Our Team

Wendy Pinter, LM,CPM

Wendy Pinter, LM,CPM

Licensed Midwife (MI) and Certified Professional Midwife, President of Nine Short Months

 

Please Note: Wendy is no longer taking clients as of Jan 1, 2022.  Messages sent to her email may not be returned or may be delayed due to her being on military leave. Please contact the manager, Nikita at info@nineshortmonths.com with any questions you wanted to ask Wendy.

 

The moment that you find out you have a little one on the way, you start having to make many new and important decisions. What should I eat? Should I drink that? Who is going to care for me and my baby? I understand that this is a time where the choices you make can impact your family forever. I want to assure you that I am hoping to make your pregnancy and birth experience one less thing to worry about.

Birth is such a natural event when we leave it undisturbed. It is such a simple concept, but one that still goes largely misunderstood in America’s maternity system!

As a midwife, I see my role as being the knowledgeable one who will step in in case something goes wrong at a birth. Most of the time, that is not necessary, so I provide support and sacred space for your family to peacefully birth in whatever way that might look like to you. There are many people who take comfort in giving birth in a birthing center instead of their home, and for them I created Nine Short Months Birth and Community Wellness Center. This is a one stop shop for many services that you may need in the childbearing year. Midwifery, water birth, acupuncture, massage, lactation consultants, doulas, childbirth education, and placenta encapsulation are all coexisting under one roof.

I am comfortable to safely take you from where you are right now to the birth that you want to have. I have resources and connections that will help you to have all your health concerns that you or I might want to have addressed before the birth of your baby so that we can relax and enjoy your birth when the day comes. After your birth, our practice is unique in that we are able to perform all state mandated testing for newborns and we are equipped to handle most common postpartum complications a mother may experience, right in our facility. I feel that it is important that if I’m going to do this job, I am going to do it right.

Side note: For a charge, we do often provide the following services to clients of other midwives who do not provide them when we are available. (It is best if you inquire about postpartum testing before your birth with another midwife so that we can ensure you have the proper supplies on hand in the time frame that it is needed.):

  • Repair of lacerations
  • Newborn metabolic screening
  • Hearing screening
  • Pulse oximetry reading to screen for heart defects

Read more about Wendy here.  Contact Wendy at wendy@nineshortmonths.com

 

Crystal Enyih, LM/CPM

Crystal Enyih, LM/CPM

Licensed Midwife (MI) and Certified Professional Midwife

 

Crystal is a Licensed Midwife in the state of Michigan and has been a Certified Professional Midwife since 2006. Originally from metro Detroit, Crystal completed an apprenticeship with a local Detroit midwife and an internship at a birth center in Texas before moving to Pennsylvania to join a homebirth practice. She then spent six years in India before returning back to metro Detroit in 2020. She has experience working in a wide variety of birth settings ranging from rural homebirth practices in Pennsylvania to a busy hospital based birth center practice in urban India. Witnessing birth in such varied settings created a passion for global midwifery and public health while strengthening her belief that all birthing people in all settings need improved access to respectful reproductive healthcare care through informed decision making, quality childbirth education, and increased access to skilled midwifery care. Outside of the clinic, Crystal loves to travel, knit, and spend time with family. Crystal has been a midwife at Nine Short Months since February 2021.

Contact Crystal at crystal@nineshortmonths.com

 

 

 

 

Tara O'Neill LM, CPM

Tara O'Neill LM, CPM

Clinical Practice Director/Licensed Midwife (MI) and Certified Professional Midwife

 

Tara is a certified professional midwife licensed in the state of Michigan. She grew up in Texas and entered a midwifery training program through the Association of Texas Midwives and started attending births in 2014. After finishing the classes at ATM she completed the North American Registry of Midwives Exam, secured her Texas license, and earned the Midwifery Bridge Certificate. Tara worked in several practices in Texas, and was privileged to work with and learn from some truly amazing midwives. Tara moved from Texas in 2020 and became licensed in Michigan that year.

Tara’s experience in a variety of settings will be invaluable as we continue to promote standards of excellent care by the growing number of community midwives who wish to attend births at our center.
Tara believes that the role of a midwife is to provide informed, supportive, and attentive care during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She recognizes that each person is different and works to ensure that the care provided meets the needs of each individual. She is committed to preserving client autonomy, and to ensuring that each client’s needs are met and that they are truly heard.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time exploring the wonderful state of Michigan, reading, and spending time with loved ones.
Contact Tara at tara@nineshortmonths.com

 

 

 

 

 

 Nikita Davis

Nikita Davis

Vice President / Practice Manager

Nikita is not only the first person you will talk to when you contact us, but she is also the first Vice President of Nine Short Months. Born and raised in Detroit, she attended Wayne State University school of business. Nikita has been working with us as our Practice Manager since 2020. She has done a wonderful job plugging into an industry that she is somewhat new to. She does have the experience of being a mom to a beautiful daughter and as such understands the unique needs in her birthing community. Nikita’s contribution to the birth center has been instrumental in keeping us going, especially during the challenges with COVID. While Nikita is not a midwife herself, she will help you get set up with a midwife who has privileges at our center who can meet your needs.
Contact Nikita at nikita@nineshortmonths.com

 

 

 

 

 

Students & Staff

Students & Staff

 

Our wonderful team of staff, midwifery students, nurses, and birth assistants are here to support you during your appointments and birth. Each of them brings skill, enthusiasm, and a heart for caring for families in this special setting.