Meet the Family Birthplace Staff

Stacy Ludwig RNC-OB, C-EFM

I have been a nurse at the Family Birthplace of MMC for 15-years. I am married and have 2 sons and 1 daughter. Both my husband and I were born here and have lived in this area our entire lives. I have always known I wanted to be a nurse who worked with moms and babies since I was a teenager. I especially enjoy caring for moms in labor and feel blessed to be a part of their families’ special day! Stacy Ludwig RNC-OB, C-EFM


Jenny Galley RN, C-EFM

I love my job as a labor and delivery nurse because I get to be a part of one of the greatest life altering human experience every single time a baby is born. This is why I have dedicated almost five years to working as a NICU nurse and over 8 years as a labor and delivery nurse. Interim Nurse Manager Jenny Galley BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM



Deanna Laukka RNC-OB, C-EFM

After 33 years in nursing, and 27 of those working in labor, delivery and nursery, I still consider it a great honor to have a role in all the amazing moments in the miracle of welcoming new life! I am certified in fetal monitoring and also am an instructor in our Neonatal Resuscitation Program. Being a Mom is one of my greatest joys in life, so I love coaching, supporting, teaching, advocating, and caring for Moms, babies and their families. Deanna Laukka RNC-OB, C-EFM


Judi Igo RNC-OB, C-EFM

I have been an OB nurse for the majority of my nursing career of 35 years. I come from a large family and have always enjoyed babies. I always wanted to be a nurse, caring for new moms and babies. It is the best job of all! Webster’s definition of a Miracle is “ a wonder, a marvel. (1) An extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs. I consider myself very fortunate to witness little miracles every day. Judi Igo RNC-OB, C-EFM


Brittny Tody Erickson, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM

I love working at the Family Birthplace of MMC because I get to work in my home community and I play a role in helping it grow. I cannot think of a better way to spend my days at work than with new and growing families. Helping women and their families through such an important time in their lives is extremely rewarding and I enjoy every minute! Brittny Tody Erickson, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM


Kathy Barnes RNC-OB, C-EFM

Being able to not only observe but facilitate the birthing process and share one of the most important times in a family’s life for a job will always seem too good to be true. I feel truly feel honored and blessed to be part of this extraordinary miracle.” Kathy Barnes RNC-OB, C-EFM


Karolyn Meinke RNC-OB, C-EFM

Having a Baby is one of the many memorable events in a couple’s life. The relationship I form with my patients is everlasting. Some of my good friends come from being their labor nurse. It’s a trusting bond –relationship. I feel so honored and it is a privilege being a part of their delivery and being a part bringing these babies into the world. Karolyn Meinke, RNC-OB, C-EFM


Michelle Lagalo BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM

I have been a Labor and Delivery nurse for over 11 years and it is the most amazing and gratifying job. It is my privilege to help in any way I can to welcome your new life into this world. Michelle Lagalo BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM




Lacy Putnam BSN, RN, CIMI, C-EFM

I am an RN at the Family Birthplace of MMC. Obstetrics has been a passion of mine since I began schooling. I never dreamt that I would be working my dream job and able to do something that I am passionate about daily in such an amazing birthplace. I am a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and I am able to work with families and their infants to create a bond through touch that will hopefully influence the rest of their relationship. Labor and delivery is an exciting department. There is something new happening every day! Lacy Putnam, BSN, RN, CIMI, C-EFM


Jennifer Neilson RNC-OB, C-EFM

Hello! I am Jennifer and am new to the MMC Family Birthplace. I just moved to the Ashland area with my husband and son from Colorado to be closer to our family. I feel like I have found my home here at MMC. The staff is amazing and welcoming. I am really impressed with the woman centered care and support they offer here. I especially love that they embrace natural and holistic care! I became a nurse in 2003 after watching my friend deliver her baby. I was honored to be in her room as a support and amazed at how strong and beautiful she was. I was hooked! I still feel that same joy and honor at every delivery I attend. I look forward to meeting you and your growing family! Jennifer Nielsen, RNC-OB, C-EFM


Emily Wohling BS,RN, C-EFM

I have been passionate about labor and delivery since I had my first child many years ago. That curiosity led me to pursue my final clinical experience while in nursing school at MMC’s Family Birthplace. While I was terrified at first, I quickly fell in love with the beauty of birth and watching families grow.  When an opening became available in this unit, I jumped at the opportunity to once again work with families welcoming a new little one.  I’ve had some amazing experiences so far and love every birth I’ve been fortunate to attend.  The patients have truly touched my heart and my coworkers have become family.  When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our five children. Emily Wohling BS, RN, C-EFM



Nancy Heidel BSN, RNC-OB,C-EFM

I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison making me a proud and avid Badger fan.  “On Wisconsin”!   Since my graduation in 1982, I have practiced nursing in a variety of settings in several states.  Most of my years have been dedicated to Maternal Child care.  The one constant throughout my years of practice has been my joy and appreciation of being a nurse.  Simply stated, my profession of nursing has far exceeded anything I could have envisioned.  I like being a nurse! What I also love is being a wife and mom.  In having our own children,  my husband I really appreciated where our babies were delivered and who was there helping us.  Priceless memories and keepsake moments! I have just recently relocated here to the shores of Lake Superior and have really enjoyed the feeling of being welcomed by others.  In working here at MMC in the Family Birthplace I am allowed to return that feeling – by helping welcome the newest residents of the area!  Nobody gets to attend more “birth”day celebrations than we do!  I hope you share your new baby’s birthday with us! Nancy Heidel BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM