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Certified Nurse Midwives

For 34 years, Signature OB/GYN (formerly known as Esposito, Mayer, Hogan) has offered a team of Certified Nurse Midwives to help care for our patients. They have been an integral part of our care team, helping to provide well women visits and participating in care during deliveries at the hospital.
 
To maximize the benefits of midwifery care for certain low-risk patients, we have changed our focus to office-based midwifery care. This allows us to share midwifery care amongst more of our obstetrical patients and focus on education to contribute to the best birth outcomes. Our physicians will carry that through and support you with your hospital care and delivery.

As of the beginning of September 2020, our midwives will still provide antepartum and gynecological care in both our Columbia and Eldersburg offices, but will no longer be practicing at the hospital to care for you while in labor. Due to staffing changes, the midwives will not be able to cover labor and delivery call on the weekends starting July 1, 2020. One of our physicians will help you welcome your new baby. 

Our Certified Nurse Midwives

Jeanne Prins

Jeanne Prins, CNM, MS

Jeanne received her BSN from the University of Vermont in 1984, and worked as a registered nurse in Boston, and numerous African countries, working to improve health care services to refugees and displaced people. She earned her Masters in Nursing and Midwifery degree from Georgetown University in 1997. Jeanne worked as a midwife in Charles Town, West Virginia and Frederick, Maryland before joining our practice in early 2004.


Nora Molloy

Nora Molloy, CNM

Nora Molloy, CNM joins Signature OB/GYN with over 15 years of experience as a Certified Nurse Midwife and an additional 10 years of experience as a nurse in Labor & Delivery. Most recently, she joins us from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, where she was a clinical instructor in the School of Nursing. Nora’s experience includes varied roles in many different places. She has provided OB/GYN care to women with high risk factors in both practice and hospital environments. While serving in the Army at the Bassett Army Community Hospital in the early 1990’s as a Charge Nurse in the Emergency Room, she earned her certification in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

Nora is comfortable in an advanced practitioner role where she can be part of the patient’s care team, providing her patients with the best of care. She looks forward to working as a full scope midwife at Signature OB/GYN, while providing gynecologic, antepartum, and obstetric care to patients of all ages.


Karen MacKinnon

Karen MacKinnon, CNM, MS

Karen MacKinnon joins Signature OB/GYN with more than 20 years of health care experience. Karen graduated from Western Maryland College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies. She then attended The College of New Rochelle and in 1994 graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. In 2001, she completed her graduate studies with a Master of Science in nursing degree at Columbia University in New York City. Karen is board-certified through the American Midwifery Certification Board. Her medical interests are in pregnancy, childbirth, family planning and working with young adults. 


Kristen Nobles

Kristin Nobles, CNM, MS

Kristin Nobles received a master’s degree of science in nursing with honors from Frontier University in 2016. Prior to starting her midwifery career, Kristin spent more than ten years providing care as a nurse on a labor and delivery unit and neonatal intensive care unit. As a midwife, she has worked in community health centers, large academic hospitals, private practice and small community hospitals. Kristin is most passionate about removing barriers to contraceptive access and ensuring that women have choices for their pregnancy and birth experience.


Jackie Notes

Jackie Notes, CNM

After graduating from Indiana University Medical Center Nursing School, Jackie was a labor and delivery nurse at Rush Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center in Chicago. She earned a certificate in nurse-midwifery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1978.After serving in a number of positions that included prenatal clinic director and staff member in the Midwifery Education Program at Stanford/EPA and in private practice, Jackie joined our Midwifery Service in 1988.


Rhea Williams

Rhea Williams, CNM

Rhea studied nursing at Johns Hopkins University and continued her midwifery studies at Shenandoah University. She is board certified and a member of Sigma Theta Tau honors nursing society. Additionally, she is a Lamaze certified instructor. Prior to midwifery, she earned a degree in Nutrition and Food Science and focused her career on nutrition especially education and intervention. She now combines midwifery and nutrition intervention in her care process with her patients throughout the lifespan. She believes every woman has the potential to have a healthy enjoyable pregnancy if empowered and educated. She speaks limited Spanish and is currently working toward fluency. Her focus areas in women's health include health prevention and maintenance especially diabetes.


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Jessica Linzmeier, CNM


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Jenna Benyounes, CNM


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Katie McDevitt, CNM