Connecticut Midwives

Co-president - Christa Palancia Esposito

Christa has practiced full scope midwifery in New York and Connecticut for more than twenty years. She joined the faculty of Fairfield Universityís Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies in 2016 teaching undergraduate nursing and graduate nursing and midwifery courses. Christa maintains a clinical midwifery practice in Trumbull, CT serving women holistically throughout their life span. Her research interests include the use of the intrauterine device, nutrition, and complementary treatments of menopausal symptoms. Christa previously served as the CT ACNM affiliate secretary from 2003-2005. Christa completed her BSN at Western Connecticut State University and Certificate in Nurse Midwifery and Masters in Nursing at State University of New York Brooklyn and Stony Brook respectively. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Fairfield University.  Christa enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, outdoor fitness activities, and dancing.

Kristen Becker

Co-president - Kristin Nowak

A native of western Pennsylvania, Kristin holds a bachelorís degree in environmental and evolutionary biology and anthropology from Dartmouth College. After working in a developmental biology lab, she began her masterís degree in public health at Dartmouth Medical School, where she led projects focused on improving the quality of care for women attempting vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), comparisons of breast cancer treatment regimens, and assessing nutrition resources for children. She graduated with her MPH in 2004, then joined the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, where she conducted research focused on healt hcare utilization, spending, and outcomes. During this period, she gave birth to two amazing daughters, with the help of her inspiring midwives. After relocating to Connecticut, she earned her MSN at Yale University School of Nursing. During this time, she helped author a reproductive health curriculum targeting low-income women in New Haven.

Kristin has been practicing midwifery in the New Haven area since 2011, and joined Womenís Health Associates in 2017. She is also a staff affiliate at both Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Nursing, as well as a Frontier Nursing University preceptor. Kristin loves caring for women through the reproductive years and beyond, with a special focus on teen health and integrative medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling near and far, growing and preparing delicious food, practicing yoga, and exploring the outdoors with her daughters, baby boy, and superstar husband.

Stephanie Welsh

Vice President - Stephanie Welsh

Stephanie has been a certified nurse-midwife at Mansfield Ob/Gyn in northeastern Connecticut since 2003. She holds a BS in Communications from Syracuse University, a Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University School of Nursing, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from UConn School of Nursing. 

She worked as a photojournalist until 1999, when she left journalism to pursue a career in midwifery. Her journalism honors include the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for a photographic essay on female genital cutting. Her other awards include honors from Pictures of the Year, College Photographer of the Year, and the World Press Photo Awards. Her photographs are included in the permanent collections of The Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St Lawrence University and The Newseum in Washington, DC.

Ms. Welsh has lectured widely on issues of bodily integrity and women, and about the cultural context and the social, political, and psychological issues of female genital cutting. Her current research interests include delayed cord clamping and water birth. 


Treasurer - Melissa Gregorio

Melissa, CNM, MSN, has been serving the New Haven area as a full-scope midwife since 2013. Previously, she worked as an RN at St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, CT. Melissa is passionate about teaching and regularly mentors midwifery students in the clinical setting. She also facilitates childbirth classes through The Parent Collective of Fairfield County, and helps prepare graduating RNs for their NCLEX exams as an instructor for Kaplan Test Prep, Inc. She has been published once in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health. Melissa received her BSN from Fairfield University in 2007 and her MSN from Columbia University in 2011.

Jenna LoGuidice

Secretary - Jenna LoGiudice

Jenna, PhD, CNM, RN is an Assistant Professor in the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies at Fairfield University. She is the author of 6 peer reviewed journal articles and 5 book chapters. She has been published three times in the leading midwifery journal, the Journal of Midwifery and Womenís Health. She currently maintains clinical practice as a CNM at Planned Parenthood and with Greater New Haven OB-GYN. Prior to moving into academia, she practiced full scope midwifery in Waterbury, CT. She enjoys traveling and swimming. She is the mother of 2 little ladies and 1 little guy who keep her on her toes. She holds her BSN from Fairfield University (class of 2006), her MSN from Yale University (2008) and PhD from the University of Connecticut (2014).

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