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. 

Meet our Midwives: Emily Leslie, CNM

Why did you become a midwife?
I have always believed in the strength and power of women and have been amazed by the awesome things our bodies and minds can do. I knew I wanted to help empower women so they could feel confident in making their own choices about whether to have children, and how and when to do so.  I originally wanted to be an OB/GYN, but then I discovered that midwives specialize in getting to know their patients and empowering women and families throughout their lives, and knew this was a perfect fit for me!