Meet the 2018 MFSB Board of Directors
Kirra Brandon, President/Legislative Director: Kirra has been a member of the MFSB Board of Directors for the past three years. She has a BA in Biology from Harvard University, and received her MD from University of Maryland Medical School. Kirra practices pediatric dermatology in Easton, MD. She has five daughters. Her oldest child was born via c-section, and her younger four daughters were born at home with the assistance of CPMs. Kirra wants to see Maryland become a state in which all families have maternity care options, and are supported in making their own decisions about their care.
Evelyn Fielding, Secretary/Outreach Director: As Outreach Director, Evie is continuing the amazing work of Celia Garcia Perez and the Outreach Team in building Coalition MFSB! She has actively supported MFSB since 2012 and strongly believes in promoting education about childbirth options and informed choice. Her vision is to improve access to midwifery care for families of all backgrounds and to bridge the gaps between out-of-hospital maternity care and the medical system. The individualized, unhurried and relationship-focused care she received from midwives was transformative. She is a mother and a clinical psychologist in private practice.
Jennifer Chaffee has been supporting MFSB since 2012 and has been a member of the MFSB Board of Directors since Fall of 2018. She has a BS and MS in Applied Mathematics and works as a mathematician at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. Dissatisfied with her limited birth options in 2009, Jennifer worked with a CPM who guided her through a successful homebirth of twin girls. Her positive birth experience inspired her to become an advocate for improved understanding of and expanded access to maternity care options.
Camille Nyman is a certified doula, childbirth educator, and passionate women’s health advocate. Her firsthand experiences with navigating the medical climate in Maryland through infertility, pregnancy loss, birth, and postpartum raised her awareness of the need for people dedicated to improving women’s journey through these topics. Her oldest 2 children were born in the Maryland hospital system, and her youngest was born at home under midwifery care. As a doula, Camille is uniquely positioned to witness the needs and struggles of both birthing patients and women’s health providers. She has been actively involved in the local birth community and MFSB for the last 2 years. Her hope for the future is that every woman in Maryland is able to feel confident, informed, and supported in her choices from family planning through postpartum. She resides in Owings Mills with her husband and three children.