Meet Our Team
In addition to our two certified nurse-midwives, Belinda Hodder and Diane Ortega, the entire team at Willow Midwife Center is dedicated to delivering personalized, family-centered maternity care in our beautiful Mesa birth center. Dr. Christine Brass-Jones, DO, OB/GYN is our collaborative physician and medical director, and is available to the midwives at Willow 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our birth assistants come from varied health care backgrounds, and have all been trained in the Willow way.
Meet Anna Hanson, FNP-BC, CNM
We are excited to announce that Anna Hanson FNP, CNM is joining Willow and will be seeing clients in the office and attending births with Diane or Belinda. Anna received her training as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Arizona State University and her training in Midwifery at Frontier Nursing University.
She enjoys caring for women throughout their life span and being a strong advocate for their needs. In the past she was able to develop a doula program for women who delivered their babies while in custody at the county jail. In her leisure time she works in her garden, raises sheep and chickens and visits her 5 grandchildren. She also dabbles at tri-sports and medical missions in underserved areas of the world.
Meet Dr. Brass-Jones, DO, OB/Gyn
Dr. Christine Brass-Jones is the Medical Director of Willow Midwife Center for Birth and Wellness. She graduated from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa in 1996. She completed her residency in 2000 at Mesa General Hospital in Mesa, AZ.
She is also the Medical Director and co-owner of The Center for True Harmony Wellness & Medicine since its inception in 2004. She delivers babies and does obstetrical and gynecological surgeries at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, AZ.
Dr. Brass-Jones cares about her patients, and shows them ways to heal their mind, body, and spirit through conventional medical ways, as well as more natural techniques. She feels that a healthy mom leads to having a healthy baby. She strives to show her moms that when they embrace a healthy lifestyle, their babies, their labor and their delivery will follow in the same manner. Dr. Brass believes that it is always best to weigh all options when important health decisions need to be made. Education, trust, and preparation are the best ways to begin a healthy journey.
Meet Our Birth Assistants
Your Willow Midwife Center birth assistant is a vital part of your birth team; a professional midwife’s assistant with labor support, birth, and postpartum care skills. A birth assistant helps to keep out-of-hospital births safe and more satisfying for the family.
All our birth assistants have received special training and a detailed skills assessment to qualify them to perform in the role at Willow Midwife Center. They have fulfilled all requirements, and meet our strict standards as birth assistants. Each is currently certified in CPR and neonatal resuscitation. They are competent, compassionate and have demonstrated the ability to work cohesively with our philosophy, midwives, and clients.