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
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. Angela has worked as a nurse midwife in hospital, home, and birth center practices. She 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 been married for over twenty years and has three children.
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. The births of her two sons 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.
Office Nurse and Birth Assistant
Kristen is a registered nurse who recently graduated from Ivy Tech Community College with her Associates of Science in Nursing. She is currently working on her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at IUPUI. She moved to Indiana from Florida, where she was a Licensed Midwife and birth center owner. She has been attending birth in and out of the hospital for 16 years, and is passionate about educating and supporting pregnant women and their families throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. She has 4 grown children all born with Midwives, and 1 grandson! When she is not working or attending school, she enjoys time with her husband traveling to new places, & spending time with family.
Insurance and Billing Specialist
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.