Birth, the way you want it

Learn about us, our team, and why we created the Holy Family Birth Center

We think that every woman can do what may seem impossible.

We believe women are masterfully designed to give birth.  We believe that fertility and pregnancy are states of excellent health and we approach them from a perspective of wellness.  In the overwhelming majority of cases, with sufficient support and education, a beautifully natural birth can be accomplished.

We discovered that our approach to care was different than what is typically seen in women’s healthcare. We’ve always been passionate about seeing women do what they were meant to do through being equipped with the necessary knowledge, support, and guidance.

Woman are empowered to believe that they are capable of giving birth the way they envision.

Holy Family Birth Center was created out of what comes naturally to us as providers. Since we started practicing medicine and midwifery, our goal has always been to provide care that makes it safe, empowering, and possible to bring new life into the world the way it was intended. Our integrated physician-nurse midwife model of care means you experience the best care possible at every step of the way of your pregnancy and birth journey.

Our History

Women like you have been looking for a better option than giving birth in the hospital. We heard it often:

You want an advocate who allows you to decide how your birth goes and encourages you along the way.

This concept of going to a hospital, a place for those who are ill, to give birth is a relatively new one.  For some time now, families have struggled to take back control of their births without sacrificing safety and support.  For over twenty years we have watched these struggles and heard from our patients that they wanted a better option.

It’s been years in the making and Holy Family Birth Center has been a labor of our love. It’s often said that a birth center birth is essentially a home birth at someone else’s home.  It most certainly allows a family to structure the birth experience they want, while feeling safe and supported.  We believe birth center birth is the perfect option for women who are looking for a safe, natural, and beautiful birth.

We have stepped out as a leading advocate for women in Northeast Indiana, helping women achieve the birth they have always hoped for by empowering them with the right resources and information. We believe in the power and strength of women like you. This is your birth plan; we are here to help you at every step of the journey.

Meet Our Midwives

Every person on our team wants to provide you with exceptional care that is based on your needs, your pregnancy, and your baby’s birth. All of us have the experience, education, and passion to assist you and your family as you embark on the incredible journey of parenthood.

Marianne Stroud

Certified Nurse Midwife

Lindsay Davidson

Certified Nurse Midwife

Rebecca Cronin

Certified Nurse Midwife


Certified Nurse Midwife

Nicky Schwanz

Certified Nurse Midwife

Ryanne Kees

Certified Nurse Midwife

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Christopher Stroud


Dr. Jill Stalling


Dr. Leigh Bauer


Awards & Recognitions

We’re proud to be voted Fort Wayne Newspapers Readers’ Choice Awards winners for 2019 for our excellence in Midwifery Care! Thank you!