Meet Our Care Providers

Higgins.jpgKathy S. Higgins, CNM, MSN - Assistant Professor & Division Director

Kathy earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Valparaiso University, Indiana in 1978 and a Masters of Science with a specialty in Midwifery from Georgetown University, Washington DC in 1992, while serving in the US Air Force. Kathy has been in women's healthcare for 21 years.

"I believe midwifery promotes and supports personalized care, treating each woman and family as a unique entity and not just another number. Midwifery care entails assessing all aspects of a woman's life, providing informative education as to her choices and supporting her decisions.

I also see midwifery offering something very special to those women who give birth. Women often carry a picture in their minds about how they would like the birthing experience to happen. Midwifery provides a safe and supportive environment for women and their families to experience this special time."


Margaret E. Berreth, CNM, MSN - Assistant Professor

Originally from Delaware, Margaret “Meg” earned a Bachelors Degree in Religion and Women’s Studies from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. While working in an outpatient gynecology clinic in Chicago, Meg found her interest in women’s health growing into a career choice. She entered the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her BSN and MSN. After graduating, Meg worked for six years in New Jersey as a Certified Nurse Midwife. She and her family moved to North Carolina in the fall of 2008 to be closer to family and are enjoying all the area has to offer. Meg lives in Carrboro with her husband and two young children.

“I have been involved in women’s healthcare for more than 15 years. Access to safe reproductive healthcare is vital to the well being of all women and their families. Pregnancy and childbirth are special times in families’ lives; I consider it a privilege as well as a great responsibility to share these times with the families I care for. Being a midwife involves creating an honest, open and accepting relationship with a woman and her family. This relationship is the basis from which we can work together to make the best healthcare decisions possible.”

cox.jpgJenny Cox, CNM - Instructor

In 1995, Jenny received her BSN from the University of North Carolina's School of Nursing followed by her Midwifery degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2001.  Jenny has practiced midwifery in a community hospital, a freestanding birth center, and an academic medical center. She hopes to bring the best of each of these experiences to UNC.  She also is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and loves helping mamas and babies on their path to successful breastfeeding.

" My name is Jenny Cox and I am excited to be joining the UNC Midwives. I have practiced midwifery for eight years and don’t remember what it was like NOT being a midwife. I have always been interested in reproductive issues affecting women and was drawn to midwifery as a result. I have practiced midwifery in a community hospital, a free standing birth center, and in an academic medical center – I hope to bring the best of each of these experiences to UNC! I am also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and love helping mamas and babies on their path to successful breastfeeding.

I am a Durham native and live there with my partner of 23 years and our two children. When not taking care of women, you can find me playing with my kids, gardening, and spending time with my abundance of local family.

I look forward to meeting all of the women who come to the UNC midwives for their pregnancy and gynecologic care."




Devan-johnson.jpgStephanie DeVane-Johnson, CNM, MSN - Assistant Professor

Stephanie is native of North Carolina. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1993. In 1997 she received a Masters of Science Degree in Nursing and Certification in Nurse-Midwifery from Vanderbilt University in Nashville TN.  She worked in Cary where she practiced for 9 years. She has extensive experience in well woman gynecology as well as low and high risk Obstetrics.

" My philosophy of nurse-midwifery is “caring for woman throughout the life span”. I enjoy seeing a patient preconception throughout her pregnancy, deliver her baby then annually on a GYN basis. I think this is the formula for a trusting and lasting relationship. A family trusts me with their care and I trust them to take care of themselves as well as their families.

This journey has sentimental value for me. I was born at UNC Hospital and now I have the privilege of delivering babies where I received my start. Delivering babies is my passion and I can not imagine doing anything else.

I have a wonderful husband and a beautiful daughter. My hobbies are shopping, shopping and spending time with my family. To me “objects and things come and go, but memories last a lifetime”.


mathias.jpgNancy G. Mathias, RN, CNM, MSN - Instructor

Nancy became a member of UNC Midwifery in the summer of 2010.  She joins us from Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina.   She received her Masters in Nursing from East Carolina University in 1994.

"I did things in the opposite order that most people do.  I married my husband Denny when I was 18 and had our daughter, Laura.  When Laura left home to come to UNC, I went back to school and received my BSN from UNC Charlotte.  I worked as a nurse in Charlotte in cardiac intensive care and labor and delivery for the next 5 years before returning to ECU for my MSN in Midwifery.  Since that time I have been a midwife doing full scope ob/gyn care in private practices, community health centers and hospital owned practice.

Denny and I have been married for 43 years and we both look forward to living in the Chapel Hill area.  Our granddaughters are also looking forward to visiting us here because they LOVE the Lady Tarheels and basketball. My hobbies are reading, needlework and my dog(s).

I love midwifery and can't imagine my life without the wonderful, strong women I meet in my practice.  Getting to know them and their families and being with them during some of the most important moments of their lives is so rewarding. I hope to continue practicing midwifery at UNC for a long, long time."

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