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I was endlessly impressed by these women and found myself gravitating away from high tech, medically managed births and towards their gentle, peaceful manner. When my best friend since high school became pregnant, the first piece of advice I gave her was to find a midwife. When that wasn’t an option with her insurance, I found myself trying to bridge the gap and help her have the respectful, empowering birth she deserved. By the time her baby arrived arrived in 2010, I knew it was time to take the next step. A few weeks before his first birthday, I began my first Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) courses at Frontier Nursing University and graduated in 2015.
Many of my FNU courses included information about out of hospital birth. At the same time, I was working in a very midwifery- friendly hospital in North Carolina where many of the midwives also attended home births and the facility included low intervention suites for water births. This opened my eyes to how beautifully unique and empowering birth could be, but I felt I needed more experience as a midwife before “someday” pursuing my dream job in a birth center. To get this experience, I took a hospital position in Maryland where I attended over 200 births. When I became pregnant with my daughter, I instinctively felt that true midwifery model, out of hospital care was what I HAD to have for my family.
Little Roxie Elisabeth was guided earthside by a pair of fantastic CPMs in August 2017. After 7 years of fertility struggles, I’m taking time to enjoy being a mom. This means I won’t typically be attending births, but I will be helping with prenatal, postpartum and gynecologic appointments. I look forward to building relationships here in Richmond and providing individualized care to women from adolescence through menopause.