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Moving Toward Midwifery: Why Should I Become a Nurse-Midwife?

October 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT

Who ME?…a midwife?…. If this is your initial reaction when thinking about pursuing a career as a nurse-midwife, this session will help you figure out if this is a good fit for you. Listen in as a former Labor & Delivery nurse, a former Certified Professional Midwife, a nurse with NO Labor & Delivery experience and other CNMs that come from other backgrounds discuss their experiences. These nurse-midwives had these same questions before deciding that becoming a Nurse-Midwife was their calling. Their stories will help open your eyes to the passion, dedication, love and joy that this career path entails.

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nicholson-head-shot-2Tonya Nicholson

Tonya Nicholson, DNP, CNM,, WHNP- BC, CNE, FACNM is the Associate Dean of Midwifery and Women’s Health for Frontier Nursing University. She has a rich history with FNU as a 1999 graduate for midwifery, the first DNP graduate in 2009, and a WHNP graduate in 2011. Tonya served the women of central Florida in full scope practice from 2000-2006 where she also directed the midwifery service. In 2006, she joined the Frontier faculty and then became the Program Director in 2010 and the Associate Dean in 2015. Tonya currently practices part time in her hometown of Dublin, GA. She has a variety of teaching experience, but the majority has been focused on the prenatal period and in clinical courses. Tonya is very interested in communication and civility at the individual and institutional levels and focuses most of her scholarship in this area.

jessica-henman-head-shot2016Jessica Henman

Jessica Henman CNM, CPM, received her Masters from Frontier Nursing University in 2010, and got most of her training at a busy birth center/home birth practice in Pennsylvania, primarily from FNU graduate midwives. She has lived in St Louis for most of her adult life, and is the mother of 3 wonderful kiddos. Prior to becoming a midwife, Jessica worked internationally in humanitarian aid, and was a childbirth educator and doula in St Louis. Jessica is very active in family and church life and supports the midwifery and mothering community through her role on the Boards of the Missouri Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives and The Sparrows Nest Teen Maternity Home. In 2012 Jessica founded Birth and Wellness Center, the only licensed freestanding birth center in eastern Missouri, offering home, birth center and hospital birth options to families throughout the metro St Louis area and beyond.

latrice-martin-headshotLatrice Martin

Latrice Martin finished her career in the Air Force and then worked as a surgical tech as a civilian while going to nursing school. She worked in labor and delivery while fulfilling her dream of earning a Masters of Science in Nursing degree and Midwifery certificate in 12/2009 at what was then the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. Since graduating she has have worked in a variety of women’s health care roles and is currently working at the only birth center in Nebraska,The Midwife’s Place. She has a wonderful husband and three beautiful children the last of which was born at The Midwife’s Place!

robyn-mchughRobyn McHugh

Robyn McHugh is a recent graduate of Frontier Nursing University’s nurse-midwifery program. She graduated this past June and passed her Board Examination July 12th, 2016, successfully earning the title of a Certified Nurse Midwife. She is currently working toward completing the Licensure and Accreditation process for birth centers at Missouri Mennonite Clinic. She remains employed at the same location where she previously worked as a registered nurse and Certified Professional Midwife.

samson_kimberly_aKimberly Samson


October 6, 2016
6:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT
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