At Indian Creek, our team consists of licensed midwives, registered nurses, birth assistants, birth educators and office staff who will provide you with personalized, respectful care. We join you on your journey and walk hand in hand with you every step of the way.
Lisa Benedetto is a Certified Nurse Midwife who first began practicing midwifery in Boulder, Colorado where she lived the majority of her adult years. Although, she was born in upstate NY, she often says she grew into womanhood in Boulder, moving there at the age of 18 and residing there for over 26 years.
Lisa’s interest in the birth world began following the birth of her daughter in 1995 which was attended by a midwife in a community hospital setting. In 1997, Lisa became a DONA certified doula attending home and hospital births in Colorado. Lisa graduated from Colorado University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s in Nursing and worked as a labor and delivery nurse at University Hospital in Denver. At this time, she also had the opportunity to work as a nurse at the first freestanding birth center in Colorado, Mountain Midwifery Center. Ultimately, this is when her love with the birth center model and the dream of opening a freestanding birth center first began.
Lisa went on to complete a Master’s of Science in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in 2009. Since then, she has practiced midwifery in the states of Colorado, Pennsylvania and New York and has had extensive birth experience in both the hospital and out-of-hospital community birth settings.
Lisa has attended over 1000 births and supported many more laboring mothers along the way. She is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM) and the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC). Lisa has also worked on state legislative committees, led midwifery grant development teams and has been a midwife preceptor to many aspiring midwives along the way. Supporting physiologic birth and assisting women to make informed decisions are a few of the important values that help guide Lisa’s midwifery practices. After many years of dreaming to open a birth center in order to expand birth setting options, encourage empowered birth experiences and honor the ancient art of midwifery, it’s finally happening! Lisa is thrilled to offer her services and accessibility to a freestanding birth center in the Finger Lakes Region!
Jenifer Hopkins, Doula, Birth Assistant, Aspiring CPM
Jenifer fell in love with midwifery when her childhood friend had her baby at The Farm, with Ina May Gaskin as her midwife and gifted her with a copy of Spiritual Midwifery. Upon reading that book, Jenifer felt she should give birth herself, in order to better understand helping other women through pregnancy and birth. That happily led to two babies of her own, each born at home with a midwife and an ensuing 17 years of homeschooling, homesteading, Suzuki violin and traditional Irish music!
During those years, Jenifer pursued her midwifery dreams, studying The Art of Midwifery 9 month series course led by Joanne Dozor, CPM, and becoming a certified Doula with DONA. She attended many births during those years and was active in her local birth and childrearing community. In 2015, when her daughter moved to Ireland to make her living playing the fiddle and her son started attending public school in order to play soccer, Jenifer stepped into a long held dream of completing a midwifery apprenticeship. For six months, Jenifer lived, worked, studied and practiced in a 24/7 apprenticeship with Rising Moon Midwifery, a home birth practice located in Chester Springs, PA.
Upon returning home to the Finger Lakes Region, Jenifer has happily worked as a birth assistant, attending births for local community midwives. Jenifer is thrilled to be working with Lisa and delighted to bring her trust and respect of natural birth to you!
Social Media & Content Manager
Katie is a yoga teacher, social media expert, and most importantly…a new mama! She gave birth to her first son Elliott in June 2020 at home with Lisa as her midwife. She is thrilled that Lisa has opened a birth center in Ithaca so that better, inclusive, and loving care is available to the greater Ithaca community.
Katie has worked with several brands on building and maintaining content for their social media platforms. She believes having a strong social media presence allows for a special way to build and connect to a larger community. When she works on social media content, she wants it to feel informative yet relatable — like the post is speaking directly to you!
When she is not playing, nursing, or napping with Elliott, Katie also teaches yoga in Ithaca. She received her 200-Hour Teaching Certification after a 3 week long intensive yoga teacher training in the deep mountains of Tennessee in 2018. Upon returning back to Ithaca, she immediately continued her education and received an additional 20-Hour Teaching Certification in Yin Yoga. Her specialty is yin yoga but also teaches vinyasa and restorative yogas. She is currently pursuing her prenatal and postnatal yoga teaching certification.
Other things Katie enjoys include: herbal tinctures, walking her dog, watching Netflix, cooking, and talking about all things PREGNANCY, BIRTH, AND BEYOND!