The inside scoop on Jessica, bride-to-be.

Jessica2All Moms that have been to Minnesota Birth Center know Jessica. Her cheerful smile and helpful attitude have been foundational in most families’ Minnesota Birth Center experience.  Today, on the eve of her wedding, we wish Jessica all the happiness she deserves as she embarks on a new life-adventure with Stefan and the boys.  Congratulations, Jessica!
What brought you to Minnesota Birth Center?
While working part-time in a clinic I met Dr. Calvin (MBC’s Founder) and he shared with with me the vision he had for the Birth Center.  He offered me a position as a nurse to help organize the initial set up of the birth center. It was an opportunity that I was thrilled to jump into. The team of midwives that were hired have made my job better and more fulfilling than I could have imagined.  Also, getting to know so many wonderful women from the community as they have come through our doors has been such an inspiration for me.
What inspires you professionally?
  I am so excited to be a part of personal and relational health care.  I feel like building relationships and feeling like your provider cares about your individual needs and has the time to spend to get to know you is part of what makes good care, great care.  The team of midwives and other staff here are wonderful to work with and a good work environment provides a great care environment for our patients.  I am so motivated by the investment that our patients have in their own care.  This makes our job easy!
What is the main piece of advice you like to share with pregnant Mommas?
Enjoy pregnancy!  Pregnancy can be scary, and exciting all at the same time.  Accept help and find a good support network that can help you not just while you are pregnant but also after pregnancy when your life is filled with the cares of your beautiful newborn.  I am excited that the Minnesota Birth Center hopes to be able to offer more classes and opportunities for our moms to connect.
What are your interests outside of work?

I love to travel!  I was born in Ecuador and have had great interest in other cultures and places ever since! I love to cook and bake.  I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and camping and spending time with family.  I love getting together with friends and planning activities.  I have been on many mission trips and love being a part of and seeing what the Lord is doing around the world.

Do you have a family? Tell us about them.
Family is the most exciting part of my life right now as I am getting married to Stefan on February 1st and getting a ready- made family since he has two little boys age 5 and 8 who will make my life more than busy and lots of fun. I am excited for all the changes this next year will bring me.  I grew up with 5 brothers whom I am very close to, as well, and who have been a part of many of my adventures over the years!
Favorites- place to travel, food, dance move 🙂
I have been so excited to live close to the global market!  I love all the options that that place gives me to try out new food.
What is the CRAZIEST thing you have ever done?
I think going swimming in an amazon river or one of my many winter camping trips have to top the list of what most people consider crazy!  With 5 brothers life is never dull!

10 Reasons Minnesota Birth Center is Thankful

At Minnesota Birth Center we have the great fortune of sharing significant moments with families- for example, the first audible thump-thump of a baby’s heart beat or that moment an exhausted and overjoyed Momma sees her sweet baby’s face for the first time. This Thanksgiving, we are taking time to reflect on experiences like these and to send thanks and gratitude to the wonderful families that have shared these moments with our team.

Here are 10 reasons Minnesota Birth Center Staff is THANKFUL this Thanksgiving:

1) To be invited to such an important part of a family’s life

2) To be a part of the fantastic Minneapolis birth community

3) I am thankful for MBC’s hot water- it fills our coffee mug when we need a pick-me-up, our tea mugs when we need a moment to relax and our birth tubs when a laboring Momma needs a space to find comfort and birth her baby.

4) After 18 years of assisting women in the hospital labor and delivery unit of a high risk, highly medicalized institution, it is a joy to be a part of this center.

5) To witness women as they are left with the all-powerful voice of their souls; the strength that emerges is incredible.

6) Doulas

7) To be part of such an AMAZING Birth Center

8) To work with such a passionate and committed team.

9) Fresh Baked Bread! It fills the Birth Center with such a comforting aroma and provides tired families with the nourishment they need post-delivery.

10) We thank you all,  pregnant and laboring women, for allowing us to take part in your journey to motherhood.

Wishing all friends and families of Minnesota Birth Center a safe and gracious Thanksgiving.

Q&A With Martha

Martha2It has been an eventful couple years for Martha; moving to Minneapolis to start her career as a Midwife and getting married to Joe. Once you read her interview, you will learn that Martha doesn’t shy away from adventure or pursuing her goals- we sure are happy that Minnesota Birth Center was one of them!

What professional experience did you have prior to working at the Minnesota Birth Center?
My nursing career began as a labor and delivery nurse at a women’s hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Then I had the opportunity to work with a doctor in northern Morocco providing care to women through rural health clinics.  When I returned to America, I worked in a women’s health/family planning clinic at a health department in Denver, Colorado.  While I was doing graduate work in nurse-midwifery, I worked in a family practice clinic to learn more about health care for the whole family.

What brought you to the Minnesota Birth Center?
My connection with the birth center started when I met Steve, our medical director, when I was doing my midwifery clinicals while living in Arkansas.  We discovered our shared philosophy of midwife-led birth center care, empowering women and their families to share responsibility for their health care choices, supporting natural labor and childbirth and providing greater access to out of hospital birth for healthy pregnant women.  I moved to Minneapolis from Fayetteville, Arkansas to work as one of the CNMs at Minneapolis’ first free-standing birth center!

What inspires you professionally?
At every step of the journey to parenthood, I’m inspired by women and their families.  The emotional and spiritual aspects of pregnancy, labor and birth, and the postpartum period are as equally important as to what is going on physically.  As a midwife, I’m continually amazed at the strength women have, the support their husbands/partners/families give, and the beauty that comes from welcoming a new little human into the world in a peaceful, supportive, and positive environment.

What is the main piece of advice you like to share with pregnant Mommas?
Rest A LOT and accept as much help as you can in the first few weeks after giving birth.  It really is amazing what a nap, a warm bath, and a cup of tea while nuzzling with your newborn can do for your spirit and body!

What are your interests outside of work?
I love reading (currently From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman), eating good food at ethnically diverse restaurants in the Twin Cities, being outdoors doing anything active with my husband Joe, traveling to new places/cities/countries, and spending as much time as I can with my family.

Do you have a family? Tell us about them.
This past summer, I got married to the kindest, funniest, most wonderful and supportive man, Joe!

What is your favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities?
Gandhi Mahal has the BEST Indian food in town.  I could eat their food every day.

What is the CRAZIEST thing you have ever done?
Scuba diving in the Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan!