Roxann Mitchell (Roxie), CNM has practiced midwifery for the past 21 years. Her choice to become a Midwife was born of a need to support women in the beautiful, powerful work of childbirth. She worked as a Registered Nurse in the maternity unit at Hackettstown Medical Center for fifteen years providing postpartum, nursery and labor and delivery services. As time went on, she desired a greater role and relationship with the women and families in the life giving and life changing experience of childbirth. Women’s bodies hold the wisdom and natural ability to give birth. She knew she needed to teach and empower women to listen to their bodies, respect their instincts, and trust that they were capable of bringing their miraculous children into the world with their own strength.
In 1994, she became a midwife after studying at the New Jersey School of Medicine in Newark, NJ. More than twenty years later, Roxie believes that leaving nursing and entering midwifery has enhanced the gift of her intuition for natural methods of childbirth. Midwifery care incorporates education and sharing of information with women and their families in a meaningful open environment. No question is foolish or disregarded. It means an investment of time, trust, relationship building, listening. Her role is to help women and their husbands, partners and families make the best choices about their conception, pregnancy, birth and parenting. Women are encouraged, enlightened and empowered through the process.
Her career has included full-scope midwifery in a physician owned practice and delivering in a community hospital followed by working for a midwife-owned private practice delivering in a tertiary center and providing home birth as an option. She also spent fourteen months in a private midwife-owned birth center in Pennsylvania.
In the final phase of her career, her goal is to focus more and more on supporting families who chose home birth. As a credentialed provider on staff at Morristown Medical Center, she cares for women regularly as part of her on-call rotation. There will always be women who need or want the additional services of a hospital setting like women desiring a VBAC or delivering preterm or have medical complications in their pregnancy. She is also able to provide these women the quality care of a midwife in a medical setting.
Roxie has assisted women in waterbirth at home and in the hospital since the year 2000 and believe it a safe and comforting option for mom and baby.
With her husband of 34 years she lives in quiet Hackettstown, NJ. She has one extraordinary daughter who is also a midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner; she literally grew up at Hackettstown Hospital maternity unit folding blankets and holding babies! For pleasure, Roxie enjoys cooking and baking for family and friends. She knits and crochets, honing her skills during the hours spent laboring with women as they rhythmically move through the birth experience.
Roxie is present during labor and supports her patients, staying focused and present as well. She takes great joy in continuing to learn from her patients and enjoys on-going education opportunities so as to provide quality, evidence-based care for them. Their incredible birth experiences never fail to lift her up and sustain her.