Metro Detroit Midwives of Color

Purpose and Mission

   
Metro Detroit Midwives of Color is a non-profit professional organization, inclusive of all minority midwives that serve women in the Metro Detroit area.  Our purpose is to establish a professional and social network that increases access to resources that will enhance the care of women in urban communities.  We will enlighten and empower the community through community-based programs that address topics pertinent to the population we serve.  Our initiatives will improve the racial diversity within the midwifery community by offering mentorship and support to aspiring midwives of color.  Ultimately all of our efforts will serve to reduce the prevalence of health disparities among ethnic minorities.


Our mission is to reduce the prevalence of health disparities among minority women by infiltrating the community with relevant programs that enlighten and empower women.
       


Meet The Midwives
Char'ly R. Snow, CNM
Founder and President of Metro Detroit Midwives of Color (MDMOC)

Char'ly is a Detroit native. She graduated from Martin Luther King Jr Senior H.S and received her BSN from the University of Michigan in 2001. She joined the Henry Ford team in 2006 and has been spreading her wings ever since. In 2012, after having served diligently as a bedside nurse, nurse educator and assistant nurse manager in the Cardiovascular ICU and Surgical ICU departments, she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife. Char'ly worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Henry Ford hospital (HFH) while studying Midwifery at Wayne State University. In 2015 she completed her MSN in Midwifery and was welcomed into the HFH Midwifery team under the direct leadership of Cathy Collins-Fulea, Vice President of the American College of Nurse Midwives, where she currently serves. 

MDMOC is an extension of her commitment to serve the women of Detroit. Char'ly's vision for this organization is to provide other providers the opportunity to develop a network, irrespective of their employers, that will directly serve the needs of the community through role modeling, community based initiatives and seminars. MDMOC will also support the growth and diversification of the profession by serving as mentors for aspiring Midwifery students of color. 

She attributes her past and future successes to her faith in God and the support of her loving husband, children, family and friends.
Char'ly Snow
Founder
"We are more alike, my friends, than unalike"

-Maya Angelou
                       

~2018 Kitty Ernst ~
Award Recipient


Angela S. Foster, CNM
Co-Founder, Metro Detroit Midwives of Color (MDMOC)

Angela is a native of Mississippi.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2002 from Xavier University of Louisiana then relocated to Metro Detroit in 2002.  She received her BSN from University of Detroit Mercy in 2007 before joining Henry Ford Hospital.  Angela’s background while at Henry Ford Hospital was primarily inpatient Cardiology and later Cardiovascular Surgery Stepdown Unit. 

Angela has always had a passion for women’s health and in 2012, decided to pursue her passion as she embarked upon her journey to become a Certified Nurse Midwife.  Angela continued her nursing career in cardiovascular surgery on a part-time basis while pursuing her midwifery career at Wayne State University.  After receiving her MSN in Midwifery in 2014, she joined Wayne State University Physician Group Division of Midwifery where she continues to practice.  Angela is currently serving as the Secretary of the Michigan Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Angela has always had a deep passion for empowering women and families through education and mentorship.  MDMOC will help to serve as a platform to continue to empower the families served in Metro Detroit. 

In her spare time, Angela enjoys spending time with her family and her two wonderful boys!
    
Angela Foster
Co-founder
"One women can make a difference but together we can rock the world."

-Unknown
Natalie Woods
Co-Founder
Natalie Woods
Co-founder
"The best way to succed is to discover what you love and than find a way to offer it to others in the form of service".

-Oprah Winfrey
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Natalie Woods,  CNM
Co-Founder, Metro Detroit Midwives of Color (MDMOC)


Natalie Woods is a Detroit native, who started her nursing career in 2003 at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit. After 8 years of service she transferred to Wayne State University School of Medicine to perform OB research within  the infectious disease department. The research she participated in specialized in HIV in pregnancy and postpartum medication regimes. It was there she developed her love for prevention and treatment of HIV.


Natalie’s passion to provide full scope care to her obstetrical patients lead her to pursue further education in midwifery. In 2015 Natalie obtained a Master’s of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Advance Practice Nursing with Women, Neonates and Children. She began practicing as a certified nurse midwife in 2016 at Hutzel Women’s Hospital OB triage unit. Where she continues her commitment to her patients and the population that she serves.

She loves being a mother, midwife and friend. Enjoys life and approaches it with a positive outlook, finding good in any situation. Professional affiliations include member of American College of Nurse Midwifery, Sigma Theta Tau member, Co-founder of Metro Detroit Midwives of Color.

Natalie is involved in various community programs such a Mom’s In Motion (HIV support group for women), MHPPPI which focuses on provider education on advancement of HIV prevention and reduction, and also provides mentorship for aspiring midwives.

One of her favorite quotes is “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” Which explains her relentless passion and drive for continuous personal and career growth.