Meet Our Midwives

All of our midwives at Intown Midwifery are Certified Nurse Midwives. CNMs offer obstetric and gynecological services similar to Obstetricians as primary healthcare providers for women, but often offer different methodologies and results. CNMs practice in hospitals, birth centers or at home, and have extensive, post-graduate training both in nursing and midwifery. Our CNMs are certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Margaret Strickhouser
Margaret StrickhouserFounder / Certified Nurse Midwife
Margaret Strickhouser has been a Certified Nurse Midwife for over 45
years and was the first midwife to do a water birth at a hospital in the
state of GA. Over her career, she has built a following of clients and
has guided countless midwives with her sharp knowledge and brilliant
intuition. She founded Intown Midwifery in 2010 and co-founded the
Atlanta Birth Center to further expand birthing options in Atlanta.
Kirsten Blomberg
Kirsten BlombergCertified Nurse Midwife
Kirsten is a Certified Nurse Midwife with a passion for public health. She has
a graduate degree in Public Health Nursing from Johns Hopkins University
School of Nursing and a Post Graduate Certificate focused in Nurse
Midwife/Nursing Midwifery from Shenandoah University. Kirsten served in
the Peace Corps and practiced midwifery all over the world before
joining our team in 2021.
Michelle Arp
Michelle ArpCertified Nurse Midwife
Michelle’s interest in women’s health developed after she entered the nursing program at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She received her certificate of midwifery in 1995 from Rutgers University in New Jersey, graduating suma cum laude. Since 1996, Michelle has gained a great deal of experience with high and low risk pregnancies as well as well-woman gynecological care. In 2014 Michelle completed a Master of Science in Midwifery degree through Philadelphia University.
Christy Watkins
Christy WatkinsCertified Nurse Midwife
Christy has worked as a post partum home nurse for the Atlanta Birth
Center, a labor and delivery nurse at Grady hospital and is also
certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
(IBCLC). This is a specialized certification that is awarded to those
with expertise in caring for breastfeeding families.

For the past 11 years, Christy has gained experience in emergency and
critical care nursing in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s
Healthcare of Atlanta. She is absolutely passionate about caring for
families as a whole unique unit and this led her to obtaining a
specialty in Certified Nurse Midwifery and joining our team.

Nicole Madalon
Nicole MadalonCertified Nurse Midwife
Nicole Madalon earned her BSN at Emory University in 2006 and is a 2013
graduate from Frontier Nursing University with her MSN in Midwifery. She
has 8 years of experience as a labor and delivery, postpartum, high-risk
OB nurse before becoming a full-time midwife. Since beginning her career
in 2014 at a birth center in O’Fallon, MO, she has been able to serve
women in the home, hospital, and birth center setting.

Our Back-Up

Cherise JamesOB/GYN
Dr. Cherise James is our collaborating physician. She provides pregnancy and GYN care in the office and acts as our back-up physician when we attend births at the hospital. We consider ourselves beyond fortunate that Dr. James is a part of our team; her support for the midwifery model of care and her gentle approach as a physician is a rare and beautiful combination. Her support allows us to be one of the top VBAC providers in Atlanta with a success rate of 85%! Dr. James graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine, completed her residency with the University of Maryland and fellowship with Emory University. She has 20+years of experience as an OB/GYN.

Attending Births at Atlanta Medical Center

Birthing tubs available for each room, in addition to the bathroom and shower in each birthing suite.
There are no restrictions on eating or drinking in early labor.
Children are welcomed (and encouraged) to attend births with a proper guardian.
Mothers can have up to three guests in the birthing suite.
Monitoring is done on an intermittent basis for most patients.
Mothers are encouraged to labor in whatever positions are comfortable.
The hospital now has a minimal separation policy between mother and baby.
There are two Pediatrician groups that practice out of the hospital. One of these pediatricians will examine and discharge your baby after delivery. Once discharged, you can continue care with the pediatrician of your choice.

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Meet Margaret Strickhouser

Born & raised in Charlotte, NC. Went to nursing school at same hospital I was born at. Went to midwifery school in NY. Worked in Kentucky 3 years before coming back to Atlanta to work with Dr. Richard Stewart at The Birthing Center in Douglas General Hospital, Douglasville, GA. First private practice in Atlanta to have CNMs delivering in hospital. After 12 & 1/2 years there, practiced at North Fulton Regional Hospital, where I introduced hospital Waterbirth in 1999. August 2009 opened Intown Midwifery at AMC.

Our Approach to Care

Natural Childbirth Support
for Three Generations of Women

Margaret on Birthing in Georgia in the 70s

In those days, women who wanted something different had to have a homebirth or come to the Birthing Center in Douglasville, which was the obstetrical unit of the Douglas General Hospital. Dr. Richard Stewart and three midwives were the only providers that did births there. We were doing birth differently, it was very much like a birth center with lots of natural births and women going home 6-8 hours after having the baby. We had tons of women coming to us. At one point we were doing 50 births a month and it was all word of mouth. So other hospitals started looking at us, like how do we do that? So then Northside got one birthing room. Then, eventually, all the hospitals had birthing rooms and they all hired nurse midwives. But the doctors would still practice the same way. It was like they were thinking, women are wanting something different, so we’ll give it to them. But they didn’t get what it was.

Margaret on Today’s Birthing Environment

“Now there is awareness, a conversation for change, and the understanding back up of medical professionals and doctors who work for change and protect women in their birth experience. We are for the safest, most beautiful birth possible and will always strive to make all your options readily available and educate you with compassion to make the healthiest choices.”

Our Services

Meet Our Supporting Staff

“Kristie doing patient intake was welcoming and informative. The front desk staff was courteous, lab techs were a highlight of each visit and of course the midwives were excellent. I didn’t care who I saw, I enjoyed them all and felt cared for to the highest degree.”

– Lana Elizabeth

Barbara Grissum
Barbara GrissumFront Desk Administrator
Barbara Grissum is our front desk administrator and has been apart of
our team since 2012. Her gentle heart and loving support make her a
calming presence at Intown. She attended many births as a client
advocate prior to starting with us and ran her own business for 25
years. We benefit greatly from her organization skills and keen eye for
Kristie Picklesimer
Kristie PicklesimerPatient Coordinator
Kristie Picklesimer is our Patient Coordinator and joined Intown
Midwifery in 2012 when her background in healthcare administration and
facilitation of sacred spaces for women converged. Kristie processes all
of our new patients and guides potential clients in the transfer
process. She is a gifted listener and bridges the communication
throughout our organization.

Tiffany Tiller
Tiffany TillerRegistered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Tiffany is the Ultrasound Sonographer of Intown Midwifery. She has worked in sonography for 21 years, with a specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Tiffany is certified with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography; and has spent majority of her career working in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, as well as some time in Neonatal Cranial Sonography and General sonography. As part of Intown Midwifery,Tiffany has worked hard to create an intimate and comfortable ultrasound experience for each family.
Jackie Bonny
Jackie BonnyMedical Assistant
Jackie Bonny is our Medical Assistant and joined the team in 2016. She
has an extensive background working in healthcare and loves hearing
birth stories, connecting with patients and is a trained doula. Her
bright smile and contagious laughter bring joy to our office.

“I delivered both my children with Intown Midwifery (2011 and 2015). I loved the compassionate care I received in pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum. It is great to have water birth available for those who chose to do so as well. I also appreciated the care I received at Atlanta Medical Center and found the staff to be competent, warm, and friendly. I highly recommend Intown Midwifery.”

Christina Hodgen
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