Elaine Becker, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife, Owner
Elaine is a certified nurse midwife having practiced in hospital, home, and birth center settings for over 20 years. She originally graduated from Idaho State University in 1979 with a bachelor of science degree. As a nurse, she worked in the emergency room, on a helicopter flight team, on the labor and delivery unit, and throughout hospitals. She later returned to school to complete her master of science degree in nursing and became a certified nurse midwife through Frontier Nursing Service. She has delivered approximately 3,000 babies. Her experiences include both high and low risk mothers.
In 2006, Elaine opened the first licensed birth center in the state of Montana and helped author the legislation that now governs nurse midwives and birth centers throughout the state. Currently, she is practicing at the Family Birth Center, LLC in Great Falls. Elaine has found this to be the perfect situation for providing personal and private care. Many women choose the birth center for their ideal birth experience. Elaine enjoys helping families bring new children into the world in a positive way befitting the great gift of life.
Although a Wisconsin native, she has lived out west for most of her life. She and her husband of 40 years have happily settled in Great Falls. Elaine’s children (all girls!) and grandchildren (all boys!) live throughout Montana.
Brianna St. Lawrence
Office Manager, Certified Lactation Counselor, and Birth Assist
Brianna has been with the Family Birth Center since the doors opened in October of 2008. Since that time, she has developed a huge heart for nurturing new mothers and their babies. In 2010, she became a part of the birth assist team and also got certified as a lactation counselor through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. Brianna uses her knowledge and education to support new moms right after birth with initiating breastfeeding and also with continuous support and home visits. In 2015, Brianna completed the process of getting certified as a DONA doula and is currently enrolled in college to pursue a nursing degree.
When not at the birth center, Brianna can be found spending time with her 4 favorite tiny humans, Alexander, Calista, Zeke and Zola and her husband of over 10 years, Dan. As a family they enjoy spending time outdoors, trips to the library and jumping in knee deep into craft projects.
My name is Joanna. I am the first born of 5 children to Vern and Jenny Greyn of Dutton, MT. I attended Dutton Public School till the 7 th grade and then attended Christian Liberty Academy, as a homeschooler, until I graduated in 2013. Growing up in our house was always an adventure. One thing we were always sure of was that we were loved. They instilled in us as children the importance of love, honesty, respect, and work ethic.
I married my husband Mike Miller in 2004. Two years later, much to our excitement, we found out we were pregnant. I began seeing a midwife, but my sister back in Washington encouraged me to see if we had a Birth Center close by. When I was 7 months along, I heard someone talking about the Family Birth Center. This made me inquisitive so I decided to meet with Elain. It was the best decision I have ever made. It was an awesome experience! We have had all three of our boys, Phoenix (9), Brayden (6), and Blake (4), with Elaine. She is very professional, calming, and experienced.
I have been helping at the Family Birth Center since February of 2016 and it has been one of the most humbling, exciting things I have done. It has resulted in my decision to go to College for nursing. I have started at Great Falls College MSU and hope to transfer to Bozeman for a BSN in Nursing. Along with school, in our free time, we like to camp, hike, and fish. Phoenix has dabbled in some Taekwondo and we all love to swim.
Birth Assist & Midwife Apprentice
Amanda Osborne is a birth assistant, midwife apprentice, and childbirth educator who lives in Helena with her husband Luke and their three young daughters. Amanda began serving the birth community in 2009 when she became a certified Bradley Method Instructor. In that role she has taught dozens of classes and impacted over 250 students with information, techniques, experiences, and compassion that have empowered women through birth. As a doula, Amanda also provides coaching and critical birth support to Helena couples.
Amanda has a unique background and skillset with a passion to serve the Montana birth community. She is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a former Air Force pilot with over 1,200 hours as a pilot-in- command of the UH-1N “Huey.” She has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in environmental engineering and currently consults part-time as an engineer with a firm in Helena.
Amanda strives to bring her ability to manage pressure under-fire, attention to detail, integrity, and leadership into her role at The Family Birth Center. Amanda feels a passionate calling to birth work and she began formal midwifery education and clinical training in 2015. She is enrolled as a student at Midwives College of Utah, where she will graduate in December 2017 with a degree in Midwifery Science; and thereafter hopes to open a birth center in Helena.
In her “free” time, you are likely find Amanda enjoying Helena’s beautiful trail network on her mountain bike, gasping to keep up with her girls on the ski trails, or just catching her breath in the company of good friends.
Donna Sanders has devoted her life to women, children, and healthcare. Since 2010, she has served as the Childbirth Educator and birth assist at the Family Birth Center. As a mother of four, she knows a thing or two about birthing babies! Donna also served as the Perinatal Education Coordinator for Pondera Medical Center in Conrad, MT for several years, and holds an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Counselor).
In addition to her special focus on childbirth education and women’s health, Donna is also certified as an Emergency Medical Responder and Certified Nurses Aid. She holds an Associates of Science degree and is currently in her third year at Montana State University’s College of Nursing pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
Donna has assisted in over 200 births, and gave birth to a son (2012) and daughter (2016) at the Family Birth Center. Her experiences on both sides of the birthing process have provided her with valuable insights that have refined her extensive training in birth breathing techniques, relaxation, positioning, massage, and newborn care. She takes extraordinary pleasure in sharing her experience and knowledge with other women and families.
In her spare time, Donna lives a very family-oriented life with her husband, three daughters, and one son on their farm outside of Brady, MT.
Donna says, “The services that the Family Birth Center provides are like no other. After working in healthcare for the last decade, I have experienced many facets of the healthcare industry, both as a patient and provider. Elaine goes above and beyond for her patients, and the nurturing, caring, and loving atmosphere created by Elaine was such a critical component of the birth of my son and daughter at the Family Birth Center. Working side by side with Elaine I know I can trust her keen instincts and skills without hesitation. Central Montana is my home, and the Family Birth Center is part of my family. I am honored and grateful to be a part of the team.”
Sarah Carper joined the Family Birth Center team in 2015, but she is no stranger to the birth center having delivered her last four children with Elaine. Sarah is a Montana native and loves to call Fairfield home where she and her husband, Merv, run a successful flooring business. Being a mother to her five children, Reegan, Ryder, Brodie, Emersyn, and Leger, has turned Sarah into an amazing multitasker, superb taxi driver, expert cheerleader at any of her children’s sporting events, and an excellent fixer of any owie, scrape or heartache. Most importantly though, being a mother has given her great patience and love for the process of bringing up a family.
Sarah is excited to be a part of the birth center team because she is a huge advocate for women and their choices in healthcare. She is also a strong believer in the power, strength, and courage of a woman’s spirit.