Kate Lawrence, CNM
A Neighborhood Family Practice Midwife
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.
What is your favorite thing about being a midwife at NFP?
The patients. I love getting to know all the patients and their families. It's an honor to be able to care for the women. we see here. I think equally favorite would be my coworkers and support staff. I feel Incredibly blessed everyday by everyone I work with.
What is your most memorable birth?
They are all so memorable! It's hard to choose. One that stands out, and was very special to me, was a rainbow baby. She was born almost one year to the day after this mom had lost a pregnancy. I was able to care for her in both situations. There wasn't a dry eye in the room at the birth of her baby girl. Truly tears of joy!
What is the one thing you want people to know about midwives?
We are here for you! We pride ourselves on being available to our patients, to the best of our abilities, at any time that they need us. We will be at your birth with you, and are available for all of your postpartum and breastfeeding needs.
What is your favorite piece of advice for mommies-to-be?
It's impossible to spoil newborns. Love and hold your babies as much as you possibly can. I highly suggest a baby wrap for baby wearing. You will ultimately have a happier, more secure baby the closer you are to them in the early months of their lives.