About the Birth Center of New Jersey!

The Wellness Collective is a collaboration between The Birth Center of New Jersey and Artemis OB/GYN, which provides comprehensive care to women from puberty to menopause, and everything in between.

The Birth Center of New Jersey can offer you the safety you are looking for. In the event you need more specialized care, an OB/GYN or Midwife can continue the same compassionate care in the hospital without you leaving our circle of care. Our relationship with Overlook Medical Center is excellent. Unlike other Birth Centers, a transfer is seamless and means you are treated with the respect you deserve from hospital staff when you arrive to continue your care under Dr. Pemberton and her associates.

At the Birth Center of New Jersey, every effort is made to create the loving, intimate feeling of an at-home birth, while providing the safety of continuous one-on-one care. Either at The Birth Center of New Jersey or the hospital, you’ll have the support of our highly skilled and caring team of professionals during your prenatal care, labor, and birth. We are your midwifery experts!

The Wellness Collective (The Birth Center of New Jersey and Artemis OB/GYN) provides care with a team of midwives and professionals who can deliver the best in Pregnancy, Birth, Family Planning and Well Woman care at our center.

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Providers of The Birth Center of New Jersey:

Nicola Pemberton

Medical Director

Nicola Pemberton, MD, is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who is the medical director of The Birth Center of New Jersey in Union, New Jersey. She has been featured on a Netflix documentary about childbirth, and in the metropolitian section of The New York Times. She is a champion for Women’s Health, helping women who strive for a minimally invasive delivery. She works tirelessly to help lower New Jersey’s maternal mortality rate and eliminating racial disparities in birth outcomes everyday. She has delivered hundreds of babies during this pandemic, and she is definitely considered one of our local heroines in health care in Essex and Union county.

Dr. Pemberton completed her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Miami in Florida before moving to the West Indies for two years to attend the St. George’s University School of Medicine in True Blue, Grenada. For her third year of medical school, she did her clinical rotations in England, including neuroscience selective in the Czech Republic.

She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey, where she was recognized for her resident teaching and given a faculty position at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York City, where she also served as a clinical assistant professor at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University.

Dr. Pemberton is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her training includes general laparoscopic and robotic gynecology surgery for procedures such as myomectomy, hysterectomy, and ovarian pathology. She performs numerous in-office procedures, including endometrial ablation, cryosurgery, colposcopy, and cone biopsies.

Dr. Pemberton lives in the Union County with her husband and three children.


Sarah Van Buren


Certified Nurse Midwife & Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Van Buren is a certified nurse midwife and a board certified women’s health nurse practitioner. She is passionate about extending thorough and holistic care to all birthing people and client’s with gynecological needs.

Sarah completed her Master’s of Science in Nursing in Midwifery and Women’s Health from Yale School of Nursing and was inducted into Yale’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. While at Yale, she completed concentrations in Gender & Sexual Health Justice and Global Health management including the Global Quality Maternal and Newborn Care program. Sarah has had the privilege to see examples of exemplary midwifery and gynecological care in a range of clinical settings including hospitals, clinics, and birth centers in Northern Uganda, Timor-Leste, Thailand, Japan, the U.S./Mexico border, and cities on the East Coast including New Haven and New York. She further grounded her interest in reproductive rights and transgender care with her work as a nurse for Planned Parenthood.


MyQueesha Lately


MyQueesha received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Cleveland State University, in 2015. She became passionate about women’s health while completing a Labor and Delivery externship. She went on to practice as a Registered Nurse at Planned Parenthood, which led her to obtaining her Masters’ degree in Nurse Midwifery from the University of Michigan in 2020. During the last semester of her graduate program, MyQueesha pursued an amazing opportunity catching babies while in Uganda, Africa.

MyQueesha continued to gain nursing experience throughout grad school by working as a Registered Nurse on an Oncology unit, at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

MyQueesha has always loved women’s health and her interests are health promotion and education, physiologic birth, prenatal care, labor and lactation support, well-women exams, birth control consultations, and providing continuous support to women across the lifespan. MyQueesha believes that it is important to not only listen to her patients/clients, but to empower and advocate for them as well.

When MyQueesha is not working, she loves to spend time outdoors, with family and friends, volunteering, traveling, and/or reading!


Laure Sinnhuber-Giles


Laure is a board certified midwife, a certified lactation counselor and a certified childbirth educator. Originally from France, Laure lived in Germany, Japan and the UK prior to settling in NYC. The pivotal experience of giving birth to her daughters supported by an accomplished midwife inspired her to leave her career in advertising and to start her journey on the path of learning to support women and their families in their transition to parenthood. In 2007 she initiated the Healthy Birth Choices workshop series at the not-for-profit advocacy group Choices in Childbirth: the power of story telling inspired over 1500 NYC families to think about their options and decide what was right for them. She supported families as a labor doula, lactation counselor and childbirth educator. She trained as a midwife’s assistant at Ina May Gaskin’s Farm Midwifery Center. Subsequently, she shadowed midwives in the UK, in the Netherlands, in Amish Country Pennsylvania and in Montreal, Canada. She also participated in the Foundation for the Advancement of Haitian Midwives’ first conference in Haiti.

She worked as a Fellow Midwife at the Brooklyn Birthing Center prior to joining the team at the Birth Center of New Jersey.
She combines her love of languages, cultural diversity and physiologic birth by providing her birth services in English, French, German and Spanish – her Japanese is rusty! – and strives to support women in tapping into their inner strength during this wondrous life transition.

“My dearest wish is to pass on to women the gift my midwife gave me when I had my children: an attentive ear to listen to my questions, a vigilant eye to watch over my health, skilled hands to know my baby’s position, a calming presence to sooth me and an unshakable trust in my ability to give birth. She enabled me to find a strength in myself that I never knew I had.”


Credential Midwives of The Birth Center of New Jersey:

To contact any of these credentialed midwives for your prenatal care, please contact: 201-567-0810

Lonnie Morris

Lonnie Morris

Alt. Clinical Director
Director of Midwifery

Dr. Lonnie Morris is a national pioneer in natural childbirth as the founder and director of New Jersey’s first out of hospital childbearing facility – The Childbirth Center, P.A. She holds a Doctorate of Nursing and practices as a Certified Nurse Midwife. She has delivered over 5000 women herself and supervised another nearly 5000 deliveries in her roles as a C.N.M., Birth Center Director, Director of Midwifery at Pascack Valley Hospital and attending midwife at other area hospitals. Lonnie has been a highly vocal advocate of normalizing birth for all. See our story for more information. She has served in various capacities on the Boards of the National Association of Childbearing Centers (now the American Association of Birth Centers) and the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM).

Kate Keller

Kate Keller


Kate has been helping women during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period for over 10 years as a doula, labor and delivery nurse, birth assistant, and now midwife. She has provided care in hospitals, birth centers, and homes. She is grateful her experiences as a mother, doula, nurse, and a midwife have involved a variety of settings. The combined experience helps her provide individualized care to patients and their families. Kate has a BA and MA in Theater from Binghamton University and worked for several years as a film projectionist. After the birth of her first son at a freestanding birth center with a nurse-midwife she began her journey to become a midwife. She received her BSN in Nursing at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 and her MSN in Nursing and Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in 2016. While going back to school she had two wonderful home births. Kate is a tireless breastfeeding advocate and loves providing support postpartum to moms and families. She is a mother to three active boys, ages 4, 8, and 11.

Jessica Hayes

Jessica Hayes


Jess is a Certified Nurse Midwife with professional training from Frontier Nursing University. She is from the Philadelphia metropolitan area and went to LaSalle University for her undergraduate nursing degree. After 10 years of working with high risk Labor and Delivery Units as an RN, Jess decided to take a more natural approach to birth and set forth on her midwifery journey. Jess enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their two dogs in Bloomfield, NJ and the surrounding NYC and counties. In her free time she enjoys travel, gardening, cooking, aromatherapy, and integration of alternative medicine into contemporary health care. She has a passion for normal, physiologic birth and it’s place in the hospital setting.