Bayla Berkowitz, CNM, MSN

Founder, Charm City Midwives


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.



  • Boston University, pre-med track, 1999-2001
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Bachelors of Science in Nursing, 2001-2003
  • University of Maryland School of Nursing, Masters in Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery specialty, 2003-2007

Tanvi Avasthi (she/her/hers) is a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP-BC). She also works as an anti-racism community organizer and supports EqualHealth’s Campaign Against Racism and the Healing Histories Project. As a new midwife, she is excited to integrate her varied experiences from practicing as an emergency nurse, mentoring students as clinical faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and working as a yoga instructor to guide patients through a trauma-informed experience that centers their voices and autonomy. She hopes to work with a gender diverse community to bring excellent reproductive care to all and support people through their various transitions through life.


  • Georgetown University, Master of Science in Nursing, Midwifery and WHNP dual specialty
  • Johns Hopkins University, Master of Science in Nursing, general nursing
  • The George Washington University, Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology
  • The George Washington University, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and minor in Mind-Brain Studies
Nets Manela, Student Midwife

Nets has been attending births for the last 17 years, gradually working towards becoming a homebirth midwife while raising children, homeschooling, and expanding her knowledge and practice of natural healing modalities.  She has served as a doula, midwife assistant, and midwife under supervision for about 100 births in the DC and Baltimore areas, learning from many wise and experienced midwives and mothers along the way.  

She is currently practicing as a birth assistant and student midwife under Bayla’s supervision and intends to complete her requirements to be a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Direct Entry Midwife by 2023.

Nets also offers birth doula services and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.  You can learn more about her work and experience at

Rachell Williams, Student Midwife

Rachell is a full spectrum doula/student midwife/lactation counselor here for all of your birth and postpartum needs.  
Formally trained in 2017, Rachell was originally a nanny turned infant toddler teacher.  After receiving her 90 hr preschool teacher certificate she specialized in the 45 hr infant toddler teacher certificate and worked her way up the ladder to eventually being a early childhood center director of 70+ children.
After her own children aged out of the childcare system she decided to complete her dream of working with mothers and infants and became a full time doula specializing in preemies and multiples since she was also a former EMT and NST and trained in the Newborn  Resuscitation Program.
Now after years of supporting mothers in birth she is finally finishing her ultimate dream of becoming a Certified Professional Midwife under the National Association of Registered Midwives while completing her training and working as a birth assistant for home births.