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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. 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, NY. She was the first midwife with full privileges at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. 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. Following the home birth of her daughter, Vicki and her family moved to CT. She joined Birth & Beyond in its first year of operation, and became the owner of the practice in 2007. 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 remains dedicated to supporting breastfeeding.  She is 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 (now 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 Birth & Beyond 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

Marian is a graduate student in midwifery at Yale University. Originally from Connecticut, she graduated from College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor’s degree in Catholic Theology. She lived in New York City for several years and worked in clinical research before pursuing nursing and midwifery. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor and is trained as a doula. Marian is also involved with the New Haven-based nonprofit Hope After Loss.

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