Getting to Know Courtney

CourtneyWhat professional experience did you have prior to working at Minnesota Birth Center?
I started my nursing career in a small fishing city in Peru where I worked in a maternity center with mothers in labor and also did home visits for patients receiving end-of-life care. It was an incredibly eye-opening time and I was able to serve families on both ends of the life spectrum. I also gained experience in the US working in primary care with Latino immigrants, in an HIV clinic, with teens and young adults, and in labor and birth in a Twin Cities’ hospital.

What brought you to MBC?
The smell of baking bread! And the incredible philosophy of the MBC team. I wanted a position where I could support women and families throughout the life-span in an area that is truly life-changing. I am very passionate about supporting women in having the birth that she desires and have seen the transformative power of physiologic birth. I had toured MBC as a midwifery student and thought “it would be my dream to someday work here!”. And here I am.

What is your birth philosophy?
Birth works, always on it’s own terms, but it works if you trust the process. We cannot control such an amazing life event, but we can stand back in awe and ensure safety and trust.

What inspires you professionally?
I am inspired by strong women working to transform healthcare; by individuals taking birth back into safe out-of-hospital settings and reminding us of the normalcy it holds. I love a good birth story, especially when a woman is transformed and healed by her experience.

What is the main piece of advice you like to share with pregnant mamas?
Do not Google it; ask your midwife.

Courtney

What are your interests outside of work?
I love being outdoors, hiking, kayaking, and camping. I tried my hand at gardening this year and realized I am not cut out for it. Any tips appreciated! I also love exploring the Twin Cities and traveling outside the U.S. And I love to try adventurous new foods— the stranger, the better!

Do you have a family? Tell us about them.
At home it’s just me, my husband Erik, and our dog Brutis. I also have my lovely mother in Minneapolis, and a dad, sister, brother-in-law, and adorable nephews in Seattle who I love to visit.

What is the craziest thing you have done?
I swam with crocodiles!

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