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A woman centric approach to health care.

“When you decide to visit New Birth Company, you will experience something unique. We will strive to become your partner in health. We believe in a holistic approach that is achieved by understanding that women’s bodies, our knowledge and emotions work together to result in our health status.

We believe birth, puberty and menopause are normal life events for female human beings. These are times when women need special education and community support. A healthy pregnant woman is not diseased; she’s having a baby!

Our grandmothers witnessed the births of their mothers, aunts, sisters and friends years before they gave birth themselves. We realize in the 21st century, we may live far away from our families. The media does us no favors, showing birth as a trauma or comical event. Natural childbirth is seldom depicted correctly. New Birth Company strives to lift up contemporary natural childbirth as the preferred method of birth and reverse this course. We will guide the mother to fully participate in her incredible birth day…”  Cathy Gordon, CNM

 

Whitney Abbott, CNM, APRN

Whitney joined New Birth Company spring of 2012.  Prior to working with NBC, Whitney worked with Mercy and Truth Medical missions starting in 2008.  She received her BSN RN degree from the University of Central Arkansas in 2007 and shortly after, decided to return to school to study Nurse-Midwifery.   Whitney has traveled to Haiti three times for women’s health including her most recent trip to Maison de Naissance in Torbeck.  She has been heavily influenced by volunteering with orphans in Africa, Eastern Europe and SE Asia.  “What I love most about New Birth Company it gives me the opportunity to work with a team that respects the choices of women.  It exciting to experience birth days which are unique to every mother and family. ”

China Mortell CNM, APRN

China joined New Birth Company in 2016 and provides midwifery and well-woman care. She is an APRN-Nurse- Midwife in the State of Kansas. She has been a pediatric nurse for 13 years, with additional experience in women’s care including perinatal bereavement, prenatal, postpartum, and GYN care of women across the lifespan. China graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Kansas. China is married with 4 amazing little boys.

“I am passionate about empowering women, reminding families that birth is normal, and increasing awareness of the importance of caring for themselves in the “4 th trimester” (postpartum). Women do not need to be taught how to have a baby, they only need to be supported to trust in the knowledge of their bodies.”

Cathy Gordon, CNM, FNP, APRN

Cathy Gordon is an authority on midwifery and birth centers, leading the creation of two birth centers serving low income populations in Kansas City. Prior to starting New Birth Company, Cathy was the Founder and CEO of Mercy and Truth Medical Missions free standing birth center and primary care safety net clinics. Cathy has experience with births in low resource settings such as Latin America, Africa and China. Cathy serves as adjunct faculty and teaches and writes on a variety of courses on issues effecting free standing birth centers. Cathy earned her B.S and M.S from the University of Kansas. Cathy is a certified RN, F.N.P.-BC, and C.N.M. She is the author of “All Babies Are Born,” a collection of global birthing stories. “The majority of American women only give birth 2 to 3 times during their lifetime. My commitment to the mother is to be her partner-in-birth at this unique physical rite of passage. Together we’ll create an Incredible Birth Day that she’ll treasure forever.”

 

At New Birth Company we recruit nationally certified midwives.  They are intelligent, passionate, kind, caring, creative and generous midwives who share heart-felt beliefs consistently across our organization. Their actions are key to our culture.New Birth Company Midwives are highly skilled, competent and proficient birth professionals.

Our certified nurse midwives share these values:

The state of Kansas recognizes Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Professional Midwives as appropriate care givers for healthy normal births at a birth center.  Our midwives have collaborative practice agreements with a physician to coordinate comprehensive care if the mother or the baby develops conditions outside of normal pregnancy and birth parameters.

About Midwifery

Midwifery is an ancient profession, with a proud tradition of providing care for women during pregnancy and childbirth.  The midwifery model of care is one that views labor and birth as a normal physiological process.  Midwives spend more time on wellness, prevention, and helping childbearing women maintain an optimal state of health.  Midwives usually have a lower rate of interventions, care for each woman according to her individual needs, and include women in the decisions that affect their care.

Kansas Chapter of Certified Nurse Midwives

Read more about the practice and history of midwifery at:

American College of Nurse-Midwives
myMidwife.org