YNM Member Story: Ellen Solis, CNM

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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 having the training, education, and capacity to reach each of my patients and support them as they deserve to be. This can mean watchful waiting in labor, counseling on contraception, compassionate and informed prenatal care, offering appropriate interventions, or whatever is needed in the moment. In the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, I would like to see recognition of all the work midwives do and the enormous impact we can make on the lives of the individuals and families we care for. Midwives are uniquely trained and suited to reach BIPOC and improve the health of our communities, and this can be made stronger by recognition, support, and teamwork.

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 received my BSN at the University of Pennsylvania (2002) and my MSN (2007) and DNP (2016) at Frontier Nursing University. I was inspired to pursue midwifery by every midwife I met along my journey. I was cared for by midwives during both of my pregnancies and mentored along with way by colleagues and supporters who saw the value of midwifery. I found the perfect career!