Kaitlyn’s midwifery journey started when first learning about obstetrics from a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) during her undergraduate nursing coursework at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. It continued with her varied experiences over a three year period as a labor and delivery nurse on the night shift at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, NJ. Finally, her journey culminated with the discovery of what beautiful care and births she could help provide as a student midwife with the Midwives of New Jersey. She fell in love with the midwives’ practice mentality and their philosophies on the treatment of women and their families and hoped to be offered a position after graduation.
Building a Family
Kaitlyn has been married to Steven since August of 2008. The couple had always wanted to have a family together but decided to wait until Kaitlyn was done with her schooling. In May of 2013, Kaitlyn graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and was offered a position with the Midwives of New Jersey. Little did she know that one month later, in June of 2013, she would discover that she was expecting her first child. This event would lead to the growth of her family with her husband and her family with the midwives who provided the care throughout her pregnancy and birth.
Since joining the Midwives of New Jersey, Kaitlyn has had a different start to her midwifery practice as compared to some. Since being hired, Kaitlyn had been focusing on getting to know clients during office visits and home birth deliveries while her hospital privileges were being processed. She has been to almost every home birth for the practice in the past year, including her own! She now has started to attend both home and hospital births after a long 6 month wait for hospital privileges.
Steven and Kaitlyn welcomed their first child, Owen Steven Schoenfelder, at 12:52 am on February 28th, 2014. He was born in the water at their home in Bloomfield, NJ. Lisa, Cindy and Christina were all in attendance but the delivering midwife was Kaitlyn herself who pulled Owen out of the water after he emerged. At birth, Owen weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces and was 21 inches in length. Having an unmedicated, natural, home water birth, Kaitlyn is now more confident then ever about the amazing power of women. “I learned a lot in school about labor and birth, but doing it myself has exponentially expanded my knowledge and I can now speak first hand about pregnancy, labor, contractions,pushing, birth, and breastfeeding.” One of the best teaching experiences that Kaitlyn has ever had as a midwife has been her own journey with pregnancy and birth. “God allowed me to conceive when I did not only because it was right for my family but it was right for my growth as a midwife.” Steven and Kaitlyn love every moment of being parents and plan to grow their family in the future.
Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face,in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of our greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well. -Mother Teresa
Kaitlyn’s goal is not only to provide safe, effective care, but care that involves her whole heart and builds lasting trust and respect between herself and her clients.