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Elizabeth Austin, CNM

Beth received a Bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where she
discovered her passion for women's healthcare and midwifery. In 2007,
she earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree, specializing in
Nurse-Midwifery, from Vanderbilt University. Before moving to Columbus
in 2013, she practiced in Cleveland and attended births at Lakewood
Hospital, a "Baby Friendly" hospital. Beth is excited to expand
midwifery services at Ohio State and increase access to midwifery
care in Columbus. She has special interests in contraception, water
birth and empowering women to be active decision makers in their
healthcare choices.



Patricia Dodge, CNM

Pat Dodge became a certified nurse midwife in 1997 after many years as a labor and delivery nurse. She studied midwifery at the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing and earned her Masters degree from Case Western Reserve University. She has been a longtime champion of midwifery and performed one of the first underwater births in Columbus in 1998. Her interests are low intervention birth, midlife health, and empowering women and families to be active decision makers in their healthcare. For fun she tends her vegetable garden, reads, helps out in her son’s cafe, and travels whenever possible.



Laurie MacLeod, CNM

Laurie completed her undergraduate nursing degree at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and then worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse for several years. She graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of New Mexico in 2006. She relocated from Albuquerque in 2013, where she had worked in a private practice for seven years. She is excited to be back in her hometown and is thrilled to be a part of the growth of midwifery at Ohio State. Laurie partners with patients to educate them about their health and empower them become active participants in their healthcare. She has a special interest in contraception. Laurie enjoys the relationship that develops through caring for women and their families during pregnancy and beyond. Laurie and her husband have 2 young children. They enjoy exploring local parks, traveling, hiking and visiting with friends and family.

Laurie has interests in educating patients on their pregnancies, providing access to contraception and supporting women in taking an active role in their health care. Laurie’s primary site will be University Hospital East’s Ambulatory Care Center. She will also see patients at OSU Wexner Medical Center’s McCampbell Hall and at the Teen and Pregnant (TaP) Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.



Emily Neiman, CNM

Emily pursued nurse-midwifery beginning in 2005 and graduated from the Ohio State University in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Science and a certificate in nurse-midwifery. Emily has experience with both in-hospital and out-of-hospital births and is committed to offering women options in the hospital setting. She is passionate about working with women throughout their lives, and particularly during pregnancy and birth. She believes strongly that pregnancy and birth are normal, natural life events and works to partner with women in their care.



Cassandra Sampsell, CNM

Cassandra graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2005. She then worked at Ohio State University Medical Center as an RN in a variety of areas including labor and delivery. It was there she discovered her true calling, serving the women of our area throughout their lifespan. She attended graduate school at The Ohio State University and graduated with her Master's Degree and certificate in Nurse-Midwifery. Cassandra is very excited to join The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.



Rebecca Wagner, CNM

Rebecca graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a nursing degree in 1997. She then proudly served her country as an Army Nurse for 4 ½ years in a variety of locations. Her nursing experience is varied and includes labor and delivery and a visiting nurse to pregnant and new mothers. She then returned to school and graduated with her Master's Degree and a certificate in Nurse-Midwifery. She is excited about working with women in all stages of their lives and feels especially privileged to work with women through pregnancy and birth.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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