12 Dec Ann Wilde
Before my journey into midwifery started, I trained as a doula and served families in our local community here in the Fox Valley area. It was a privilege to attend my first birth at the age of 23 at the side of my best friend, which inspired to become a birth doula. From that moment forward I knew I wanted to support women in pregnancy and birth. My journey to midwifery did not begin in a typical way. I started my path working in various medical settings and hospitals with hopes to providing better care within the medical system, but quickly realized that this system didn’t provide the standards I had for quality care. I worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant for a number of years, while also being enrolled in nursing school. Through my nursing school career I was still supporting women as a doula and last fall was my first out-of-hospital birth experience. It was like a light switch had been flipped and I had seen the light! I remember thinking to myself, “This is what birth is supposed to look like!” and this is the type of care I wanted women to receive. I finished out my semester of nursing school and started to look into other options on how to become an out-of-hospital midwife. I found my love for midwifery through supporting and educating other women through their experiences, families opening up their lives to me, and allowing me to be apart of their pregnancies and birth journeys into parenthood. Along with working at BirthWise Health and Birth Center as a student for a year now, I have also started my educational journey as a student midwife at Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgton, Maine in hopes to becoming a Certified Professional Midwife. It brings me so much joy and happiness to be apart of such an amazing practice that shares my vision on personalized quality care. I look forward to getting to know you and your family, as well as serving you throughout your own special journey through pregnancy and birth.