We are proud to offer in-hospital midwifery care at Chatham Maternity Care Center. Midwives offer primary care, gynecologic and family planning services, preconception care, care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, and care of the normal newborn during the first 28 days of life.
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What is your role?
I am a Certified Nurse-Midwife providing full scope care. This means that I provide care from the menarche (when someone starts menstruating) all the way through menopause. This includes complete physical exams, pap smears, STI screening, breast exams, prenatal care, postpartum care, and newborn care through the first 28 days of life. I also get to take care of birthing people and catch babies at the new Chatham Hospital Maternity Care Center!
What drew you to this type of work?
I was drawn to this work because of my background in public health. Learning about the huge impact that midwives make on the health of communities inspired me to pursue midwifery for myself as a career. The midwifery philosophy of care centers around seeing people as a whole and integrating their emotional, psychological, and social health along with their physical health. As midwives we see pregnancy and birth as a normal, healthy life transition. I wanted the opportunity to connect with people deeply while also caring for their physical needs. I have had the opportunity to witness the power of birth in a variety of settings including homes, birth centers, and in the hospital.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love having the opportunity to learn people’s stories. I feel so lucky to walk alongside people through some of the most important moments of their lives.
What is your favorite Children’s book?
I can’t choose just one! The Never-ending Story, The Paper bag Princess, The Giver
What is your favorite food?
Watermelon is my answer as a healthcare provider, Gummy worms is my real answer!