Crystal Bailey CNM, MSN, ND
- Institute for Functional Medicine, practitioner course 2020
- Trinity School of Natural Health, Doctorate of Naturopathy, 2019
- Emory University, Master of Nursing, Midwifery, 2007
- Emory University, Bachelor of Nursing, 2006
- Taylor University, Bachelor of Science, Biology, 2003
I started my path toward midwifery at Emory University, enrolling in the nursing and global health tract. After finding myself fascinated while reading about the physiology of the pregnant body, I enrolled in the Nurse Midwife program, though not fully aware of what a midwife does. Years later, she can confidently say that I was meant to become a midwife. My life goals of coming alongside people through difficult times, of providing holistic and hands-on care, and of caring about the empowerment of women all fit this special profession. I also hold a prior degree in Biology from Taylor University, and have never gotten over my fascination with plants- you’ll see many in my house!
After graduation as a Nurse Midwife, I worked in Cookeville TN, attending hospital and birth center births. Thereafter, I followed my love for Africa and taught midwives for a year in Malawi and worked as a midwife in a Doctors without Borders hospital in South Sudan. In 2015, I returned and studied perinatal massage and worked briefly at Madisonville TN’s rural birth center. I also worked as a Labor, Postpartum and Baby nurse at Emory and in Macon. In 2016, I returned to Atlanta to help open Atlanta Birth Center. After a few years, I transitioned away to work with refugee women and worked overnight as a baby nurse at people’s homes. I finished a Doctorate in Naturopathy in 2019. You’ll also find me occasionally guest teaching at Emory University, my alma mater, and in 2019 I taught maternity simulation lab. I opened Moonlight Midwifery in 2019, and am excited to be living out my lifelong dream of attending home-sweet-homebirth. In 2020 I got a commercial space in Oakhurst to offer women’s health and functional medicine services, and I call this branch of my practice “Wild Herb.”
My hobbies include gardening, tennis, hiking, writing, pottery and traveling. I have a cat, “Lizzie.” On weekends you’ll find me at the local farmers market and volunteering to keep the coffee carafes full at church. I’ve been involved in the foster community, and this is why I have a “kids room” in my house.
I’m really glad I listened to the whispers telling me not to go to medical school long ago. This path of being a midwife has been enriching, sometimes hard, and yet fully embodies the gifting of who I am- what an incredible thing to be a midwife!
“Birth and babies have taught me over and over that all they need is gentle support, calm presence and keen observation, with the ability to help in those few cases that need our skilled hands and interventions. I have not seen more and become more scared; instead, I have become more aware of the sacred and filled with respect for an innate process. Therefore, I will protect the journey of a mother and baby through this sacred space, and there is no better place than home to be undisturbed.”
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