Cindy Sexton, CNM, joined the team at Special Beginnings as a midwife in November 2015.
It Runs in the Family
Taking care of people seems to be a family occupation. Her dad was a pediatrician and her mom was a nurse. She has two siblings who are nurses and one who is an ER physician. Cindy started taking care of geriatric patients as a teenager, but liked the babies in the nursery even more.
Cindy started nursing courses in college and knew she had found her niche. From her first time on the labor and delivery unit, she found her life’s calling. She would say “I would do this even if I didn’t get paid!” Her first job as a Labor and Delivery nurse was with the staff she had worked with as a student. She feels fortunate to have had a fantastic CNM mentor from the beginning of her career.
Cindy was eager to advance in her field and finished a Master’s Degree in Parent Child Nursing from Rush University in Chicago in the first two years. With her husband serving in the Navy, she traveled and worked in obstetrical nursing in California, Florida and Virginia. She taught in a community college and experienced a variety of clinical care in obstetrics:
“All of this showed me that I enjoyed being with women one on one most of all. When we moved to Virginia, I knew Georgetown University was close enough for me to attend and they had a nurse midwifery program! I loved what I was studying and everything I got to do as a student!”
Adventures and New Beginnings
Cindy’s first job as a CNM was working full scope, part- time at Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington DC. Six months later, her husband had the opportunity to work in Germany. They took a leap and had an amazing adventure there that lasted 11 years, during which time Cindy had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom to her two girls, Susan and Sarah.
Upon returning to Maryland in 2005, Cindy embarked upon a long journey back to midwifery. She completed a refresher program for her RN license, and worked in OB clinics at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland. She then completed a refresher program for nurse midwifery through Philadelphia University, through which she had the chance to work with a homebirth CNM in Pennsylvania.
“My whole view of birth was turned upside down! My past had been high risk, but I knew my future would be completely different. I loved, loved, loved the miracle and beauty of natural birth. Being able to work as a CNM at Special Beginnings and support families having a birth like that is a dream come true.”
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Northwestern University, 1983
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Northwestern University, 1984
- Master of Science in Nursing, Parent Child Nursing, Rush University, 1985
- Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Midwifery, Georgetown University, 1992
- Certified Nurse Midwife, American Midwifery Certification Board, 1992