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Moments of truth are personal. They happen in different ways for everyone, and for different reasons. Have you ever wondered about the way other people approach their health and their care? Below, check out stories from real people like you about their experiences with the US health care system and with midwifery care. You can also share your own here.

The moment I decided Midwifery was my path

I remember the first moment I knew that baby catching was my calling; the morning my eldest niece was born into this world. I attended UCSC with the goals and ambitions to conquer medical school and become an OBGYN. 2nd yr of premed, I was approached by a representative from the school of nursing at Columbia University. I was introduced to the world of advanced practiced nursing and the philosophy that followed it. I researched and researched; then finally it hit me; nurse midwifery is my future. It encompassed everything I truly believed in; advocacy for mom and baby; the natural perspective of birthing; empowering women to take charge of their bodies; recognizing the strength a woman holds within and the endless limits they can and will endure for their child's well being. It was mandatory to take an internship course with my pre-med major in which I shadow a physician. Well I decided to begin a new trend; I collaborated with my program director to search for a Midwife that would take me on as a student; I succeeded!! The amount of knowledge and skill I took away from that experience inspired me to apply to midwifery schools around the nation. I was accepted into Columbia and immediately decided "yes!". I just finished with the midwifery program at Columbia, and have moved back to CA. I passed my national boards and am now an entry level midwife. I did it; and the journey of midwifery along the way was breathtaking, exhilarating and everything I dreamed it would be.

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