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Home Birth


Giving birth to your baby is one of life's most intimate moments. Choosing to have your baby at home gives you the privilege of creating the exact environment you would like for your labor & birth.

We provide care for you during your pregnancy with prenatal visits occurring both in our office and your home.  When you go into labor, Chesapeake Midwifery will come to you! 

In the hours after your baby is born, we provide care for you and your baby that is both family-centered and comprehensive.

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Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)


Chesapeake Midwifery is proud to offer Intrauterine Inseminations (IUI) in your home or in a home-like office setting. IUI services are available at any hour of the day or week, based on when your fertility signs are optimal for achieving pregnancy. 

We will work with you to assist in tracking your fertility for optimal timing of insemination as well as provide guidance in navigating sperm banks and other unique circumstances that may arise during your conception journey.    

Our service area for at-home IUI is

approximately 45 min from our Beltsville

office in Maryland & Washington, DC. If you are not in our service area, we offer in-office IUI at our home office in Beltsville.

For further information about

IUI, please contact Katie directly

at 703-801-4093 or email at

GYN Care

Chesapeake Midwifery provides GYN care for pap smears, adult well-exams, contraception and GYN related concerns in an intimate home office setting.  

If you are interested in our GYN services, please contact Katie directly at

703-801-4093 or email at

Chesapeake Midwifery proudly supports and recognizes all people & families, regardless of

 race, color, religion, sexual orientation & gender identity.

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LGBTQ+ Friendly at home IUI Maryland

Meet the Birth Team

Katie Shannon, CNM
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Katie Shannon, Midwife
Beltsville, MD

Karen Milgate, Midwife
Greenbelt, MD

I have worked as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) in birth centers, family health clinics, and provided home birth services to families in DC, Baltimore and the Annapolis metropolitan area since 2008. 

I've been serving the families of Chesapeake Midwifery since 2020, and I'm honored to continue providing personalized options for homebirth, IUI & fertility services, and GYN care.  


I believe that pregnancy and birth should be empowering experiences, and when a person has the time and space to listen to their body, they can achieve anything!

I have worked as a birth assistant and student midwife since 2018. I finished the last phase of my clinical training with Chesapeake Midwifery and received my certification as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) in 2023.


After my certification, Katie and I were excited to continue working together, and I look forward to getting to know and serving the families that choose Chesapeake Midwifery!


A new life is one beautiful outcome of birth.  The making of a new family is another.  The experience itself of pregnancy, labor and birth, is yet another important outcome.  I am passionate about supporting an experience that is respectful, safe, individualized and empowering.  

Jenny Corbett
Birth Assistant

Silver Spring, MD

I have been a birth worker providing care to families in the DC metro area as a doula, placenta encapsulator and a birth assistant at homebirths for over 10 years.  I'm excited to bring my experience into my work as a Birth Assistant with Chesapeake Midwifery.


 In addition to being certified in both CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation, I have kept my birth assistant skills current by taking in person and online courses that prepare birth workers for assisting at homebirths.  


I'm looking forward to being there to support you at your homebirth!


Sydney Hastings-Wilkins
Summer Intern, 2024

Takoma Park, MD


Sydney is a DONA-trained birth doula, as well as a trained abortion/miscarriage doula. She is a rising senior at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and getting minors in Anthropology and Gender + Health. Sydney began her doula journey in November 2022, and has assisted with several hospital births in person as well as providing virtual doula support for a few other clients.


Sydney is looking forward to spending the summer observing midwifery in a homebirth setting and would be honored to bring her skills and experience to your birth as a part of your care with Chesapeake Midwifery.

Learn more about Sydney at 


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My family had a wonderful experience with Chesapeake Midwifery! Katie is personable, attentive and flexible which is exactly what I needed. She was able to adapt her schedule and our sessions to make sure our time together was useful and not overly repetitive even for a 4th time momma! I appreciated her laid back approach as well as her reassurances that “….if you need me 20 times, I’m gonna come 20 times!” She made sure I felt in charge of my body and my baby by allowing me to make informed decisions about every aspect my pregnancy and labor. Having Katie as my midwife was one of the best decisions I made for my pregnancy, labor, and delivery. I’m done having babies, but for those who are not, I highly encourage you to choose Chesapeake Midwifery.

Sarah - 

My homebirth was unbelievable in the best ways! After my first birth I knew I wanted something different & I am so thankful I was led to Chesapeake Midwifery. Katie & Karen provided such comfort & ease throughout my entire pregnancy, giving me peace of mind & a firm remembrance that I was made to birth. Prenatal visits were more of a refreshing, needed conversation than a rushed visit.

My birth was the most incredible thing I have ever experienced. Katie, Karen & Jenny were there when I needed them, never interfering, but always ready to guide & encourage. When things didn't go exactly as planned they had a plan, maintained a calm environment & ultimately assisted in the deliverance of a beautiful baby boy.

If you are looking for someone to empower you throughout your pregnancy to your birth & beyond look no further.

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Helen - 

My midwives were incredibly kind, attentive, supportive, knowledgeable, and compassionate at the birth of our second baby. I had always desired a home birth and boy was I pleased with our choice! I had a hospital birth with my first baby and encountered so many things I wish I could have changed when thinking about it in retrospective. Birthing at home in the company of these awesome midwives was such a great experience and I highly recommend their services. Thank you!

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