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About Us

At Natural Beginnings, we do more than just see patients day in and day out.  Every day we build community…and this community is filled with women who feel seen, heard and respected.  


We are a thriving, innovative group of midwives offering many options for care while also managing to keep our “small town” vibe.


Our mission is to empower women to be in control of their health and healthcare experiences, to encourage women that they are worthy to love themselves as well as they love those that surround them, and to do this through encouragement, not fear.

Marcia Ensminger MSN, CNM

While being a Midwife is my passion, when I’m not working I love spending time with my two children. We enjoy hiking and taking cruises to tropical destinations! I also enjoy running and spending time with my family and my fur baby, Ben.

Nicole Winecoff, CNM

I  love my career as a Certified Nurse Midwife and meeting wonderful families who allow me to be a part of their birth experience! When I am not at work I enjoy time with my husband and our two girls, Ashley and Hannah. We love to take family vacations and explore new places! We love to cruise with Disney! Life as a Midwife takes many hours away from my family so we make the most of vacation time!

Jennifer Johnson, CNM, WHNP, FNP

I am passionate about empowering women through prenatal care and ensuring that all women have access to the care that they deserve. My goal is to empower, educate and help women to make wise, intuitive choices surrounding their health. I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children. I enjoy traveling to new places, but there’s definitely no place like home. If I’m not working you will usually find me at the soccer field cheering on my kids.

Erica Welch, CNM

Empowering, educating, and caring for women throughout their lifespan has been my passion for as long as I could remember. I am so grateful to be a midwife and care for women every day. I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters, Stormy and Avery. I love traveling to new places and when not working can be found at the dance studio watching my girls.

Haley Swift, CNM

For as long as I can remember, I have known that being a Midwife was my path. I feel so lucky that I get to help bring life into the world every day, and to be a woman supporting women. When I’m not working, I spend as much time as possible outside with my fiancee, Jeromy, crafting, playing with my toddler and snuggling my fur babies.

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Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, FNP, CNM

I am happy to join the midwifery group at Natural Beginnings where patient-centered care is
valued and physiologic birth is seen as a normal and welcome part of a healthy, low-risk
pregnancy. Since 1995, I have supported women and their families first as a childbirth educator,
then as a labor and delivery nurse, and, finally, as a nurse practitioner and midwife.

I graduated from Frontier Nursing University with a MSN and am certified as a family nurse
practitioner and a nurse midwife. I have an undergraduate degree in French and a masters in
theological studies. I hope to bring a sensitivity to issues of diversity and cultural differences as
well as an appreciation of pregnancy and birth as profoundly spiritual and transformative
I am married and have three adult children. I live in Charlotte. I enjoy cooking, reading,
traveling, hiking, and biking.

Kristen Shaver, WHNP

I graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University with my BSN in 2012 and have spent the last 8 years in women’s health. I have always had a passion for women’s health and am was excited to be further that passion by graduating from Frontier Nursing University as a women’s health nurse practitioner in 2019. At NBBC I am thrilled to be doing well woman care as well as seeing patients for prenatals and other types of visits. Most of my spare time is spent with my fiancé, Adam, and our amazing kids, Acadia and Rhett. Our favorite thing to do together is taking walks on the dirt road we live on to see/pet the neighboring farm animals. I also enjoy traveling, learning about other cultures, and reading.”

Amber Dobbins, FNP

I graduated from Western Carolina University in 2021 with a Master's Degree in Nursing. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and have always felt passionate about the Pediatric field. Prior to becoming an FNP, I worked as a RN for 10 years in multiple disciplines. I have always enjoyed  empowering women to take control of their healthcare; to listen to their body, and to find a provider to listen to them. I feel that Natural Beginnings Birth and Wellness allows me to empower, advocate, and work with our patient's to discuss and plan their healthcare. 


In addition, I am a wife and mother of two children who keep me very busy! We love to travel, Kayak, go on hikes, garden, and learn about nature. I am very excited to be a part of the NBBWC Team!

Stephen Coarsey, MD

Steve Coarsey attended Emory University and the University of Georgia medical school. As a medical student, he decided that the care of pregnant women was the most enjoyable part of any day. During his Wake Forest/Bowman Gray OB/GYN residency, he married a labor nurse. They have lived in Statesville and raised 3 kids since 1986. He has practiced 34 years and has advanced training in robotic and laser surgery. He deals with routine and problem gyn, abnormal pap smears, and gynecologic surgery.

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