Barbara d’Amato, CNM, Director

Our founder and director, Barbara d’Amato began her career in midwifery in 1978 attending home births in her local community.

When Barbara became a nurse-midwife, she began plans to create her own birth center.  In 1987 her vision became a reality when Valley Birthplace opened its doors.

Since 1992, Barbara has served women and their families in our community and surrounding areas.  She has a loving and growing family with her husband Kevin, eleven children and fourteen grandchildren.  In her spare time Barbara loves horseback riding and gardening.

Education & Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science, Biology and Pre-medicine from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (1972)
  • Bachelors of Science, Nursing (RN) from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (1984)
  • Masters in Science, Nurse Midwifery from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (1986)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife, American Midwifery Certification Board (1986)
  • Current Ongoing Certifications: CPR, Neonatal Resuscitation, Limited Ultrasound, and Surgical First Assistant & Wound Closure

Career Highlights

  • Started private practice upon graduation from nurse-midwifery school.
  • Director of Midwifery Services at Franklin Maternity Hospital in Philadelphia (1986-1988)
  • Set up midwifery services in several hospitals in Pennsylvania (1989-1993)
  • First midwife attended birth in City Avenue Hospital of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Helped City Avenue Hospital of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine design and develop their in-hospital birthing suites.

Clinical Teaching Affiliations

  • Philadelphia University, Institute of Midwifery, Women and Health, Philadelphia, PA, Clinical Instructor, Community-based Midwifery Program (1997 to present)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA, Clinical Instructor, Nurse-Midwifery Program (1987 to present)
  • Frontier Nursing University, Clinical Instructor, Community-based Nurse-Midwifery Program
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey, Clinical Instructor, Nurse-Midwifery Program


  • American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), member since 1986
  • American Association of Birth Centers, member since 1987
  • Pennsylvania Association of Licensed Midwives (PALM)
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Xi Chapter (Nurses Honor Society)


  • Speaker on topics related to childbirth and reproductive health to local high school (1982-1998)
  • Womancare (formerly NE Philadelphia Maternity Care Advocates): Member of task force formed to find a solution to the current maternity care crisis in Philadelphia
  • Volunteer speaker providing seminars on prenatal education and women’s health issues to employees at worksites and community based organizations
  • Bryn Athyn College, Bryn Athyn, PA, Student Cooperative Work Program: Provide work experience to students interested in pursuing a career in health care