Meet The Team at Missouri Midwifery
We, at Missouri Midwifery, are all experts in women’s care, but just as importantly, we are listeners, educators, and guardians. No matter what your path, our goal is always a safe, supported, and joyful birth experience. Get to know your team.
Dr. Mark Grant – MD, Medical Director
Dr. Mark Grant has practiced Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Columbia, Missouri since 1993. Over the years, Dr. Grant has had the pleasure of serving thousands of mid-Missouri families, providing fetal diagnostics and ultrasound, and caring for those with high-risk pregnancy. The Center of Maternal-Fetal Care has earned a reputation of excellence due to the philosophy espoused by Dr. Grant, who believes every effort should be extended to achieve the best outcome for each woman and child, and care should always be compassionate and thorough, never rushed.
Dr. Grant works especially hard to assist mothers in reducing risk of premature birth and recurrent pregnancy loss, the most prevalent and significant problems in obstetrics today. He has developed programs to reduce risk for all pregnancies, believing a proactive approach is best. He encourages strategies to lower risk prior to pregnancy and during pregnancy, whenever possible. Dr. Grant does not do deliveries, but is available to consult with any patient who is pregnant or contemplating pregnancy.
High Risk Pregnancy Consultation, Fetal Diagnostics
Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Robyn McHugh, Certified Nurse Midwife – APRN, CNM, Administrator
Robyn McHugh has practiced as a nurse and midwife, serving the Mennonite community since 2008. Over the years, Robyn McHugh (CNM) has had the pleasure of serving hundreds of women choosing the midwifery model of care for their pregnancies and births. Shared decision making is offered to all the families Robyn McHugh serves, for she believes that only the mother herself can truly give “prenatal care” to her unborn child. Robyn sees her role as a nurse midwife as one of advocate, providing anticipatory guidance and education for women during their pregnancies and births. She encourages women to contact her anytime they have concerns regarding their pregnancies.
Robyn McHugh originally began practicing as a Certified Professional Midwife, attending births in low resource settings. However, Robyn McHugh believes that mothers deserve the highest level of training and education available, to ensure best outcomes for mothers and their newborns. Thus, Robyn McHugh went back to graduate level nursing school and completed her degree and certification as a Certified Nurse Midwife in 2016.
Emma Troyer- Birth Assistant
Melissa Ross – RN & Childbirth Educator
Melissa Ross attends labor/births for both facilities in the role of Registered Nurse. Mothers served through Missouri Midwifery Service and Missouri Mennonite Clinic have been blessed to be attended by Melissa’s empathetic, calming presence during their birth experience. She is certified in CPR/BLS and neonatal resuscitation and has worked at a nursing home and various hospitals in the Ozarks. She continues to work part-time at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
Before entering the healthcare field, Melissa was a stay-at-home mother for 18 years. She and her husband have been married for 25+ years and have five children, two of which were born with a certified nurse midwife.
Shawndee Knight – RN
Shawndee Knight is a Registered Nurse who works in the clinic and attends births in the Springfield location, as well in Versailles as needed. She has her Bachelor of Science in nursing, certified in CPR/BLS and neonatal resuscitation and has worked in obstetric nursing for the last 20 years.
Shawndee has been married to her husband Mike for 23 years. They have 3 children which they home-schooled for many years, two of which are currently in college.
Veda Gonzalez-Office Staff Manager
Veda Gonzalez manages the office, occasionally assists with births, and uses her art & photography skills to design forms and decorate walls. She has been a professional photographer for over 35 years; she was married to a loving and faithful man and together they raised and home-schooled six children.
Tikvah McHugh- Office Staff Manager
Tikvah McHugh is a Senior at Southwest Baptist University, and is finishing her degree in Web Systems and Design. She runs and oversees the office duties in the Springfield location, and is also the final editor of the website.