For the past 25 years I have had the privilege of working in women’s health care. Looking back I can say, with confidence, that women need caring, knowledgeable clinicians who not only work with you, but also for you.
My formal training was completed at St. Clair College, Cambridge University, and Philadelphia University, but my informal training as a midwife continues daily. Throughout my career I have had the privilege of working in several countries including Germany, Canada, England, Ireland and Haiti. These experiences range from prestigious academic centers, to remote, underserved areas. Each locale provided me with challenges, opportunities and life lessons that I carry with me every day.
Today, I am an adjunct professor (for Philadelphia University’s midwifery students), a student (of women and lactation certification studies), a mother (to Gabe & Jamison) and a midwife. The longer I am a midwife, the more I realize that women don’t need me to tell them what to do. What they do need is a strong team that listens, supports, and provides information to help them navigate their course.
These days, I listen more, and direct less. I have tremendous faith in our body’s ability to maintain health, fend off disease, and sustain pregnancy and birth, if called upon to do so. I also have a genuine appreciation of a woman’s individual stories, her history, expectations, fears, and needs, because I know they are complex and as individual as a fingerprint.
As a midwife, I have never been happier than I am at Nurture.
Here, I am able to practice in ways I always hoped I could; thoughtfully, unhurriedly and in a truly supportive environment. This means longer appointments with plenty of time to answer all of those lingering questions and post-partum home visits to help women in one of their greatest times of need, both initiatives just make sense to me.
In the end, our intentions here are simple, to provide great health care to a small number of women.
Surrounding every happy midwife are hundreds of wonderful women and I know that I’m blessed; I get to do what I love everyday, with remarkable professionals who feel the same way.
Hates: humidity, due dates, meddling, scales, know-it-alls, illogical rules, turning away an expectant mother in a busy month
Loves: peanut butter, confidence, a smooth IPA, the smell of fresh cut grass, karma, birth