Share your story: What does midwifery mean to you? What would you like to be celebrated in the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife?
Midwifery means whole-person, whole-family care to me. I would like to celebrate the women in health care who see their patients in the context of their life-situation and strive to provide options that serve those women’s specific needs.
Tell us about your background: Which midwifery education program did you attend or are currently attending? What are your areas of specialty? Who mentored you along the way in your career? What inspired you to become a midwife?
I graduated from Frontier Nursing University in January 2018. During that time, I had my third child and first home birth, which was attended by Joan Slager, CNM, DNP (current Dean of FNU). This gave me the opportunity to experience the life-changing model of midwifery personally, and Joan has served as a mentor to me professionally ever since.
After graduation, I made a hard choice to leave the hospital and work part-time with a pediatrician in the community doing well-woman care, home-birth dual care, and newborn exams. I am certified in a reproductive endocrinology method (FEMM Health) that utilizes hormonal testing, specialized pharmacological protocols, and a woman’s personal biomarkers to treat the root cause of menstrual irregularities, infertility, and more. Last year, I took a per diem position back at the hospital that allows me to practice holistic, full-scope midwifery with a large group of amazing CNMs. It is flexible enough to allow me to be home most of the week with my four young children. I feel truly blessed to be able to provide care, education, and tools to women as a nurse-midwife.
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