Jacqueline Candido, CNM, WHNP (Jackie), joined the Midwives of New Jersey in November 2020. A native of Essex County NJ, Jackie is thrilled to be back home after spending the past decade moving between New York, Seattle, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, worked as a hospital labor & delivery RN, then returned to UPenn to earn her Master’s degrees in Midwifery and Women’s Health in 2014.
Jackie is the third of four sisters and grew up surrounded by strong-willed Italian women. She chose nursing as a career in order to combine her love of science and humanities, deciding that devoting her life to helping others would give it the most meaning (basically, a good reason to get out of bed in the morning instead of hitting snooze all day long. Jackie is not a morning person, though she does well with all nighters). Her first month in nursing school, she was given the opportunity to shadow a labor and delivery nurse and witness a woman give birth. This was a transformative moment for Jackie, seeing the power and beauty of the female body bringing life into the world. She started reading everything she could about pregnancy, birth, motherhood, and the sorry state of women’s healthcare in America. She decided to become a Midwife to bring loving, knowledgeable, and empowering care to women and their families. Jackie thinks of her grandmother, mother and sisters constantly while doing her work- remembering that every person she encounters has people who love them and who would want them treated with kindness and respect. Her favorite part of being a Midwife is sharing knowledge with her clients- empowering them to learn about their amazing bodies and how to feel well and thrive.
Jackie lives with her husband and 2 beautiful children. Her daughter’s birth was a peaceful, natural hospital birth in San Francisco. Her son is a waterbaby born at home in early 2022 under the loving care of Lisa and Christina. Outside of midwifery and motherhood, Jackie loves practicing yoga, being near the ocean, and watching standup comedy specials.