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Having a mother who was a home birth midwife, my path to midwifery really began during my childhood. But first, my life would see two beautiful sons born with the help of midwives and my mother. After raising my sons to adulthood, I knew it was time. I moved to Tennessee with my husband Mat from the Southwest in order to pursue midwifery training.

In June of 2019 after a 3 year long apprenticeship with my mother and midwife, Carolyn, I completed the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) exam and earned my credentials as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). In August of 2019, the state of Tennessee authorized me to practice midwifery as a CPM-TN. The time-honored tradition of passing midwifery skills from mother to daughter was complete.

On the weekends when not attending births, I am usually out with my husband rummage saling and antique shopping. We seldom buy things but enjoy the hunt for treasures.  One of our favorite things to do is seek out the many waterfalls and hiking trails in our area. 

I feel honored to work with mothers and families as they navigate through their decisions during pregnancy and birth. I have come to know so many wonderful families and am looking forward to serving parents in Chattanooga and the greater Chattanooga area for years to come.



Shalmai Hollingshead, CPM-TN


  • Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts University of New Mexico, 2018

  • Associates of Science in Midwifery National College of Midwifery, 2019


  • Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP)

  • Basic Life Support / CPR for the Healthcare Provider

  • IV and Blood Drawing

  • Birth Emergency Skills Training


  • Tennessee Midwives Association



Birth Wellness is fortunate to include three midwife assistants in the practice who alternate being on call.  Each assistant brings valuable experiences and skills to aid Shalmai and parents throughout labor and birth.


Jeanette McDonald

I have been working in Public Health for over 20 years with a focus on women's health. After the birth of my first son born at a birth center in Bali, Indonesia, that specialty evolved into birth services. I am a registered yoga teacher, certified lactation counselor, as well as a certified birth doula. I use all of my past education and experience to bring my work as a midwife assistant to Birth Wellness. It is an honor to support women and their families in their birth journey.


  • MPH


  • Certified in Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP)

  • Basic Life Support / CPR for the Healthcare Provider

  • Certified Doula (DONA), CLC,

  • Registered Yoga Teacher


Katie Kropf

My journey toward midwifery started with my desire for a natural birth with my first child. I found Birth Wellness and was so pleased with how my birth went that I have since had three more children with them. My interest in helping other women grew leaps and bounds, and since then, I have attended as many births as possible. I love all aspects of Mother and Baby Care. My passion is helping women find the childbirth experience they are looking for and providing them with the support they need to see their desires happen too. 



  • CPR AED, Adult, Child, and Infant



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Amanda Millsap

 Natural birth has been a passion of mine for about ten years now, since having my first son in a hospital and my second and third sons with Birth Wellness. I love any opportunity to discuss pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. Whether through books, personal experiences, and support groups, I am always willing and wanting to learn more! I have taken courses in health wellness and fitness, including stress management, nutrition, and community health. It is a dream come true to work next to Shalmai, and I am excited to be a part of something so empowering to women. My family and I love being outdoors. We enjoy camping, kayaking, and anything involving nature.


  • Certified in Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP)

  • CPR AED, Adult, Child, and Infant


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