Sherry Hartenbower

BSN, MSN, Certified Nurse Midwife.  1978 Diploma in Nursing, St Francis School of Nursing, Peoria, IL.  1986 Bachelors in Nursing, Bradley University, Peoria, Il.  1995 Masters in Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.

I started my nursing career in Peoria, Illinois in 1978.  As an RN I worked in the Pediatric ICU and then labor and delivery unit of a major medical center (L3 hospital).  I would care for a woman for my 12 hour shift, share in one of her most memorable and intimate life events, and then never see her again.  I yearned for continuity.  At times, I watched that same woman be subjected to many unnecessary and dehumanizing procedures for the convenience of the staff and attending physician.  I soon concluded that if I was to continue to care for the childbearing family I had to find a better way.  So I went back to school to become a nurse midwife.  My husband and I moved our family to Summerville SC to attend the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  I graduated in 1995.  It was during the final semester of my senior year that I met Nancy Belin and Margaret Dorroh.   From the minute I walked into the doors of the Birth Center as a student I felt as if I belonged.  Upon graduation I moved to Havre de Grace MD and worked in a private practice, attending births in a small community hospital.  And then 9-11 happened and my father died.  Both of these events made me reconsider where I wanted my career to lead me and my family to grow up.  I began looking for a new position, and found that the Birth Center was hiring.  I began working at the Family Health and Birth Center in Rincon with Nancy and Margaret in May of 2003.  Again  commitment to family changed my career path.  I left the Birth Center in 2007 to return to Peoria and care for my aging mother.  Upon her passing, I again returned to the Birth Center in January of 2016.

Midwifery embodies  the “with woman” philosophy.  I have worked the majority of my career in the hospital setting.  I strove to provide to my clients what I witnessed missing as a labor and delivery nurse- evidenced based care, shared decision making, and family centered care.  It was an uphill struggle many days.  The Birth Center is the home of midwifery.  I’m thrilled to be back home.

Sherry Hartenbower