About UsSacred Roots Midwifery, LLC provides exceptional nurse-midwifery care supporting women and their families towards optimal health and empowered birth in central Indiana’s only free-standing birth center.
Sacred Roots Midwifery, LLC provides exceptional, personalized, woman and family-centered care to a large and diverse clientele in central Indiana. Recognized for providing the highest quality of safe and individualized care, SRM fosters a community of cooperation and collaboration across health care systems. SRM is a central hub for women and their families to access pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, and holistic women’s health care education, support, and services.
Sacred Roots believes that pregnancy and birth are normal, natural processes rather than medical events. We believe that home and birth center birth are safe, holistic options for healthy, low risk women and their newborns when attended by a skilled provider.
- We believe in empowering the women we serve to take the primary role as decision makers for the health care needs of their families.
- We believe in evidence based practice and provide our clients with the latest scientific evidence to support an informed choice.
- We believe that minimal or no intervention is optimal care for low risk women who have no complications.
- We believe that the nurse-midwife’s role is one of health partner, guide, and guardian of normal life processes including pregnancy and birth. A nurse-midwife is a master’s level Advanced Practice Nurse who is a safe, skilled practitioner of women’s health care and has easy access to the medical community for consultation, referral, or transfer of care as needed.
- We believe that when women are empowered to make informed decisions in their health care they then empower their children and partners which leads to improvement of the health and wellbeing of the family and community. We believe this can start with the education, care, and advocacy provided by their nurse-midwives.
Meet the Sacred Roots Team
Mary is a graduate from Taylor University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. She is also a licensed Health Facility Administrator in the State of Indiana. She brings lots of knowledge of Finance and Business Administration to the Sacred Roots Midwifery team. She is looking forward to seeing all the beautiful faces of motherhood and their tiny babies in the years to come. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and family from the northern part of Indiana whenever possible.
Clinical Director and Nurse Midwife
Angela Lyttle, MSN, CNM is a 2012 Frontier Nursing University graduate. She completed her undergraduate nursing degree at Indiana University-Purdue University in 2003. Since completing her master’s degree, Angela has worked for a hospital based midwifery practice providing care for an at-risk population in inner-city Indianapolis. Prior to midwifery, Angela worked as a labor and delivery and postpartum nurse for 8 years in both Fort Wayne and inner-city Indianapolis. Angela is passionate about partnering with women for optimal health. Angela believes that when women are educated about their bodies and given the information that they need to make informed decisions, this optimizes the health of the woman and creates empowerment. Ultimately, when women are empowered, this elevates the well-being of their children, families, and communities. Angela has an interest in integrative/functional medicine and continues to learn and grow in this area. She has a specific interest in food as medicine and food allergies. Angela has been married to the love of her life for 20 years. They have three fantastic children together, and the last was born in a hospital with a midwife.
Ame’s BA was in Women’s Health Science with a minor in Spanish. She worked in a women’s health clinic and studied midwifery in a birth center. As a certified midwife, she attended birth at the birth center, then later worked in a home birth practice. After completing her MSN/CNM degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2002, she moved to Indianapolis and worked in a hospital based practice. She has been attending births for 23 years and says it never loses its magic. Every birth is unique and amazing. She believes in empowering women and families through pregnancy and beyond as they and their families grow. She has had two beautiful babies, both water babies born at home. She is a strong supporter of breastfeeding and did extended breastfeeding with her children. She is always up for a new adventure, whether it is running a marathon, traveling, or learning to knit a sweater. But her favorite activity is laying in a hammock, snuggling with her children, and reading a book.
Megan McDonald, MSN, CNM is a 2012 graduate of the University of Kansas Nurse Midwifery program. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2006 from Olivet Nazarene University. As a nurse, Megan worked at Wyandotte County Health Department in Kansas City, KS and then at Mercy and Truth Medical Missions Birth Center. In 2013 Megan moved home to Indiana to begin her career as a midwife. For 5 years she worked in a large hospital based practice in downtown Indianapolis. Megan is passionate about supporting and protecting the women and children of Indiana. She is active in the Indiana ACNM Affiliate and is committed to promoting midwifery across the state. She is also excited to offer integrated care to women seeking an alternative to the traditional model of care. Her specific interests include mindfulness, movement and nutrition. She is also enrolled in Aviva Romm’s Herbal Medicine for Women Class, and is interested in learning more about the use of herbs and plants for healing and supporting health. Megan has been married to her husband Brandon for 10 years. They have 3 children; Nora, Grace and Joel who were all born in the water, but out of the hospital. When she is not catching babies, Megan enjoys cooking, swimming and doing yoga.
Kerista Hansell, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, C-EFM
CQI Coordinator and Birth Assistant
Lisa Warner, RN
Office Nurse and Birth Assistant
Lisa Warner is a registered nurse who has been providing birth and postpartum support to Indianapolis families since earning her BSN from Marian University in 2014. Her passion for birth work developed from an intellectual curiosity in the historical and cultural variations in birth as a graduate student in Sociology at Indiana University. Lisa considers herself a lifelong learner and has pursued additional education and training in childbirth education, lactation support, high-risk obstetrics, and perinatal bereavement. She is married to her high school sweetheart, and they live in Indianapolis with their two sons. Her personal natural birth experiences, first in a hospital and then at home, reinforced Lisa’s belief in the beauty and power of birth in shaping the lives of women and their families. When she is not working, Lisa enjoys reading, photography, and exploring the world with her family.
Grace Dible, BSN
Office Nurse and Birth Assistant
Grace graduated with a BS in Biology from Marian University in 2011 and a BSN from the University of Miami in 2015. She first started working with mothers as a certified doula in 2013. Working as a doula made her realize how important it is for every woman to feel supported in her birth. Grace hopes to continue serving women in the Indianapolis community and has plans to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. In her spare time, Grace likes enjoying live music with her husband and biking the Cultural Trail and Monon.
Brittany Collins, RN
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Brittany Collins, BSN, RN moved to the Indiana area less than a year ago. She completed her undergraduate nursing degree at Wright State University. Her passion for birth started at an early age with witnessing family members and friends at various ages in their own birthing stories. It was important for Brittany to work in a culturally diverse workplace, where women are empowered to have the birthing options they desire, and to be an integral component of care optimization for women in the community. She enjoys time with loved ones, the outdoors, and traveling. Brittany has been a labor and delivery, post-partum, and high-risk labor nurse for 4 years, and has goals of becoming a Certified Nurse- Midwife. She will be married to her sweetheart in August 2018!
Insurance and Billing Specialist
Kassondra is and experienced front office coordinator and biller/coder. She has and Associates Degree in Medical Reimbursement from Harrison College and is a Certified Medical Coder. Kassondra is married with 3 children and 2 dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, camping, and coaching various youth sports.
Rachel Melson graduated from Ball State University with a BS in Sociology. After birthing two children with Victoria and Angela, one at home and one at Sacred Roots Birth Center, she fell in love with the philosophy and purpose of midwifery care. Rachel believes every family should feel confident and empowered throughout the pregnancy and birth process, and that all families deserve compassionate and informed care. She is happiest when she is supporting people and works to create collaboration and efficiency, enabling progress and growth. She has a passion for people all around, but has a deep love for pregnancy, birth, and the joy of the journey.
When she’s not chasing her husband and three children around, she enjoys any and all things Harry Potter, crafting, journaling, laughing with friends and family, and generally finding the simple joys in life, like coffee or avocado toast. Rachel enjoys all forms of human talent, from painting to swimming to the obscure ability of celebrity voice recognition (which she happens to posses). She also has a special affinity for puns and considers being punny a pure work of art.
Rachel is overjoyed to have joined the incredible team at Sacred Roots and looks forward to learning and growing with all of them.