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.


Elizabeth Jane Contarino


Elizabeth Jane Contarino, CNM received her RN from County College of Morris in 2004 and her Masters in Nursing and Certificate in Nurse Midwifery-the first CNM program offered in the US, was from Frontier Nursing University in the spring of 2013.

For nine years she was at the University Medical Center at Princeton as a Labor and Delivery nurse. Prior to receiving her Nursing education, she was an active and passionate prenatal, Labor and PP doula for nearly 20 years. Jane has trained with ALACE, providing 20 years of lactation support. Jane was born in Parsippany, N.J. and currently resides in Bridgewater, N.J, where she’s a wife and mother of six children.


Kasey DiVine


Kasey has been dedicated to supporting pregnancy and birth since 2004. She began as a childbirth educator but soon realized that her heart was in midwifery. She initially became credentialed as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) to build a strong foundation in normal, physiologic birth. She built a practice that balanced knowledge, skill, and service. She attended hundreds of community births before pivoting to nurse midwifery.

As a CNM she is passionate about extending her philosophy of holistic care to well-person, gynecology and contraception. She received her RN from Warren County Community College and her Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University. Prior to discovering midwifery, she received a BA from Rutgers University and worked in mortgage finance. She has been with her husband, Adam, since high school and has 3 children, all of whom were born with the help of a midwife.


Credential Midwives of The Birth Center of New Jersey:

To contact any of these credentialed midwives for your prenatal care, please contact: 973-MID-WIFE

The Childbirth & Women’s Wellness Center

The Childbirth & Women’s Wellness Center serves Northern and Central New Jersey and is led by Lonnie Morris, CNM and her staff of certified nurse-midwives. They provide exceptional obstetric and gynecological care for women, with a focus on providing safe, satisfying natural childbirth experiences. The office is located in Clifton, NJ.
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Lonnie Morris

Alt. Clinical Director
Director of Midwifery

Kate Keller

Midwife MSN, CNM

Certified Professional Midwives

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Vicky Hedley CPM, CM, MA

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Dahlyt Kase-Berezinbahr CPM, LM

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Janis Gildin CPM

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Dina Aurichio LM, CPM

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Raizy Goldsmith LM, CPM

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