Midwife Crystal

Crystal Bailey CNM, MSN, ND

Education

  • 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

Crystal's Story

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!  I try to keep myself centered in my faith and reliance on guidance from God in this sacred work. 

“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. I feel called to 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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Meet the team

Midwife Priscilla


Priscilla Hall CNM, PhD is a researcher and teacher at Emory's Nursing and Midwifery program. She is passionate about physiologic birth, women's experiences, and the safety of waterbirth. She enjoys the opportunity to be a part of true midwifery care because it is soul-filling. Priscilla works PRN, filling in as needed, both as my midwife sub and as my cat sitter! She lives in my neighborhood :-)

Here you can see her in the article: 

Midwife researcher Priscilla Hall encourages women’s personal power in labor


Priscilla Hall CNM, PhD


Education

  • Emory University, Doctor of Nursing, 2015
  • Univ of Philadelphia, Master of Nursing, Midwifery
  • Biola University, Bachelors in Nursing

 Birth Assistant Mary

Mary Hanks is my birth soul-mate. We found each other at a birth a few years ago, she as a doula and me as the midwife, and have been loving working alongside each other since. We're always on the same page about what we can do to help move a baby's position for easier birth, or comfort measures for the mother. She was easy to train as a birth assistant and stays calm as a cucumber to be whatever is needed in the moment. You'll love her warm presence and intentional care. She also deals with all the birth pool rental stuff and does a lot of the 37wk home visits to prepare for birthing. 

In 2023 she's getting her certification in the BodyReadyMethod because we said, "Mary you have to! You're the guru on moving babies in labor and a former YMCA exercise instructor!" She's also a grandma, a gardener, and an artist.  Aren't you excited your MM birth fees are getting you this amazing birth team member?! (we don't use students for our birth team like many practices). 

Nurse Lauren

Lauren Noonan is another team member I picked up at a birth! We had a physician client using a former L&D nurse as a doula and I said, "oh no." Turns out these hippies are just one of us. When Lauren's not busy with her kiddos or on a family travel adventure, she helps me keep inventory stocked, tackle admin tasks... and she's the friendly email face that filters the inquiries. Lauren assists birth some too. She'll be a homebirth momma fall 2023 to a sweet baby girl! 

Mentee Midwife Sara

Sara Stone CNM is another friendly midwife face you may see at visits or births. In summer 2023 I decided it was time for me to provide a mentorship opportunity for the next generation of midwives. Sara answered the post, and we've invited her to glean from us the wisdom and practice of holistic midwifery, which is surprisingly very hard for CNMs to get mentorship in! Sara also went to Emory and was in the same fellowship as me and has a passion for international work too, so we're hoping to save her from getting too brainwashed and burned out by the hospital practices.

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