Minnesota Indigenous & Midwives of Color
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.
Lexy Millet is passionate about patient education, evidence-based care, and partnering with women across the lifespan. 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.
Hiba Sharif is a Somali speaking CNM who is passionate about providing patient-centered care that is equitable, ethical and accessible. Hiba believes that each client is an expert in their own health and she is passionate about meeting people where they are at. She works collaboratively with clients to make healthy life choices across the lifespan.