BirthNetwork National Board of Directors
- Cheryl Gates, CPM
Cheryl is a Certified Professional Midwife practicing since 2006. She assists families in building safe and joyful birth experiences. She is also the mother of five homeschooled children that she raises in a rural area of the midwest with the love of her life, Greg. In her down time she enjoys learning the art of self reliance, crocheting, and watching her chickens as they wander the yard. Cheryl has served as a Chapter Leader of Kansas City BirthNetwork since 2009, and she is excited to serve as President of BirthNetwork National.
- Anna Van Wagoner
President- Elect and Mentoring Program Coordinator
Anna is a founder of the Birth Activist Collective and Co-Director of Where’s My Midwife? She worked as a doula and midwife's assistant for five years before turning her focus to birth activism. She is currently a Co-Leader for the Salt Lake BirthNetwork.
- Dr. Alicia Brooks
Chapter Leader Training Coordinator
Alicia is a homeschooling mother to 5 amazing boys. She is also a Chiropractor, Doula, Childbirth Educator and Student Midwife in the St. Louis area. She received her bachelors degree in Life Sciences in 2007 followed by her Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2009.
- Kelly Caldwell
Board Member At-Large
Kelly is a certified professional midwife and traditional naturopath focusing on holistic healing for families. A homeschool graduate, she received her Bachelor's of Science in 2008 and officially began her rural homebirth practice that same year. In her downtime she homeschools 5 of her 6 child who are still at home, milks her goats, wildcrafts herbal remedies, knits and writes. She enjoys those precious off-call moments with her soul mate Reid and lives for their next road trip!
- Jesse Jaeger
Jesse is a professional Web Developer with a B.S. in Information Technology as well as having the roles of a Computer Specialist, Systems Administrator, Father, and Husband. Jesse is a birth advocate and attends regular birth conferences/summits with his wife. He also regularly attends baby wearing meetings and is a member of a Facebook group in support of birth and web technology in combination.