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Sage-Femme Midwifery, PLLC

Safe, Satisfying, Sage Femme
959 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12206 | sage-femmemidwifery.com

Overview

Sage-Femme Midwifery is an independent midwifery practice offering homebirth/hospital midwifery care, monitrice, well woman and basic primary care for women!

Sage-Femme Midwifery is an affiliation of women's health professionals who provide compassionate, holistic women's care throughout the life cycle.

In addition to full-scope independent midwifery, Sage-Femme provides space for nurturing mothers, babies, and families and hopes to be a proverbial village for healthfully birthing and raising children. Sage-Femme midwifery offers: breastfeeding, childbirth, and parenting classes, a new mother's support group, chiropractic & massage days, referral and coordination of care with a multidisciplinary team of birth professionals, and meeting space for workshops/informationals/gatherings of interest and benefit to families.

Unique to the Midwifery community, Sage-Femme offers both homebirth care and hospital-based midwifery. In the home setting, a team of three birth professionals will attend each family providing guidance and support throughout the birth process and beyond. Our admitting privileges at the Burdett Care Center in Troy NY and Bellevue Women's Center in Niskayuna NY, ensure that, should a planned homebirth require transfer to a hospital setting, Sage-Femme Midwifery is able to provide continuity of care in that setting thereby avoiding a transfer to a different maternity practice. Families planning a hospital birth with Sage-Femme enjoy the same personalized midwifery model of care which includes follow up care in the home setting upon discharge.

Complimentary consultations to explore the option of midwifery in the home or hospital setting provided.

Located just two miles east of SUNY-Albany and minutes from I-90, this convenient location provides ample on-street parking and is located at the corner of Washington Avenue and Winthrop Avenue.  

Meet Us:

Kelly McDermott, Director of Midwifery, LM, CPM, CNM, MS

Kelly, Founder and Director of Sage-Femme Midwifery, was called to midwifery as a ministry and vocation by the birth of her first child at home in 1984. Like many midwives, her relationship with birth has been long and varied. She has been privileged to serve as a direct-entry midwife, a Certified Professional Midwife, a labor and delivery nurse, and as a Masters prepared Certified Nurse Midwife. All 6 of her children were born at home. Her return to homebirth is a celebration and a rekindling of her commitment to women and birth.

Kathie Breault, CNM, LM

Kathie Breault is the owner of Safe Passage Midwifery and a Certified Nurse Midwife.  Her personal and professional experience is that women birth better in the comfort, peace, and safety of their own homes. Kathie has been working with pregnant and birthing women in the Capital Region since 1987; first, as an RN at Albany Medical Center Hospital’s Labor and Delivery Unit, and later as a midwife, her calling. Kathie had her third baby at home in 1983, and graduated from SUNY Downstate’s Midwifery program in 1993. She worked in several area hospitals before “coming home.” Kathie has been attending births at home with Safe Passage Midwifery since 2009, except for a year in which she helped to establish Birthvillage, the first Birthing Center in Kerala, India.

Kristen Klein, CNM, LM

Kristen Klein is the owner of Sage Femme Midwifery North. She is a Certified Professional Midwife. She is also a DONA trained Doula (2005). Shortly after receiving a massage certificate at The Polarity Realization Institute, she learned about doula care and was inspired to serve women in this way. She did not actively pursue certification until after the birth of her first son in 2002. That experience was so empowering and transformative that she felt supporting other women on this journey was truly her calling in life. She has previously offered her services as a doula and birth assistant. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her potter husband and their three children.

Briana Ranes, RN, Birth Assistant & Infant Feeding Specialist

Owner of “Birthing With Love”, and a Registered Nurse since 2004, Briana Ranes has worked in a variety of clinical areas but spent most of her time working in the Emergency Department. She has been in awe of birth since first witnessing it, as a child, on her family’s farm. Like many, her path to midwifery began through the births of her children. These experiences led her to know the true care and compassion of midwifery. Always feeling it was her calling to serve and care for others, Briana feels privileged and humbled to serve the families of several independent midwifery practices, including Sage-femme Midwifery. Briana lives on a small farm near Cobleskill and loves spending time outdoors making memories with her husband and four children.

Hannah Gregory, Midwifery Student

Hannah, owner of Hannah Grace Birth Services, is a midwifery student who felt called to work with women and children through midwifery several years ago when she spent some time at a hospital in Togo, West Africa. She grew up in a family of 9 and has always loved, and been surrounded by, birth, babies, and women. Most recently, Hannah spent six months in Hawaii taking a course designed for training midwives for the developing world. She continues her studies in an online midwifery program. Through her course work and apprenticeship training, Hannah intends to pursue the Certified Professional Midwifery credential. In addition, she offers placenta encapsulation services for Sage Femme Midwifery families. She feels honored to work with the Sage Femme Midwifery team and serve their community of families.

Suzi Goldman, Administrative Consultant

Suzi Goldman, owner of Suzi’s Solutions, feels privileged to share her administrative talents with Sage-femme Midwifery. She has 10 years of corporate experience at local and national levels, including Marketing, Business Development, Sales, Training and Operations. Suzi currently supports several developing and existing practices bringing creativity and vision to her role. She is a former La Leche League Leader and breastfeeding mom of two whose personal experiences help to foster other mothers’ trust in themselves and the natural birth process. In addition to her administrative consulting work, Suzi owns Suzi’s Celebrations, an event planning business, and organizes celebrations for all occasions.

Sarah Mraz, Postpartum and Infant Care Doula & Infant Feeding Specialist

Sarah Mraz, owner of Essentially Sarah, provides physical and emotional support in the postpartum period. She also teaches breastfeeding classes to the Sage Femme Midwifery ladies. She believes that new mothers need support and she enjoys providing that support. Her family took in foster care infants throughout her teenage years. This gave her experience and a love of taking care of babies. She has one child of her own and has 20 years of experience in public education. She currently offers postpartum doula care and teaches Breastfeeding Basics to the Sage Femme Midwifery families. 

Sarah Read, ICEA Certified Childbirth Educator

Sarah Read has been interested in educating and empowering families in preparation for childbirth since her first pregnancy, during which she became fascinated by the strength and knowledge of the birthing body. With a background in special education, she decided to pursue certification as a Childbirth Educator and has enjoyed combining her love for teaching with her belief that every mama has the right to information and support as tools towards a safe, empowering, and satisfying birth experience. Having had an incredible homebirth with Sage-Femme, she is excited to add There’s No Place Like Home childbirth preparation classes to her teaching schedule.

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14 reviews from our community

This review may come as a shock because this practice has mostly wonderful reviews. I was shocked at my own experience based on all the wonderful things I had heard about Sage-Femme. This is a long winded review of caution for anyone predisposed to postpartum mental illness. Please, consider getting your care somewhere else. I had a shocking and unexpected experience with postpartum psychosis after the birth of my second baby using this practice. I was under incredible and unexpected stress after the birth of my second child. During this time period, I visited my midwife at 8 weeks postpartum for an emergency visit and told her all the reasons why I wasn’t feeling normal, and so she sent me off with natural supplement recommendations & no referral to therapy/counseling, no resources what so ever. Fast forward two months later I’m in full blown psychosis. My family has no idea what’s going on with me or what’s wrong and decides to call the same midwife for advice. She comes over and decides yeah she’s in psychosis - hyper fixated on whether or not I have a bipolar diagnosis- which I’ve never had and decides to transport me in her vehicle herself in full blown psychosis. FYI, mothers with no mental illness history at all can even experience postpartum psychosis. I guess her education didn’t teach her anything about that. I do not have a lot of memory of my psychosis, but my Husband says I started being extremely angry and tried to pull her vehicle off the road. An ambulance is then called and I make my way to a hospital. Great, got the help I deserved and needed. Recovery from this was hard and there was a lot of different things to process through. Fast forward a year later, I’m having female issues and decided to reach out to see this midwife for care. She fires me as a patient without referral & says she has PTSD from me. Very valid feelings on her part, but again carelesly handled, tossed away, again without care and no referral. Unable to see me as the human being I was for the nine months of pregnancy I saw her. Talk about mental health stigma. I know if I had just chosen a regular medical practice, they would never refuse to see me for care, or at least refer me to someone else in their practice or another facility. So anyway I reach out to the owner and see if I am actually like formally dismissed from their practice or what the deal is. She agrees to see me, says the other Midwife is just “not good” with mental illness. Like I’m some monster of a human being currently in postpartum psychosis a year later. I explain to her the period problems I’m having & she blames it on my covid-19 vaccination, does zero cultures, testing etc. I leave and schedule an appointment with a new provider, have testing done and come to find out, that was not at all the issue. So long story short, this practice failed me in more than one way. If I reflect back upon my previous birth at our local birth center I have much more pleasant memories even in relation to the birth itself. I was cared for with up to date medical science, had adequate support during birth and post delivery and had great postpartum resources for the postnatal depression and anxiety I had experienced the first time around. I would NEVER choose a homebirth again in my life if I had time travel machine. I’ll stay with practices that have policies and regulations and someone to answer to. I never did file a report as I was encouraged to by other medical professionals, because I feel as though maybe time under this midwives belt will help her learn and recognize a mothers medical emergency in the future. But if she gets along in her career being afraid of all postnatal illnesses (depression, anxiety, postpartum psychosis etc.) not providing resources, adequate screening & diagnosis, another mothers life may seriously be at risk. Sometimes psuedoscience and vitamin D3, CBD, & St. John’s Wort just doesn’t cut it. I am happy I am healthy and alive and here for my two children after her mistakes almost cost me my life. I hope and pray this never ever happens to another mom.

Kelly McDermott and her Sage-Femme team are a divine gift to all the mamas in their care. Kelly McDermott is extremely smart, professional, and experienced. She takes the time to get to know her mamas (and their families) on a deeply personal level, which enables her to provide individualized and specialized care.

Kelly and her team have a hands on approach and are involved in the birthing process every step of the way. Kelly has chosen only the best to be a part of her team. All the women in this practice are living out their true calling in life.

If you choose to birth with Sage-Femme midwifery you will never be the same again, for you will always carry with you gratitude for their commitment, wisdom, and dedication to empowering women to tap into the innate power of their bodies.

My experience with Sage-Femme Midwifery was nothing short of amazing. Every mama out there deserves to experience the magic that Sage-Femme Midwifery has to offer.

While we were intrigued by the idea of a home birth, my wife and I were filled with fear and doubt. How does it even work? What happens if you need a doctor? Isn’t the hospital the safest place to be? What if my wife needs drugs to get through the pain? In what scenarios do we have to rush to the hospital? At our first appointment with Kelly her magical aura and calming demeanor immediately put us at ease. She spent 2 hours educating us on the home birth experience and answered all our questions. When we walked out of our appointment my wife and I looked at each other and said, “this is where we need to be.”

With each appointment we broadened our knowledge and felt better prepared for natural birth. For all the dads out there, I highly recommend to make it a priority to attend each appointment. I benefited so much by doing so.

Finally, the day arrived when labor started and I can’t tell you how happy we were that we were in the comfort and familiarity of our own home. Our midwifery team came around 7am that morning and were with us every step of the way for the next 24 hours. My wife had a strenuous delivery and our Sage-Femme team beautifully guided us through it with unyielding positivity. The Sage-Femme team worked hard to keep us motivated and never let doubt or fear creep into the room. The environment was intimate, supportive and spiritual - I cannot imagine how much a hospital birth would have been the opposite.

I would strongly recommend two things: first, have a home birth. Second, work with Sage-Femme; they will deliver you an experience you’ll cherish the rest of your life.

Sage-Femme Midwifery was unlike anything I expected! From the time we planned to get pregnant to post-natal care we received the absolute best care I could ask for. I’ve gone to many doctors throughout my life and the attention to my needs and details were never this great! I can’t wait to go to Kelly and Kristen for my next baby. Delivery was such a great experience (one I will hold very dear to my heart). I had the opportunity to have Kelly, Kristen, and Hannah at our birth and I felt I was guided through every step of the process. I can’t recommend them enough! Go to Sage-Femme Midwifery, you’ll be grateful you did!

Our experience with going the home birth route was not a disappointment. We felt so cared for, so respected, validated and informed. No pressure, no being pushed into decisions without our consent. A pregnancy and birth after the loss of an infant is not an easy thing to navigate. We are so grateful to Kelly, Brianna and Hannah. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!

There are not enough good things I can say about my experience with Kristen at Sage-Femme Midwifery. Throughout my entire pregnancy she made me feel heard, empowered, educated, strong, and inspired. People think it's weird when I say that I already want to give birth again, but I truly feel that way because it was such an incredible experience. The attention and care I received during my prenatal check-ups was top notch. I would come in with a laundry list of questions (this was my first pregnancy) and Kristen was so patient and answered them all, even citing research studies as well as antidotes. During my birth, Kristen and the others were so laid back and also respectful which was exactly what I needed. They let me and my body lead the way with the decisions that were made each step of the way. And postpartum, I cannot stress enough how amazing it was to have in-home check-ups and also to be seen multiple times before my 6-week mark. As well as having Kristen always available for any questions. If you are looking for a wonderful team to help you bring a child into the world, look no further.


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