Rachel Maio

 Rachel was born and raised in small-town Circleville, Ohio, a Buckeye from birth. She felt the calling to midwifery from a young age, a feeling that solidified in High School when she attended the home birth of a close family friend. She graduated from The Ohio State University (OSU) earning a Bachelor of Science in Medical Dietetics in 2013, something she feels enables her to provide a more holistic approach for families by supporting them in their health and their nutrition goals.  
Rachel later received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Carmel College of Nursing. Subsequently, she became a volunteer nurse at Holy Family Birth Center on the Texas-Mexico border. During her time there, she served a largely low-income, immigrant population providing much-needed prenatal care and out of hospital birth support. In addition to her duties as a nurse, she provided nutrition education to women diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, and taught Natural Family Planning to couples trying to avoid or achieve pregnancy.

 After completing her volunteer work in Texas, Rachel returned to Ohio and took a position in the Neonatal ICU (NICU) at the OSU Wexner Medical Center, specializing in neonatal transport. She received additional training in breastfeeding for infants compromised by prematurity and prolonged NICU stays. She has a passion for supporting women who are struggling with any aspect of breastfeeding their infants. Later, Rachel began midwifery school at OSU, and in 2019 achieved her lifelong goal of becoming a midwife and completed her masters in nurse-midwifery.

Rachel met her husband while an undergraduate at OSU. They married in 2016 and in 2017 welcomed their daughter, Evelyn, and in 2018, their son, James. In her free time, Rachel loves to kayak, do Bikram hot yoga, and cook delicious vegan meals.

   Rachel is thrilled to be joining FMCC and looks forward to making Fort Wayne her new home. We are honored that Rachel has decided to join our FMCC family.