Diane Banigo

Job Title


Diane Banigo is a doctorate-prepared nurse-midwife (with in & out of hospital birth experience) called to do more than help women birth babies. When she is not at the bedside of moms, Dr. Banigo is journeying alongside women giving birth to their vision while living out their God-given purpose in life. As a fierce community advocate for Black Maternal Health matters, she is also a nurse educator, perinatal consultant, and business owner.

Started at Bethel



  • St. Catherine University - DNP, 2019
  • University of Minnesota - MS, 2005
  • St. Scholastica - BAN, 2001

Courses Taught

Comprehensive Health Assessment 

Maternity and Women's Health Nursing Swift River OB Clinical Rotation 

Health Care of Women 

Adult Health Nursing 


Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Minnesota, 2018

Award of Midwifery Excellence, 2008

McNair Scholar, 2001


Lee-Kron, H., DeYoung, K., Banigo, D., Jones, C., Foster, V., Price, M., Osmon, S., Hardeman, S., Johnston, M., Bokamba, M., Morris, K., Jackson, N., Thomas, C., Osmon, A., Harris, G., Scott, A. (Published as The Equity Lab 2021). Liquid Gold and It Takes A Village. Ramsey County.

Banigo, D. (published as Isaac, D. 2005). West African Immigrant Healthcare Information Needs. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota.

Banigo, D. (published as Isaac, D. 2001). Nurse Job Satisfaction.  McNair Scholarly Review, Duluth, MN: College of St. Scholastica.


Banigo, D. (2019). Culturally Reflective Support Groups: Pathway to Prenatal Care for African American Women. Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Presentations, St. Catherine University.

Banigo, D. (2018). Have You Seen HER: Black Girl, Please Come! Doctor of Nursing Practice Preliminary Presentations, St. Catherine University.

Banigo, D. (published as Isaac, D. 2000). Nurse Job Satisfaction.  Poster Presentation, McNair Scholars Program, Duluth, MN: College of St. Scholastica. 

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

American College of Nurse-Midwives

Birth Equity Community Council (BECC) Parent as Teacher (PAT) Ramsey County Advisory Board

Intergrated Care for High Risk Pregnancies (ICHRP) Board of Directors

MN ACNM Chapter- Indigenous Midwives of Color Committee (IMOCC) Elder

MN Department of Health (MDH) Maternal and Child Health Advisory Task Force

Areas of expertise

Dr. Banigo champions systemic equity with a particular interest in fostering socially safe, harm-free, and culturally congruent care for individuals in communities with the worst birth-related disparities and racialized lived experiences.


The journey of 10,000 steps starts with one step. -Dr. Daniel Yalowitz