When I became an RN in 2000, my intention was to spend a year or two learning the ins and outs of birth before attending a midwifery school. It didn’t take me long to realize that every birth I attend has something to teach me, and I must admit that the hospital environment was slightly addictive, if only for the sheer number and variety of births it allowed me to attend. In 2006, I knew it was time for a change, and I applied to Seattle Midwifery School. It was an amazing experience, focused entirely on home and birth center births, and it helped me to find a balance between my medical training and my knowledge that birth is safe and intuitive, not needing to be medicalized. The birth of my own son in 2009 reinforced for me the value of a caregiver who understands the individual needs of every family, and I am so happy to be able to provide this style of care to families at the co-op.
Peggy Maudsley, RM