Kaitlyn’s midwifery journey started when being taught her first obstetrics course at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH from a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). This course work was followed in the next few years by practical experience as a labor and delivery nurse at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, NJ and a home health nurse for high risk pregnant women. 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.
Since joining the Midwives of New Jersey in May of 2013, Kaitlyn has been attending births at Morristown Medical Center, Our Birthing Center, and in client’s homes. Supporting a women’s choice about her place of birth not only allows that women to feel empowered about her abilities to delivery her own child but allows the labor itself to progress spontaneously and without interventions.
Building a Family
Ever since joining the practice, Kaitlyn has been busy not only growing in her strengths as a midwife but also growing in her abilities as a mother. Kaitlyn and her husband of 10 years Steven welcomed their first home born water baby, Owen, in early 2014. He was quickly followed by the couples’ second home born water baby, Kara, in late 2015. Kaitlyn and Steve’s birthing experiences up until this point had only just begun! After finding out that they were expecting again in early 2017, the couple was shocked to learn that this next pregnancy would be much different then before and cause their kid count to double! Kaitlyn was blessed to experience a low risk twin pregnancy and delivered Ally and Ella vaginally at Morristown Medical Center in late 2017. 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 have their hands full with four young children!
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 to not only to provide safe, effective care to each client, but care that involves her whole heart which effectively builds lasting trust and respect between herself and her clients.
Balancing midwifery and motherhood fills most of Kaitlyn’s life, so in 2019 she started a blog series entitled “Mama Midwife”. Here she gets to share more of herself, and her story, with others while providing helpful in site into the challenging worlds of both mothering and midwifery.