Sara Pearce RN CNM IBCLC
Sara is the founder of Amma Parenting Center, as well as Director of Education. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and a Masters of Science in Nursing from Yale University. A Registered Nurse since 1995 and Certified Nurse-Midwife since 1997, Sara practiced OB nursing and midwifery in North Carolina and Minnesota until 2001, when she shifted focus to education. She founded Amma Parenting Center in 2007 to bring the New Mama Class to new mothers and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. As the business grows, she still maintains a commitment to spending time in the classroom with new mothers. Sara is on the boards of both the Minnesota Birth Center and Emerge Mother’s Academy. Mom to: David, Caroline and Bennett.
Missy Duffy RN MSN
Missy is the Director of Prenatal Education at Amma Parenting Center. She holds a Master’s degree in Nursing, and has experience as a Labor and Delivery nurse as well as a Nurse Manager of one of the Twin Cities’ busiest hospitals. Missy oversees our prenatal classes and manages our outstanding teaching staff, and is a liaison to our hospital partners. Mom to: Keegan, Finnegan and Macgregor.
Clare is the Business Manager, as well as the coordinator of marketing efforts and special events. Clare’s diverse background in business includes an MBA from the University of Chicago and work at General Mills. After graduating from our New Mama Class and Beyond Newborns, Clare came on board as both a client and a businesswoman, and helps Amma run smoothly and grow its presence in the Twin Cities. Mom to: Colin.
Terri is Amma Parenting Center’s Director of Retail. Terri’s background spans retail management, merchandising, retail consulting, business startup, and art. She is the whiz behind our retail boutique’s “cute” factor and keeps Amma running smoothly. Mom to: Brian and Joe.
Amma Parenting Center runs on the brain power of our talented group of expert teachers! All of our childbirth teachers are either Registered Nurses or Certified Childbirth Instructors, and you’ll find a range of experts in all our classrooms, from lactation consultants to parent educators. When you register for a class, you will be able to see your teacher’s bio.
Board of Advisors
At Amma Parenting Center, we believe that parents seek and deserve only the most trustworthy information about birth, babies, and parenthood. To ensure quality of information, we rely on our Advisory Board to review our written materials and course content.
Through this multidisciplinary team we are proud to be at the forefront of birth and family education.
Andrea Messina MD
Dr Messina is a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist in practice at Park Nicollet. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Stefan Kramarczuk MD
Dr Kramarczuk is a board-certified Pediatrician in practice at Metropolitan Pediatrics. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Adjunct faculty in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Mary Sheedy Kurcinka PhD
Mary is a bestselling author, speaker and licensed parent educator. She is the author of the popular books, “Raising Your Spirited Child,” “Kids, Parents and Power Struggles,” and “Sleepless in America.” Mary lectures on the topics of parent-child dynamics both nationally and internationally, and consults with families all over the world.
Sieglinde Peterson MD
Dr Peterson practices family medicine at Park Nicollet. She has a particular expertise on non-toxic baby products.
Katja Rowell MD
Dr Rowell is a family physician and childhood feeding specialist. She is a clinical faculty member of the Ellyn Satter Institute and teaches professionals and parents about the importance of a healthy feeding relationship. More about Dr Rowell can be found at http://thefeedingdoctor.com/
Jesse Kuendig LGSW
Jesse is a licensed graduate social worker in practice at the Women’s Mental Health Program at Hennepin County Medical Center. She also serves on the board of Jenny’s Light, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness of perinatal mood disorders.
Samantha A. Sommerness DNP, RN, CNM
Samantha received her BSN from The University of Portland in Portland, Oregon in 1993, her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2011 from the University of Minnesota. She holds a certification as a Certified Nurse Midwife. Prior to receiving her MSN, she spent 6 years in the United States Army as a labor and delivery nurse and was deployed to Bosnia for 1 year during Operation Joint Endeavor. She spent 2 years working as a half-time faculty member at Lewis University where she taught didactically and clinically in Medical Surgical and Obstetrical nursing prior to her current role as a Perinatal Advanced Practice Clinical Nurse Leader at Fairview Southdale Hospital for the past 5 years
Charles Hirt, MD
Dr. Hirt is a practicing OB/GYN at the Paul Larson Clinic in Edina, MN. He is very involved in quality improvement as a Medical Director for Labor and Delivery at Fairview Southdale Hospital. He received his medical degree from Tufts University in 1997 and completed residency at the University of Minnesota.
Steven Calvin, MD
Dr. Calvin is a practicing maternal-fetal medicine physician who is committed to empowering mothers to have safe, satisfying, and seamless pregnancy care experiences. He works with Midwife colleagues at the Minnesota Birth Center in Minneapolis.
Laurel Wills MD