Kirra Brandon, President/Legislative Director: Kirra has been a member of the MFSB Board of Directors for the past six 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.
Ashley Baxter holds a BS in Biology from Salisbury University and currently works in Food Protection at the Howard County Health Department. She has one son who was born by unplanned cesarean. After a traumatic birth experience, the journey to educate herself on options for future births sparked a passion for informed consent, birth choices, and advocating for improving maternal health care. Ashley has been volunteering with Maryland Families for Safe Birth since 2020 and joined the Board of Directors in 2023. Her hope is to empower other women in knowing their rights and options, along with improving maternal health care, bridging the gap between community-based midwifery and the medical system, and expanding access to midwifery care.