We are so happy to introduce Tasha Brua, APRN, CNM as part of our midwifery team! We got to know and love Tasha during her time at MBC as a student nurse-midwife last winter. You’ll see Tasha serving moms in clinic and at birth starting this week.
What professional experience did you have prior to working at Minnesota Birth Center?
I began nursing in 2006, after graduating from St. Olaf College, in Northfield, MN. The majority of my career (seven years) was spent as an OB nurse at Methodist Hospital, where I cared for women during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. Providing care to women during labor and birth deeply resonated with me. Regardless of the way a woman chose to labor, I enjoyed supporting, coaching and caring for her and her baby.
Over the years, I grew interested in midwifery care, and physiologic birth. Birth is sacred, empowering and deeply transformative. I wanted to be in a role where I could make this truth known. A deep desire within, and much encouragement from family and friends, led me to pursue my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. I attended Frontier Nursing University, one of America’s oldest midwifery schools. While I was a student nurse-midwife, I cared for women and families at MBC, and Fairview Riverside. I have been mentored by extremely thoughtful and wise CNMs, each has impacted the nurse-midwife I am today.
What brought you to MBC?
I knew about MBC since its conception and was in awe of the model of care. I am an advocate for out-of-hospital, physiologic birth, and have yearned to care for women in a high touch, low-tech, environment. I understand the importance of access to a hospital when medical needs arise, and am pleased that MBC midwives have the ability to continue caring for clients when unique situations arise. For a woman who desires natural childbirth in an intimate, out-of-hospital environment, MBC offers the ideal set-up.
Women and families receive highly individualized and evidence-based care at MBC. I know this first-hand after caring for many families during my time at MBC last winter. The team of care providers and staff at MBC are motivated to improve childbirth outcomes and healthcare experiences for women and families. I am honored to be joining the MBC family.
What is the main piece of advice you like to share with pregnant mamas?
1) Everyone, including your neighbor’s sister, will give you advice about pregnancy, parenting, and birth. Take what resonates with you, and leave the rest behind. Seek the knowledge you desire, and trust that you know what is best.
2) Beyond preparing for the physical act of giving birth, ready your mind and spirit. Explore your emotions, read positive birth stories, and surround yourself with people who will encourage and support you during pregnancy, birth and your transition to motherhood.
3) Strongly consider hiring a doula. They are invaluable members of the birth team!
What are your interests outside of work?
My second love is yoga. From fast-paced vinyasa to deeply nurturing yin, I cherish time on my mat. I enjoy spending time in nature, whether being active or relaxing, nothing beats MN summers. My other loves include energy medicine, traveling, live music and spending time with family and friends.
Do you have a family? Tell us about them.
My partner, Kyle, and I live in Minneapolis. We are getting married this October! Kyle is extremely supportive, kind and generous. He works for LeadPages, a fast growing software company. In our free time, Kyle and I enjoy biking, cabin time in Northern Wisconsin, Netflix binging, and whipping together a delicious Saturday brunch.
What is the craziest thing you have done?
In the past nine years, I have moved eight times! Moving awarded me the opportunity to become familiar with several neighborhoods in the twin cities. Despite the frigid winters, this is a lovely place to call home.