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Meet Our Staff

THE MIDWIVES:

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Vicki Nolan Marnin, CNM, MSN

Vicki attended Case Western Reserve University and The Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing and her CNM certification. Prior to that time, she was a Bradley Childbirth Educator, a doula for her Bradley students, and a Registered Nurse.

In 1996, Vicki founded the midwifery service at Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center, a Federally Qualified Community Health Center in downtown Albany. She was the first midwife with full-time privileges at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York. And, in 2007, she was a co-author of “Closing the theory-practice gap: intrapartum midwifery management of planned home births,” published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. She is a frequent speaker for university classes and community groups regarding women’s health, pregnancy and birth. Following the home birth of her daughter, Vicki and her family move to CT. She joined Birth & Beyond in its first year of operation, and became the owner of the practice in 2009. Vicki is a dedicated, compassionate midwife who has joyfully helped her clients deliver over 2,000 babies.

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Sherry Rinell, CNM, MSN, IBCLC

Sherry received her nursing and midwifery degrees from Yale University.  Following her graduation in 1990, she accepted a job at Fair Haven Community Health Center in New Haven, where she worked as a midwife for 22 years.  During that time, she was also a clinical instructor for the Yale midwifery program.  She was awarded the Our Bodies Ourselves Women’s Health Hero Award in 2009 for her work in community health.  Sherry volunteered as a La Leche League leader for almost 15 years, and supporting breastfeeding will always be an important part of her life.  She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Sherry is the mother of 4 and the grandmother of 7.  When she is not working, she enjoys hiking, dancing, reading, and spending time with her family.

MEET THE REST OF OUR STAFF:

Renita Reid, office manager

Renita graduated from Quinnipiac College (currently Quinnipiac University) with an Associate’s Degree in Legal Administrative Assistance, and continued on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.  She worked for Travelers Insurance Co. before becoming a SAHM, which she did for 21 years raising six wonderful sons.  She joined our staff in November of 2016.

Renita loves spending time in New Hampshire at her family’s lakefront cottage, kayaking, hiking and relaxing in the sun.  She enjoys the beach, walking, running, and spending time with her family.  She has a passion for learning about holistic health.

Marian Blawie, RN, CLC, office staff

Marian is a graduate student in midwifery at Yale School of Nursing. Originally from Connecticut, she graduated from College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor’s degree in Catholic Theology. She previously lived in New York City for several years and worked in clinical research before pursuing becoming a nurse practitioner. She is a Certified Lactation Consultant and is trained as a doula.

Marian enjoys being creative, reading, and baking anything sweet. She loves animals and spending time with her family. In her free time she is usually outside, whether walking, hiking, kayaking, or skiing.