Licensed Midwives

MIDWIVEScropped_webMidwives are dedicated to providing you with the personalized health care experience you deserve. We follow the midwifery model of care to provide primary and maternity care services to help women of all ages maintain health. We emphasize on health promotion and education, disease prevention, and informed decision-making.  Midwives build partnerships with women and their families by listening and providing information, guidance, and counseling in a shared decision making process. We partner with other members of our healthcare team through collaboration and referral to provide optimal care. The midwives at OB-GYN & Midwifery Associates all have NYS midwifery licenses and are nationally certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).

The Midwives Model of Care includes:

The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes.

  • Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
  • Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
  • Minimizing technological interventions
  • Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention

The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.

(May 1996, Midwifery Task Force).

Meet the Midwives

Jessica Allison, MS, CMheadshotALLISON_web

Jessica joined OB-GYN & Midwifery Associates in 2015, after completing her Master’s of Science in Midwifery at the Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia University. She was introduced to midwifery through the birth of her first child who was born in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico. Following her passion for global health she has spent time in both Haiti and Africa. Jessica has three daughters whom fill her days with dancing, laughing, and lively stories. As a longtime resident of Ithaca, she is thrilled to be able to serve the women within her own community.


headshotBENEDETTO_webLisa Benedetto MS, CNM:

Lisa joined OB-GYN & Midwifery Associates of Ithaca in 2012. She first began practicing midwifery in Boulder, Colorado where she spent the majority of her adult years living in the Rocky Mountains and raising her daughter. Lisa graduated from Colorado University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s in Nursing and went on to complete her Masters of Science in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in 2009. Her midwifery experience includes practicing in hospitals, independent birth centers and private homes. She is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM).  Lisa is a childbirth educator and teaches the childbirth education classes at OB-GYN & Midwifery Associates. She has a special interest and additional training in Herbal Medicine and Essential Oils specific to the childbearing years. Lisa is passionate about supporting physiologic birth and assisting women to make informed decisions.


Mahrie Moore, MS, CNMheadshotMOORE_web

Mahrie joined OB-GYN & Midwifery Associates in 2009 after completing her Masters of Science in Nurse Midwifery at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. Prior to that, she received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Carleton College and her nursing degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Mahrie is enthusiastic about caring for women and their families during the childbearing years as well as providing well woman and gynecologic care across the life span. She has a particular interest in health education and working with families to help make informed decisions about their care.


headshotPIERCE_webKate Pierce, MS, CNM:

Kate fell in love with the Ithaca area while earning a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell. After completing her Masters of Science in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Pennsylvania, she joined OB-GYN & Midwifery Associates in 1991. Over the years, she has delivered hundreds of babies and felt thousands of pregnant bellies and still finds the process exciting. She specializes in pregnancy care and delivery. In her spare time, while not catching up on sleep, she enjoys sewing, sailing and cuddling with her cats.