Jill Whitfield

RN, MSN, CNM, CCE, Certified Nurse Midwife.  LPN, 1971, Savannah Technical School;  RN, 1977, Armstrong State College;  BS Education, 1983, Ferris State University;  MSN, 1999, Armstrong Atlantic State University;   CNM 2003, Medical University of South Carolina; Certified Childbirth Educator.

My career has been as evolution and staircase of events that brought me to this wonderful dream- the adventure of midwifery.  Becoming a midwife was a lifelong dream that was many years in the making.

It all began at an early age watching my beloved Grandmother.  She was a nurse and anything and everything she was, I made it my business to do and be as well.  She was my inspiration to be a nurse.

At age 17 and a senior in high school (and only needed one credit to graduate), I found a way out of a senior year of English and a multitude of boring study halls, library assistant time, and electives.  I co-oped and attended the LPN program at Savannah Technical College.  I graduated from LPN school and High School in 1971 at age 18.  From there, I attended Armstrong State College and completed the Nursing Program in 1977.

My love of OB nursing began officially in 1974, as an LPN, in a small community hospital where I had the opportunity to learn from the greatest Obstetrician, Dr Chen Shih, I have ever worked with.  I had so much respect for this man, I wanted to do what he did.  No, I did not want to become an obstetrician, I was a nurse and always would be.  I knew someday, somehow I would be a nurse midwife.  The time was not right as my husband and I had two small daughters and they had to come first.

By 1984, I had my education degree from Ferris State University, a certification in Inpatient OB nursing and a certification in Childbirth Education. My Master’s Degree in Nursing from Armstrong Atlantic State University occurred in 1999 and I became a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Women’s Health.  By this time, one daughter had graduated from college and the second was finishing up, I decided it was “now or never”.  So, in 2002, on I trudged over to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and earned a Post Master’s Certificate in Nurse Midwifery.   My dream to become  a nurse midwife had really happened ! God had blessed me with over 12 months of clinical experience at the Birth Center and I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, it was where I belonged.  So, I was hired early in 2004 and it has been my midwifery home ever since.  I am eternally grateful to God, my wonderful husband, my family and Nancy Belin for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful organization of women taking care of women.  It is indeed a dream come true.

Jill Whitfield