a midwife, I help care for women from puberty to menopause. I’m especially interested in preventive care, prenatal care, labor, delivery and family planning. I have worked in women’s health care since the beginning of my nursing career, and I fell in love with the profession of midwifery when I worked with (and was cared for by) HealthPartners nurse midwives. I love every aspect of my job. Being able to promote healthy women, mothers and babies in a way that nurtures, educates, honors and supports the entire person and family is very rewarding.
Sakeena Futrell-Carter is passionate about empowering women by educating them about their health and supporting them through the natural and sometimes complex processes of life.
Fernanda is a Certified Nurse-Midwife with many years of experience in women’s care. She is committed to providing culturally sensitive and respectful care to all her patients and their families.
Vida Kent provides care for all women with a particular interest in the adolescents/teens and women going into their perimenopausal years. Vida’s approach to midwifery focuses on giving patients options that are holistic and natural in their pregnancy and labor.
I am committed to providing full-scope midwifery care to women in a compassionate, individualized, and sensitive manner. I believe that building relationships creates space for women to be empowered to take control of their physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health.”
Dominique has worked in the social services field, providing case management services to adults, children, and families prior to returning to school to become a nurse-midwife. She completed her Master of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees at the University of Minnesota. Dominique is passionate about providing care that encourages meaningful engagement, respect, and self-advocacy. She enjoys partnering with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds to improve health outcomes.
Susannah Okutoro-Ketter is a firm believer in a holistic approach to the safe delivery of women’s health care. As a midwife, she believes in supporting each woman as a whole in every aspect of her life. Her mantra when laboring with a woman is to allow nature to take its course and intervene only when necessary.
Rebecca is a practicing midwife and the owner and director of Roots Community Birth Center. She has a passion for building the Roots community and creating a safe space for all birthing families. She has been in practice as a midwife since 2011 and involved in professional birth work for over a decade. She loves providing nurturing grounding care. She and her husband have 3 children, 2 of whom were born at home. She loves horses, her dog and reading.
Lexy is a Certified Nurse Midwife originally from Saint Paul, MN who is excited to be crossing the river to join Roots. She recently graduated from Frontier Nursing University. As an RN she worked in women’s medical-surgical, postpartum, well-baby nursery, and labor and delivery. She is passionate about patient education, evidence-based care, and partnering with women across the lifespan. She loves hiking, canoeing, running, baked goods, and spending time with friends and family.
Kaitlin Anderson is a Korean-adoptee who provides full-scope midwifery care at HealthPartners Clinics and attends births at Regions Hospital. She has experience and training in both out-of-hospital birth center birth and in hospital births. Kaitlin strives to provide compassionate care while empowering individuals to engage in their healthcare decisions. As an IBCLC, she also provides lactation care for individuals in need of breastfeeding/chest-feeding support.
Faisa Abdi-Omar is a Somali speaking CNM who practices at Minnesota Community Care in St. Paul. Faisa is committed to woman-centered care and understanding of the impact a birth experience can have on a woman. She has a passion for helping patients safely achieve their ideal birth and supporting them as leaders in their healthcare.
I am a certified nurse-midwife with interests in pregnancy, prenatal care, women’s health, contraception, trial of labor after Cesarean (TOLAC) and vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC). I catch babies at The Mother Baby Center in Coon Rapids, MN.
Hometown: Born in Somalia and raised in Minneapolis.
My practice philosophy is: Provide high-quality care that is competent, compassionate and ethical. I strive to provide care that is holistic and honors the normalcy of women’s life-cycle events. I believe in partnering with women and their families through shared decision-making and informed consent to achieve optimal well-being.
I am passionate about: Women and their health by empowering them to take charge of their health and life.
As a community midwife, I am rooted in, involved in, and a member of the community I serve. I believe in welcoming and celebrating all people and meeting people where they’re at. I believe that cultural differences and lived experiences are assets to one’s identity, existence, and health, and those aspects of your life should be understood and celebrated by your midwife. I believe in trust and true connection between a birthing family and their provider, and deeply trust in the processes of the families I work with. It is important to me to hold space for my families to be who they are, truly and authentically, and to provide individualized care to every single family I work with.
I respect the power of birth. I believe that a person’s ability to birth unhindered, on their own terms, is one of the most powerful processes a person can ever experience. I view birth as a rite of passage, and believe every parent should leave that passage feeling empowered and confident in themselves as parents and as human beings. My biggest priority as a community midwife is to serve my community with love, compassion, and integrity.
Dr. LaVonne Moore has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, is a Certified Nurse Midwife & Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
She practices at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center and is owner of Chosen Vessels Midwifery Services and “The Chocolate Milk Club” a culturally specific service of Chosen Vessels Midwifery Services that provides breastfeeding education and support for African American women. Her goal is to use the midwife model of care to inspire all women to breastfeed and support all those that do because she believes that good health begins with breastfeeding.