midwife interview

Meet Anjali Madeira

Nicole Dummann Clinic RN


Anjali Madeira


Parkersburg, WV


One husband, one daughter, one dog. 

Member of Health Foundations Team since:  

June 2015

Role at Health Foundations:

 I have the privilege of seeing mamas at every stage of motherhood. I do intakes for newly pregnant mamas, assist with births, and visit mamas at home a few days after baby is born.  

Educational background and training:  

I have degrees in Public Health and Nursing. I'm currently in the Nurse-Midwifery program at the University of MN. I've also been a doula since 2013.

Tell us a little about your own birth:  

 Let's just say my birth plan was labor at home and give birth at a birth center. My reality was induction at the hospital with IVs and an epidural. And I love my birth story. It's what you make it, interventions and curve balls aside. 

What is one of your favorite things to do when you are not at Health Foundations?  

Ultimate Frisbee!

Anjali Madeira canoeing
Anjali Madeira

If you could get on a plane tomorrow and travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?  

The Travers-Sabine track in Nelson Lakes National Park on the South Island of New Zealand.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?  

 I would be Toasty Digits Girl, with the power to heat my fingers and toes in a MN winter.

What inspired you to get into your field?  

Working with lay midwives in rural India.

What do you love about Health Foundations and what is your favorite part of your job?

The people! What a dedicated, smart and loving team, I'm lucky to be a part of it.

What is your philosophy on birth?  

Work hard, be flexible and choose your path.

What advice or wisdom can you share with pregnancy or new mama readers?  

Write a letter to your little one as your pregnancy progresses, adding a paragraph every week or two. it'll help you remember this unique experience and your kids will love reading it when they get bigger!

Meet Katrina Wu ~ Certified Nurse-Midwife

Katrina Wu - Health Foundations Nurse-Midwife


Katrina Wu


The Pacific Northwest! If I had to narrow it down to one city, I'd say Portland, Oregon.


I live in Saint Paul with my husband Andrew and our two cats, Sydney and Kali.

Member of Health Foundations Team since:

July, 2014

Please explain your role at Health Foundations:

I work at Health Foundations as a certified nurse-midwife. In addition to attending births, I see women at the clinic for prenatal visits, postpartum visits, and well-woman visits. Well-woman visits can range from annual exams to birth control visits like having an IUD inserted. I really enjoy being able to see women for preconception counseling before they ever become pregnant and then being able to continue seeing our moms for their health care needs long after their babies are born. I love being a resource for women in understanding their bodies and partnering with women to take ownership of their health throughout their lives.

What is your educational background and training?

I graduated summa cum laude with my bachelor of science degree in nursing from Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. After serving families through the transition of their loved ones passing away naturally at home as a hospice nurse, I decided to continue on to graduate school. I studied nurse-midwifery at Vanderbilt University, where I received the faculty choice award for most outstanding student. I was able to focus on the birth center model of care for my final clinical experience, which gave me a real love for promoting pregnancy and birth as natural processes. Following graduation I attended home and birth center births in Seattle, Washington, and then I moved back to Minnesota to help launch Bethel University's nurse-midwifery program. I am currently full-time nurse-midwifery faculty at Bethel University and practice midwifery part-time as part of the Health Foundations team.

Tell us a little about your own birth:

My favorite details are that my mom cried and that I knew my dad's voice instantly. :)

What is one of your favorite things to do when you are not at Health Foundations?

It's hard to pick just one! I most love hiking with my husband, gardening, and cooking. I'm constantly picking up new hobbies (currently thinking spinning is next!). Knitting and crocheting have been staples all my life, and I also enjoy upcycling, furniture, and painting.

If you could get on a plane tomorrow and travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Oh my list is so long! I recently checked New Zealand off my list, and it did not disappoint! I'd love to backpack Italy - perhaps that's next.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation. It would fuel my love for travel while ensuring I never miss a birth!

What inspired you to get into your field?

In nursing school, I remember most loving to work with moms and empowering them to care for their families though at the time I wasn't sure how this would unfold in my career. Then one summer I had the opportunity to work in a rural hospital in Indonesia and again found myself drawn to mothers. Working alongside a midwife, I had my first real exposure to natural birth - witnessing newborns crossing the threshold and mothers feeling empowered was so moving! I was drawn to midwifery by the amount of time available to build relationships throughout their pregnancies and by the incredible experience that is birth.

What do you love about Health Foundations and what is your favorite part of your job?

I love that Health Foundations has such a holistic view of health. As a clinician, I feel the freedom and support to explore and recommend healing modalities across the spectrum - from acupuncture to herbs to antibiotics. :) As for my favorite part of my job, it's basically impossible to top birth! Being present and welcomed into such sacred space is continually an honor.

What is your philosophy on birth?

I have the deepest respect for birth as a sacred and empowering event. It's a normal, natural process that brings forth not only babies but families. As the gateway for this transition affecting so many lives, I believe giving presence, compassion, and support with reassurance are what families most need. 

What advice or wisdom can you share with pregnancy or new mama readers? Pregnancy, birth, and parenting come with so much advice! It really can be overwhelming. My advice is to listen to everyone's advice, and let whatever doesn't naturally resonate with you and your family simply roll off your shoulders. Trust yourself. :)

I'd love love love to work with you too, so please set up a free consultation and learn more! 

Meet Amanda DeVoogdt!



Amanda DeVoogdt (de vote)

Role at Health Foundations:

Staff Midwife


  • BA in Women’s Studies and Cultural Studies (minor) at the University of Minnesota in Duluth
  • Midwifery Program Graduate (3-year program) from Birthwise Midwifery School, a MEAC (Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council) accredited school, in Bridgton, Maine.

Let’s start with some basics. 

What do you love to do when you are not at Health Foundations?

I love food- cooking it, eating it, sharing it.  One of my favorite things to do is whip up an impromptu dinner for friends or attempt a challenging recipe that’s caught my eye. Back when I had a TV, I used to watch a lot of old reruns of Julia Child on PBS and America’s Test Kitchen.

Running is also a common past time of mine. I ran a marathon once and as I crossed the finish line swore I would never do another-ha! I’m more of a 4-5 miler these days. Just enough to de-stress, get me outside and make me feel the runner’s high.

If you could get on a plane and travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go and why?

Oh gosh, I think my travel bug has been tamed! I had lots of traveling adventures throughout my 20s, so now I’m much more of a homebody. I’d much rather take a long weekend and explore a small town in Wisconsin and camp outside than jet-set anywhere.

Do you have a favorite restaurant in Saint Paul?

Black Sheep Pizza and Mango Thai are a couple of my favorites for take-out.

Tanpopo Restaurant is the best-kept secret in St Paul and The Blue Door Pub makes a mighty fine juicy-lucy! 

When does your story with Health Foundations begin?

I started with Amy Johnson-Grass before she opened the birth center.  She was closing her private midwifery practice and had just purchased the building that is now the birth center. She very graciously took me on as a ‘volunteer’ even though I had no skills or experience- I hadn’t even been to a birth at that point!  I basically just wanted tasks so I could follow her around and see what it was like to be a midwifeJI packed boxes and organized charts and eventually I applied to midwifery school and she became my preceptor. It’s been a whirlwind ever sense.  Nothing could have prepared me for how hard and character-building midwifery school would be. I’ve been with Amy through all of my training and am so grateful for her endless patience and kindness towards me while I grew into a midwife. She’s my mama midwife- gently leading me and teaching me along the way.

After graduation I stayed on as a staff midwife and have been here ever since. I’m so proud to be one of the original staff members and to have been able to see the birth center grow and change over the years. We’ve come so far!

Amanda3Did you know before your work with Amy that you for sure wanted to be a midwife or were you just exploring a possible interest? 

The first time I heard about midwifery was in my Women’s Studies classes in college.  I was really fascinated by the profession of midwifery and by women that chose to give birth in their homes. I’m a big fan of bold women that go against the grain and stand up for what they believe in, so midwifery felt like home to me.  I had a lot of things I wanted to do in my life first though. My gypsy spirit really had to have its time before I could be ready for the life commitment that is midwifery. So I spent a lot of time traveling and working various jobs after college, but my heart was always in midwifery. I knew I would come back to it.

For me, and for many midwives, midwifery is a calling. A vocation that picks you. That’s what gets you through the sleepless nights, the long labors and the many days without seeing your family or friends. You truly have to love the work and believe that it is making a difference because it can be very challenging at times.

Tell me more about your bucket list.  What were some of the things you did to feed your gypsy spirit before becoming a midwife?

Well, I took a year off in college and moved to China to work as an English teacher for a while. I was literally fresh off the farm from rural North Dakota and plopped down in the middle-of-nowhere China.  It was my first time leaving the country and it totally blew my mind. After I finished college I took a job in The Netherlands working as a personal assistant to a woman who was pregnant at the time.  The Netherlands, specifically in Amsterdam where I was—the social norm is to have a homebirth. I was really exposed to a culture that supported out-of-hospital birth and midwifery and that had a big influence on me. Once I left The Netherlands, I took a job in South Korea and wrote textbook curriculum for a little over a year. It was a wild time. I was literally living out of a suitcase and had sold all of my belongings. I knew that I would never have a time in my life like that again- I totally took advantage of being single and free of commitments.

I’m so glad I had all of those adventures and experiences and I am also glad that it’s over!  I like hot showers and real beds too much now.

What do you know about the story of your own birth?

I was adopted when I was an infant, so my birth story was told to me by my birth mother a couple of years ago when I met her for the first time. It was a story that I had been waiting to hear my whole life and now has added importance because of my work in birth. It was very moving to hear my own birth story and it was also very moving to hear a birth story from the perspective of a birthmother. I felt like I knew my entire ‘life story’ once I heard the story of my birth and I greatly encourage all women to write about their birth experiences not only for themselves but also for their children one day.

Amanda4What do you love about working here?

My co-workers are like my family.  We have a lot of fun together and we laugh a lot.  Everyone is sharing food, stories and hugs around here.  This is a great place to come if you are having a great day, and a great place to come when you are having a bad day because everyone is going to be there to support you.

When I’m up all night at a birth and haven’t slept I am guaranteed to have a coffee waiting for me, a sandwich on the way, and someone is working to rearrange my schedule so I can get a nap in or go home early—everyone just comes together to take care of one another. That is crucial in this kind of work.

Amanda5What is your philosophy on birth?

I often find myself saying “Just do what you need to do…” during labors. I’m usually saying it when someone’s at the point where she just needs to give into the process.

Cry it out. Sing. Let’s have a dance party. Get mad. Yell. Cry some more. Just do what you need to do. Tap into that deep place and let it give you strength. Labor is an emotional journey that is different for every one. I love holding a safe space for women while they figure it all out and “do what they need to do”.

What do you love about Health Foundations families?

I love that our clients come in with thoughtful questions about their health and that they request alternative treatments for common ailments.  There are so many things that can be treated through changes in diet and natural remedies. I love sharing what I know and giving people information that they can use beyond their pregnancy.

Do you have any advice or other wisdom to share with our readers?

Chiropractic care in pregnancy is key. So is sitting up straight in the car and not reclining back in comfy chairs. “Optimal fetal positioning” is the mantra for the third trimester!