Ashley Woodruff, CNM

Ashley Woodruff, CNM, joined the midwifery team at Special Beginnings in April 2016. She came to us from a hospital-based practice in Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she had worked since becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife.

The First Step: Nursing

Ashley loves being a midwife and she

“wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world!”

She witnessed a birth for the first time during nursing school and fell in love. Ashley attended the University of Pennsylvania for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and graduated summa cum laude in December of 2010. Ashley worked on Medicine, Telemetry, and Oncology/Hospice units prior to beginning her journey to become a midwife.

The Next Step: Midwifery

In 2012, Ashley returned to the University of Pennsylvania for a combined graduate program to become both a Certified Nurse Midwife and a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master of Science in Nursing in December 2013, achieving a 4.0 GPA.

Ashley spent her final semester in graduate school at The Birth Center in Wilmington, Delaware, where she learned to support women birthing naturally. She feels strongly that women birth best when their choices are respected and she strives to provide care that is evidence-based.

These aspirations brought Ashley to Special Beginnings:

“I love that Special Beginnings offers options like nitrous oxide, waterbirth, and free movement that empower women to birth how they would like, instinctively and physiologically, in a cozy homelike environment.”

When Ashley has free time, she enjoys knitting (more of an obsession, actually), playing piano, hiking, skiing and spending time with her dog and cat.


  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2010
  • Master of Science, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2013
  • Certified Nurse Midwife, American Midwifery Certification Board, 2014
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified, National Certification Corporation, 2014