If you have been in labor during the night, you may have been fortunate to have the nursing care of Heather Karp, RN. She loves to take call as birth assistant overnight for the peace and quiet of night time births. It is ideal for her life, as she spends her days with her almost three year old daughter.
Heather gave birth to Livy at AAMC in October 2014 with Joanne as her midwife. She had a long labor and remembers every midwife spending time with her one on one and feeling truly supported.
Some of Heather’s favorite experiences are with women who had prior hospital experiences and are transformed by their birth center births. She wants more women and families to know how wonderful, peaceful and supported birth can be!
When my second son was born in December 2009, I transitioned from midwifery into a more supportive role at Special Beginnings. Since then, I have managed our social media platforms, taught baby care, sibling preparation and the occasional breastfeeding classes. I have continued to attend births in the nurse’s assisting role. I love being a midwife, it is the joy and purpose of my life…second only to being a mother! I gave birth to a daughter in 2012 and I am incredibly fortunate to be a mostly-at-home mom while continuing to support family centered, beautiful birth center births.
The bittersweet milestones of our children’s lives bring them ever nearer to their independence. It’s the juxtaposition of our jobs as parents to prepare them while we cherish their smallness, their unfolding. My youngest will enter kindergarten in the fall. My big guy just turned ten and my little guy is in first grade. My kids are nowhere near moving out and moving on! However, my days of nursing babies and toddlers and diapering and existing as the center of their universes have developed into days of cheering on their endeavors and marveling at the thoughts they think. I still kiss ouchies and hold hands, and now, we read bedtime stories to each other. I create boundaries and keep them safe. But I no longer smell like breast milk, nor do I follow the kids around the playground.
And so, it is with great pleasure and contentment that I return to the role of Certified Nurse Midwife with the practice at Special Beginnings in a part- time position. I love getting to know our clients and families during prenatal appointments again. It makes birth all the more precious to me when my hands have tracked your baby’s growth and we have sat together and envisioned your baby’s birthday.
I am thrilled to return to gynecological care. I like to solve problems, like a woman’s health Nancy Drew, and I love the stories that women have to tell. The strength and persistence of women is the story of the earth itself. I look forward to working with you.
As Director of Midwifery, my goals for Special Beginnings include: to continue to provide the high quality of health care that our clients expect with renewed energy and passion; also, our craft of midwifery will focus on the needs of our “Village.”
For more than a dozen years, I worked to obtain my midwifery degree with determination and personal sacrifice for myself and my family. I feel truly privileged to be able to provide midwifery care. It is my purpose. Being a midwife is my life.
I have been instrumental in the implementation of our new electronic medical records (EMR) system which gives every client access to her own chart at any time. We now have nitrous oxide for laboring women as an effective choice for pain management and I developed the protocols for its use the training therein. I envision many more exciting things to come for the Special Beginnings community!