Leigh Ann Joel, BSN, CNM
Leigh Ann joined Regional Midwifery in March 2012, and describes her career as a calling and knew when she was nine years old that she wanted to deliver babies. She completed her BSN at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1991, and worked as an L&D, and Women’s Health RN and childbirth educator until she graduated from Baystate Medical Center's Nurse Midwifery Education program in Springfield, MA in 1999.
Leigh Ann practiced full-scope midwifery in Florida before moving to Durham in 2007. She worked in Chapel Hill at Women’s Birth and Wellness Center; a freestanding birth center, caring for low-risk women who desire out-of-hospital birth. Leigh Ann has learned many tricks and alternatives for pregnancy discomforts and for helping babies out. She also has extensive experience with breastfeeding support. With the midwifery model of care, she enjoys providing personalized care, and empowering women to make their own informed choices in childbirth. Leigh Ann enjoys seeing the families she supports in her own community. She enjoys spending time with family, food, coffee, dance, and broadway.