The Homan's Story

When the Homan family arrived in northeast Ohio in September 2016, one of the first things they asked about at Neighborhood Family Practice was dental services. The family of six had been living in South Africa for the past 17 years after fleeing from their native Zimbabwe. While navigating through the complex, and often slow, refugee and resettlement process, the Homan’s received basic health and dental care services.

Karen's Story

Karen didn’t have a good experience when her son was born breech 10 years ago. When she became pregnant a couple of years ago, she was very concerned about the same thing happening again. A friend recommended the CenteringPregnancy® program at NFP, which brings together women with similar due dates and includes prenatal care that combines the medical appointment, education and support in a series of sessions.

Meet our Midwives: Julie Kellon, CNM

Why did you become a midwife?  
I had been working in advertising for about five years and was finding myself unfulfilled.  I really wanted to do something to help women/people, not just try to get them to buy different products.  I had been exposed to midwifery in college previously. I shadowed a friend who did an independent study on midwifery in Holland (we were there for school) and had a teacher that showed home birth movies during our child psychology class.  Also as I was starting to rethink my profession in advertising, I had my first child with a Certified Nurse Midwife in Jacksonville, FL.  While that birth ended in a cesarean section, I fell in love with the profession. Shortly after my daughter's birth, I quit my job and went back to school to become a midwife.  It was the best decision I've ever made.  I adore what I do.

Meet our Midwives: Kate Lawrence, CNM

Why did you become a midwife?
I had been a labor nurse for seven years. In a matter of a few months, I had five situations where I ended up catching the baby because the baby came before the doctors made it to the room. It was an incredibly exhilarating feeling, and I knew that I wanted to go back to school so that I could always be the one catching.

Meet our Midwives: Emily Sadri, CNM

Why did you become a midwife?
Becoming a midwife didn't feel like a choice for me--it felt like something I was always meant to do, and one day I finally listened. I've always stood in awe of witnessing the act of becoming a mother. From pregnancy, to parenting an infant and a growing baby, women are changing and evolving as much as their children are. In labor, these changes are huge and dramatic, and women are pushed to their very edges as they cope and work to birth. Then as new mothers, women work in subtler, but still difficult ways to adapt themselves to their new role. These changes and struggles fascinate me, and it is an absolute gift to have the job of supporting women during these monumental times.