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?
I’m proud to be a Certified Nurse-Midwife, celebrating my first book publication, “Woman 2 Woman,” a book full of KEYs for women, “Knowledge to Empower You.” It is written for women, about women, from the perspective of a midwife.
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?
After 15 years as a Labor and Delivery (L&D) nurse, then Clinical Director of L&D, I decided to follow my passion to purse midwifery. Growing up in a small town in Alabama, my family had little resources, but my grandmother was a granny midwife and inspired me in ways she will never know to become a midwife. However, as a military wife and mother of four, returning as an adult learner while working full time was extremely challenging. Now, as a proud 2002 graduate of East Carolina University, I’ve traveled across the country caring for women and families for years. Most recently, I’ve fulfilled my passion of penning a book to help women around the world understand their bodies and empower them to live healthier and happier lives. Currently, I’m practicing full time with Advent Healthcare in Orlando, FL and mentoring midwifery students.
I’m honored that you’ve chosen to highlight African American midwives, and as a member of ACNM, I feel I would represent midwives well, inspiring others to join our ranks, especially those from the African American community.
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