Meet the Saint Peter’s Midwives Hero

Meet the Saint Peter’s Midwives

Katelyn Rasmus Midwife

Katelyn Rasmus, CNM, MSN, RNC-OB, CEFM
Midwifery Clinical Director
Katelyn Rasmus is a certified nurse-midwife and the midwifery clinical director at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Rutgers University. She then went on to earn a Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University, the longest continuously enrolling midwifery program in the United States.

“It is an honor to support those who trust the certified nurse-midwives at Saint Peter’s with their health care. Ever since I was a young girl, I knew I wanted to be involved in ‘catching babies,’ even before I knew what that meant! I am grateful and privileged to be part of a profession that supports families in their quest for physiologic and supported birth, as well as overall wellness throughout each person's lifespan.”

carlucci Midwife

Victoria Tortora, DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC
A graduate of Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, Victoria Tortora earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rutgers University. She obtained dual certification as a certified nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner. Victoria’s doctoral work focused on ways to decrease Cesarean sections. “The culture of where you birth makes all the difference and that’s why I am dedicated to my patients and their plans for birth.”

Danielle Melican RN Midwife

Danielle Melican, MSN, CNM, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CBC
Danielle Melican earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Nursing from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She earned her post-master’s certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Danielle is passionate about promoting autonomy and a shared-decision model of care for her patients. She is a strong advocate for those desiring a natural approach to labor and birth. She believes that every birthing family deserves and can benefit from midwifery care. Danielle is also versed in trauma-informed care.

Jennifer Gobencion Midwife

Jennifer Gobencion, CNM
Jennifer Gobencion, CNM, is a certified nurse-midwife at Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

Arielle Ellis

Arielle Elias, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC
Arielle Elias earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Rutgers University, focusing on maternal-child health policy, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University. She is dual certified as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and the current chair of the legislative committee for the New Jersey Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM). Arielle is passionate about protecting physiologic birth, promoting evidence-based medicine, and providing attentive, high-quality, individualized care during pregnancy and birth, as well as across the lifespan.

Shanaya Recalde

Shanaya Recalde, CNM
Shanaya Recalde, CNM, is a certified nurse-midwife at Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

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