Meet our Birth Planners

Women's Health

Let Your Birth Planner     Pamper You

From prenatal classes to birthing plans, she’ll coordinate everything.

When you’re having a baby, there’s so much to plan and do. That’s why Parkview gives you something that no other area hospital offers — your very own birth planner - someone to guide you through every step of your journey. From tours and pre-registration to helping you plan the special “Family Hour” after your baby is born, your birth planner takes care of everything. She’ll even create a personalized pregnancy and delivery plan just for you.

Think of her as your “go-to” person at Parkview. Whenever you have a question, just give her a call or drop her an email. She’s only too happy to answer. She’ll help you prepare for your big day now, saving you time later on when you’re admitted. Best of all, her services are free!

Your Parkview birth planner can:

  • Give you a tour of the Family Birthing Center
  • Create a record of your OB history
  • Get you signed up for prenatal classes
  • Create an individualized pregnancy and delivery plan
  •  Familiarize you with all the amenities available – from 24-hour room service to free Wi-Fi
  • Serve as a contact person for all of your questions and concerns
  • Provide car seat safety education and inspection
  • Connect you with useful resources
  • Follow up with you after your baby is born

Interested? Have one of the birth planners at the Parkview Women’s & Children’s Hospital contact you. Or, call the birth planner at the Parkview hospital nearest you.

Meet our Birth Planners

Brandi Acosta, RN, BSN
Birth Planner                                                                    Parkview Women’s & Children’s Hospital                           Fort Wayne
(260) 672-4222


​As a birth planner and perinatal education program supervisor, Brandi has worked at the Parkview Family Birthing Center since 2011 and has over ten years of nursing experience. She enjoys working with families to assist them with personalizing their birthing experience. Brandi feels that it is a blessing to be a part of someone’s birth story and hopes to help make it as special as possible. As a mother of three, she knows how significant the birth of a child is and feels delighted to share in that joy.

Leslie Miller, RN
Birth Planner                                                                    Parkview Hospital Randallia                                              Fort Wayne                                                                     (260) 373-6856


A registered nurse with Parkview since 2012, Leslie now serves as Parkview Hospital Randallia’s birth planner and lactation consultant. She enjoys working with Parkview moms throughout their pregnancies – whether in prenatal education classes, the centering program or into the postpartum period during weekly breastfeeding support group gatherings. As a mother to three children, Leslie enjoys being the birth planner at Parkview Randallia and helping others welcome a new member into their family.

Angela Lehman, RN
Birth Planner                                                                   Parkview Huntington Hospital                                              Huntington
(260) 355-3651


Birth planner and lactation consultant Angela Lehman has worked for Parkview all of her 21 years as a registered nurse. A mother of three, she understands how important it is to help mothers-to-be remain comfortable during their pregnancy and educated about their pre- and post-natal options. Angela wants to equip moms to make informed decisions that affect both mother and child positively.

Michelle Harlan, RN                                                               Birth Planner
Parkview Noble Hospital
(260) 347-8345


A registered nurse, Michelle Harlan has been a member of the Family Birthing Center team of nurses at Parkview Noble Hospital since 2008. She also serves as Parkview Noble’s lactation consultant and has a passion of helping moms have a great experience with breastfeeding. As a mother of two, Michelle says she’s thrilled to be the birth planner at Parkview Noble and play a part in making the birth of each baby a memorable event for every family.

Melinda Forbes, RN, CLC
Birth Planner                                                                          Parkview LaGrange Hospital                                                 LaGrange
(260) 463-9300


Melinda has been with Parkview since 2007, and after having her own daughter in 2011, she knew obstetrics was her calling. As a labor and delivery nurse, birth planner, educator and certified lactation consultant at Parkview LaGrange Hospital, Melinda enjoys welcoming new mothers to the unit, preparing them for home, providing lactation assistance and much more for each and every one of her patients. Melinda says she enjoys that her job allows her to practice the golden rule of treating others the way she would want to be treated. She is proud to be the birth planner at Parkview LaGrange!

Laurie Nierman, RN, BSN
Birth Planner                                                                         Parkview Whitley Hospital
Columbia City
(260) 248-9321


A registered nurse, Laurie Nierman has been a member of the Family Birthing Center team of nurses at Parkview Whitley Hospital since 1992 and was in nursing and healthcare for ten years before that. She has served has Parkview Whitley's birth planner since September 2014 and enjoys helping new mothers customize their birth plan. Laurie teaches the Basic and Beyond Parenting class at the Parkview Whitley and Parkview Warsaw sites. As a mother of three daughters, Laurie takes delight in playing a role in helping to make the birthing process a positive and enriching moment for each mother and her family.

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