Connecticut Midwives

Kristal Velazquez

Co-president - Kristal Velazquez, CNM

Kristal started her journey to midwifery by getting her BSN at Southern Connecticut State University while she was working as a student nurse tech on the labor and delivery unit at The Hospital of Central Connecticut. She worked as a med-surg nurse before going to Yale-New Haven Hospitalís York St. campus labor and delivery unit where her desire to become a midwife was reinforced by all the wonderful midwives she was able to work with there. She then graduated from Georgetown Universityís CNM/WHNP program. Kristal is currently working at Charter Oak Health Center. Her career goal is to provide quality womenís health to women of low socioeconomic status and to make midwifery care a well-known option in Connecticut. She is proud to count herself as one of the Midwives of CT.

Ariel Herron

Co-president - Ariel Herron, CNM

Arielís career in healthcare started when she was a teenager, first becoming a CNA and working in a local rehab / long term care facility. She then obtained an EMT license and moved on to work as a nurse technician in the ER at New Britain General Hospital (now The Hospital of Central Connecticut). She became a registered nurse in 2005 and landed a job in labor and delivery where she worked for many years prior to meeting a practicing midwife and realizing this was the right next step for her. In 2017, Ariel graduated from Baystate Medical Centerís Midwifery Education Program and started working at Manchester OB-GYN Associates. She loves being a midwife here in CT, and plans to do her part to normalize midwifery care in America in order to improve health care access and outcomes for women.

Stephanie Welsh

Vice President - Stephanie Welsh, CNM, DNP

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, CNM, MSN

Melissa 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

Co-secretary - Jenna LoGiudice PhD, CNM, RN

Jenna 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).

Sara Church

Co-secretary - Sara Church, CNM

Sara was born at Norwalk Hospital and has been joyfully practicing full-scope midwifery there since 2009. She obtained a BS in Diagnostic Genetics at UConn before following her calling as a midwife. She obtained her BSN and MSN in Midwifery at Columbia University. She enjoys precepting and has worked with midwifery students from Yale, Columbia, Frontier, and Fairfield Universities. Sara also serves as a member of the Government Affairs Committee for the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and on the Medical Executive Committee at Norwalk hospital. In her spare time she is the proud mom of two boys.

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