Registered Nurse Birth Assistant (RNBA)
NOVA Natural Birth Center was founded by Certified Professional Midwives (CPM). Although licensed by the state of Virginia, the law does not allow CPM’s to practice their full scope of practice in the area of prescription medications. Virginia Midwives Alliance, the state midwifery organization for CPM’s has appealed to the Board of Medicine to provide for these potentially life-saving medications however they have repeatedly declined. Because this is an important part of safe out of hospital care, you can hire one of our RN birth assistants who can administer medications prescribed by an OB for you. Even though our Certified Nurse Midwives do prescribe and administer medications, you will want to hire the RNBA and we highly recommend it. If you feel like getting involved by writing your legislators, we would be happy to help you.
Meet Our RN Birth Assistants!
Bethanie Mintz, RN, BSN
Bethanie graduated with her BSN nursing degree from George Mason University in 2002 and is a Virginia native. She started her career working as an Emergency Room nurse for 10 years in the northern Virginia and Southern Maryland area. Needing a change, she started working for Kaiser giving medical advice over the phone in 2009 and continues to work there on a very part time basis. After having all four of her children with Peggy and NOVA Natural Birth Center, she was excited to be able to give back to the community and work in an area she loves. She describes this as her “dream job” and loves every moment of being a witness to new life being born. She continues to live in the NOVA area and is very active in her church and community. On a personal note, she homeschools, blogs, crafts, teaches about essential oils and loves all things green, holistic and thrifty. You can follow her or contact her on her blog Green And Grateful.
Bethanie’s Essential Oil Classes are a wealth of information. Please join her at the birth center on the third Monday evening of the month.
Elizabeth Morales, RN, Birth Assistant
Elizabeth (Beth) worked in emergency healthcare for ten years as a medical technician before earning her nursing degree in 2014, during which she completed a fellowship program in both the Labor & Delivery & NICU units at Prince William Hospital. She has spent most of her career as an overnight nurse for babies transitioning to home from the NICU, as well as providing instruction for newborn care, support for parents of twins/multiples, and lactation counseling in the home. Through her experiences with families (and the birth of her own daughter last year) she has become passionate about natural birth and the importance of personalized care during pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Beth is thrilled to be partnered with NOVA Natural Birth Center in providing such an experience to every growing family.
Our Service Area: NOVA Natural Birth Center midwives serve families throughout the entire Northern Virginia area and about 50 + miles surrounding our Chantilly location. We are near the Dulles International Airport and serve the following communities, Aldie, South Riding, Centreville, Dulles, Fairfax, Falls Church, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Leesburg, Arlington, Alexandria, Annandale, Burke, Springfield, Manassas, Woodbridge, Gainesville, Haymarket, Bristow, and beyond. We also attend home births in these areas. Some couples come to the birth center from Washington DC, Maryland and beyond. If you live near the border of our service area, we may, depending upon your exact location, still be able to help you or refer you to a midwife who lives closer to you.