Midwife Bios

Audra Karp

Audra Karp is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) who serves women in the Boston area and beyond. She began to attend births in 1998 assisting homebirth midwives in New York state, working as a case manager for pregnant and parenting teenagers, and offering doula services in the hospital. She is a skilled Seattle Midwifery School graduate with experiences in a variety of roles, in diverse populations of women at home, in the hospital, and at freestanding birth centers.

Audra brings to her practice business and organizational skills, as well as a strong herbal and nutritional background. She studied medicinal herbs, managed an herbal products business, and has also worked as a billing specialist for a midwifery billing service. She combines these skills with her midwifery passion, compassion, and understanding of women’s health issues.

Audra seeks to provide an educational and empowering experience for women and their families. Her goals are to assist women in taking their health into their own hands, help them learn about the process they are going through, and inspire them to make healthier changes in their lives for themselves and their families.

Audra has two daughters born with the help of midwives that keep her busy along with her midwifery practice.

Doula Bios

Erinn Mandeville

Erinn Mandeville is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and doula. She has lived most of her life surrounded by birth, of both the human and animal variety. She enjoys being up at any hour awaiting the magic of a new life and helping women and families to navigate the process of birth with as much ease as possible. Erinn graduated from Maternidad La Luz (’06), a MEAC accredited midwifery school where she received her midwifery and birth/postpartum doula training. She has had the honor of attending over 250 births and helping many of those families during the postpartum period as well. Erinn had a private homebirth/doula practice for four years in Alaska and worked for a year in Hyderabad, India helping to bring the modern midwifery model of care to a growing natural birthcenter there (http://healthy-mother.com). Erinn relocated to Boston in the fall of 2010 to be closer to family and relish her new role as an aunt. She has truly enjoyed all of her clients here so far as well as getting to know the birth community in the Boston area. Erinn keeps herself busy with birth/postpartum doula work and dancing. She has recently returned to school to become a Certified Nurse-Midwife.

Cate JohannessenCate Johannessen

Cate Johannessen has had a busy practice as a birth doula since 2008, when her sister-in-law asked for her support. Being present for the birth of her nephew was a life changing event, which inspired Cate to change careers. She keeps herself busy working as a birth and postpartum doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Childbirth Educator, and recently became a Registered Nurse with future plans to become a nurse midwife. She believes that birth is a natural, normal, and sacred process, which she trusts deeply. She is passionate about her work and believes in the power of information and knowledge providing the foundation for an empowering birth experience. She lives in Roslindale with her husband, two cats and a new dog.