Natalie Baker, RN has worked in the field of maternal/neonatal nursing since 1980. She started as a new grad in special care nursery in Santa Monica, CA; and eventually found her true calling as a labor and delivery nurse. She was very happy working in a hospital setting, until she assisted a CNM at a home birth in 1986. She quit hospital nursing and started her partnership with High Desert Nurse Midwives. She experienced the joy of assisting at gentle, peaceful birth until 1994, when she moved to Missouri and discovered that home birth was illegal. Natalie took a hospital position in 2003, and was most conflicted until meeting Jessica through a co-worker in 2010. Working with Jessica as her birth assistant at home births renewed her spirit, and in 2012, she joined Jessica and Lisa Pontious as founding partners of the Birth and Wellness Center. She counts her role in helping build and maintain the Center and practice as one of her greatest professional achievements. She has been married to her wonderful, supportive husband Steve for 37 years, has 4 adult children, the last one born at home, and six beautiful grandchildren and considers her family her greatest blessing, among the many, in her life.