Who we are
The Charm City Midwives are a group of four women who are specifically trained to prepare for and attend home births. Homebirth safety is very important to us as individual midwives and as a team; everything we do is focused on providing evidence-based, individualized care that addresses a family’s specific needs. All studies have shown that continuity of care and a relationship with a known midwife is the single most important factor in birth safety- which we are privileged to be able to provide each of our clients whether they birth at home or if they need to receive higher levels of care from physicians.
We strive to provide compassionate, holistic, and culturally-sensitive midwifery care, guided by the Midwives Model of Care,™ to every family who seeks it, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Bayla Berkowitz, CNM, MSN
Founder, Charm City Midwives
- Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Boston University, 2001-2003
- Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, 1999-2001
- Masters in Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery specialty, University of Maryland School of Nursing, 2003-2007
I have been a Certified Nurse Midwife since January 2008. I began my career as a hospital midwife and transitioned to home birth in 2015 with my popular and successful solo practice, A Better Birth Midwifery.
I believe pregnancy and childbirth are natural, healthy processes and that the mother knows her body best and can best make her own decisions based on comprehensive information and education. I am here to facilitate the process and ensure a healthy, positive outcome.
Student Midwife, Birth Assistant
Tova Brody is a certified birth assistant, student midwife, and doula. After experiencing the beauty of midwifery care and having an incredible birth with her first child in 2011, she wanted to give back to the birth community. She became an enthusiastic birth activist and still currently volunteers with Maryland Families for Safe Birth, an organization that works to improve the maternal healthcare system for Maryland Families. After being asked to attend friends’ births to help assist them during the laboring process, she quickly realized that birthwork was her calling.
Tova firmly believes in empowering women and families and is passionate about ensuring they feel supported during every step of their pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum journeys.
She has apprenticed with two Baltimore-area midwifery practices, studying to become a Certified Professional Midwife. In addition to that, she educates families on natural parenting topics including pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, babywearing, and cloth diapering. She also runs a Baltimore breastmilk bank.
- National College of Midwifery, Certified Professional Midwife (anticipated 2020)
Student Midwife, Birth Assistant, Placenta Encapsulator
I first experienced pregnancy and birth while living in Togo, West Africa. I was drawn to the innate power and wisdom that birth demanded and began to learn everything I could about the process.
I believe my role as a midwife as an information-giver, emotional cheerleader and creator of physical spaces of safety. I enjoy building trusting relationships with my clients and witnessing the incredible
love and strength of each family at each birth.
I attended Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgton, Maine, and
apprenticed with three homebirth practices in the Baltimore area. I
also worked as a student at the Mabel Wadsworth Center in Bangor, Maine and at Shiphrah Birthing Home in the Philippines.
I live in Baltimore with my two cats, Placenta and Polenta. I enjoy sleeping through the night, sourdough bread and hiking.
Birthwise Midwifery School, Certified Professional Midwife (anticipated 2019)
Nikki Williams, CLC, EMT
Birth Assistant, Lactation Counselor,
Nikki took the long way to birth work – spending six years in the USAF as a translator, then five years as a defense contractor in computer forensics. Then she chose to have her first and only baby with midwives, which changed her life. She had always been obsessed with birth but didn’t hear “the call” until she got to know one of her baby’s breastmilk donors who had had a traumatic birth- and she knew that she could be the change this mom needed. Nikki first trained as a DONA International Certified Doula and was later encouraged to begin midwifery studies by the student midwife who served that donor in a healing VBAC. Seven years, three countries, four apprenticeships and around 150 births later, here we are.
Nikki’s philosophy on midwifery is heavily influenced by the two years she spent apprenticing under the Yorkshire Storks Independent Midwifery Practice in England. Under their guidance, she was able to witness traditional midwifery practiced with the birthing family and their individual needs and human rights as the only focus, without arbitrary laws or regulations affecting care decisions.
She loves to knit in the corner and help parents catch their own babies!
Nikki is a Certified Lactation Counselor and can provide extra lactation support in the early days and whenever it is needed.
Nikki is also a published professional birth photographer and is happy to photograph Charm City Midwives births at a special discount- check her out at bedheadbirth.com!
- National Midwifery Institute, Certified Professional Midwife (anticipated 2020)
- Certified Lactation Counselor, Healthy Children Project, 2014-2021
- Placenta Arts Specialist, Association of Placenta Preparation Arts, 2017-2021
- Master of Science, Forensic Studies, Stevenson University, 2008
- Emergency Medical Technician, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, 2018-2020