I am a graduate of the University of Michigan, where I earned both a Masters Degree in Parent-Child Nursing, Midwifery Specialization and a Masters Degree in Public Health in the dual programs of Population Planning & International Health and Health Policy & Administration. I have practiced full-scope midwifery at Hutzel Women’s Hospital in Detroit, Providence Hospital in Southfield, and St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan. I have also worked at the Corner Adolescent Health Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where I was nurse-midwife, OB Case Manager and a Maternal Infant Health Program provider. I am Board Certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board, and licensed by the State of Michigan as both a nurse and a nurse-midwife.
I am the mother of three sons and participated in rearing three stepdaughters. My first son was delivered by my direct-entry midwife on the floor of an L&D room in a hospital after we transferred from an attempted home birth. My second son was delivered at home by two certified nurse-midwives. My third son was delivered in a hospital by a maternal-fetal medicine physician due to illness. They were all breastfed. Life experience informs my practice as well.
What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife?
To become a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), one must become a registered nurse, then get a master’s degree from an accredited program in midwifery. We are licensed by the State in which we practice, both as nurses and as midwives. We are required to participated in continuing education and maintain Board Certification from the American Midwifery Certification Board. I welcome LGBTQ patients, and women of all religious and ethnic groups. My focus is on providing women and their families with accurate, clear, full information so that they can make truly informed choices regarding their health and health care.
Certified Nurse-Midwives can do the following:
Annual GYN exams for women of any age, with specialization in the first GYN exam for teens with education about their bodies’ normal processes
Preconception counseling and exams
Labor and birth management
Birth control education and prescription
Testing and treatment for infection, including those which are sexually transmitted
Breastfeeding education and support
In Michigan, at this time, no one can call themselves a Certified Nurse-Midwife without meeting the above criteria, BUT anyone, regardless of educational level or training, can call herself a “midwife,” and do home births. In Michigan this is is not considered practicing medicine without a license. Know what your provider’s credentials are. Most CNMs in the U.S. attend births within the walls of a hospital or birth center. Most other types of midwives attend home births.
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