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.