Meet Lisa Cohen, CNM, MSN
Lisa Cohen, CNM graduated with her MSN from the State University of New York in 2008. Prior to her work as a midwife, she was a critical care nurse for many years. She received her BSN from the University of Central Missouri in 1997. As a midwife, she has worked in a variety of settings including hospital, birth center, and home birth. Lisa’s passion as a midwife is for educating families so they feel empowered to make choices best suited for their individual circumstances. She is proud and excited to have joined the Willow team in 2019!
Lisa relocated to Phoenix from Kansas City in 2018. She and her family have enjoyed hiking in the mountains, the food trucks, and the warm sunny weather! Lisa has 5 children and welcomed her first granddaughter in 2019. In her free time she enjoys gardening, crocheting, and exploring Arizona with her family.
Meet Pam Moran, CNM, MSN
Pam has been involved with mamas and babies her entire career. Starting out as a Bradley Childbirth educator for 4 years, working with home birth midwives for 3 ½ years as a birth assistant, and then became a registered nurse spending 20 years supporting woman birthing in the hospital.
Still feeling the call to be a Certified Nurse Midwife she received her master’s degree in nurse midwifery from Frontier Nursing University.
The majority of her midwifery training was at WillowAZ birth center. She is thrilled to be a part of the WillowAZ team of midwives. Teaches prenatal yoga at WillowAZ on Thursday evenings.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and spending time with her family in the white mountains of Pinetop, AZ.
Meet Micaela Fernandes, CNM, MSN
While volunteering as a nurse in Arusha, Tanzania (East Africa), Micaela was introduced to midwifery by local midwives in a low resource setting with limited supplies. The beauty of this experience was overpowering and life changing. Micaela discovered that midwifery was more than just about the intimate relationship between a care practitioner and an expectant mother; midwifery is about policy, advocacy, and education, and it is a profession that needs to be mobilized in multiple socio-political contexts.
After nine years of working in an ICU setting as a nurse predominantly in her home Philadelphia, upstate New York, and New Zealand, Micaela changed fields and started working as a labor and delivery nurse while going back to school to become a nurse midwife. After graduating she did a fellowship at Holy Family birth Center, one of the oldest birth centers in the country, located by the Mexican border in Weslaco, Texas.
She has joined the team at Willow to be surrounded by a community that shares her same belief system and allows her to give women a transformative experience of birth that is unique to each individual.
Micaela also enjoys travelling, hiking, art, museums, live music, theater, practicing Spanish, martial arts, yoga, barre, and meditation.
Meet Wendy Shaw, CNM, MSN
Wendy is a southern gal from Alabama who relocated to Phoenix in November of 2020. She became interested in midwifery as a preteen because her neighbor was a home birth midwife. Wendy answered the call to be a midwife after the home birth of her daughter in July of 1998.
Wendy received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2002. She practiced as a labor and delivery RN for almost 5 years before attending Frontier University for a Master’s in Nurse Midwifery in 2010.
Wendy practiced hospital midwifery in Gulfport MS from 2012-2018, then returned to her hometown in north Alabama to become the community’s first nurse midwife at the local hospital. After 10 years of hospital practice and raising her daughter, Wendy decided to follow her dream of becoming an out of hospital midwife full-time.
Wendy is passionate about helping women obtain their goal of unmedicated birth and looks forward to serving the women of the valley for many years.
Meet Amanda Baker, CNM, MSN
Amanda is a native Arizonan from Kingman. She pursued midwifery after recognizing a gap in the healthcare education in her own community. She is passionate about empowering women to be engaged in their health and seeks to assist them reach their overall wellness goals. Amanda joined Willow to be able to offer women free birth choice and looks forward to support women in creating their unique birth story.
Amanda received a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Oregon State University before moving to New York to obtain a Bachelor’s in Nursing from New York University. After working as a Registered Nurse in critical care and postpartum care, she returned to her educational goals at Georgetown University where she received a Master’s degree as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
When not in clinic, you can find Amanda in her kitchen exploring new recipes, golfing, spending time with family, or hiking with her 110-pound Saint Dane pup.