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Meet a Midwife
Tracy Burns, CNM
Years of practice: I have been an RN since 2003. I was a bedside OB nurse for one year then switched to NICU for 13 years before becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife.
Why did you become a midwife? I became a nurse-midwife because I have always had a deep passion for women and infants. I have always been fascinated with pregnancy and fetal development.
What do you wish women knew about pregnancy or birth? That it is one of the most amazing times in your life but also one of the hardest and most challenging things you will ever experience. That you have so much power and influence on the outcome. That through nutrition, fitness, mind-prep and good support you can have optimal outcomes and decrease your risk for complications. I pray that every single woman has resources, education, support and the tools they need to make informed decisions. My ultimate goal for every woman I care for is for them to feel empowered and transition into motherhood like a boss!!!!!
What were your own birth experiences like? I had my first daughter when I was 24. I did weight watchers and walked every single day during my pregnancy. I had zero idea about NCB and my husband and I didn't even realize that we needed a childbirth class, as healthcare providers we thought we were prepared. I would like to say we had good traditional obstetrical care. They stripped my membranes at 37 weeks and accidentally broke my water and i had a 24 hour labor and a vacuum delivery. With my second I also had my membranes sweeped at 37 weeks and then went into labor the next morning. Was 6-7cm when I got to the hospital with absolutely no pain management plan and no coping mechanisms so I got an epidural and had a speedy delivery shortly after. I do not have any plans to have anymore kiddos.... but I do slightly wish I had the resources that I have found in this community back then. I would love to train for, and have a natural childbirth.... but instead I will be helping all of you with that!!!!
If you could change one thing about women's health care, what would it be? If I could change one thing about women’s health care I would be able to provide mental health, nutrition counseling, exercise and fitness programs, and more general wellness and prevention to my patients, at younger ages to help decrease their risks across their life span.