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Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) are registered nurses with advanced education, training, and national certification in maternity and women's health care. CNMs care independently for healthy women and consult with physicians if there is a problem that puts them at risk. In addition, they work with other nurses, pediatricians, and physician specialists when needed, and can make referrals to social workers and other professionals.
Judy has attended over 1000
births in her 11 years as a CNM and has been in
maternal/child health for 20 years.
She has taught OB/GYN to RNs,
Midwives, Nurse Practitioners and Medical Students.
She has been a neo-natal
resuscitation instructor for 16 years.
“I came to Tucson to be a part of an amazing birth center
and to provide an opportunity for women and their families
to reclaim birth as a family and wellness centered event.”
||Fran Wertman, CNM, MN, IBCLC, Memorial University, 1986; Stonybrook University, 2003. Fran has been working with new and changing families for 24 years, the last 9 as a perinatal clinical nurse specialist. She is a certified lactation consultant. Fran has taught diploma and baccalaureate level nursing students and has also taught emergency birth to EMTs. She joined the Birth Center as a CNM in 2004.
Cece has spent her adult
career caring for women and their infants. She attended U of
A and worked as a labor and delivery nurse at TMC for 5
years. Prior to joining the El Rio she had been running her own
state caring for woman.
She chose to leave her very
busy practice and demanding schedule to have more time to
raise her children.
"Sam" Cook, CNM, MSN, Case Western Reserve University, 1996. Sam has been a practicing CNM for
13 years. Here at the Birth Center, she heads up our GYN program, providing annual exams, cancer screening and other important women's health services. "At each visit, I endeavor to listen carefully with all of my heart to what each woman is saying, literally and figuratively, as I try to figure out what she needs physically and emotionally."
Virginia Commonwealth University, 1998; Frontier School of
Sandy recently moved her family to Tucson from
She has been working with
expecting families for 12 years in all capacities from a
home birth practice to a tertiary care high-risk hospital.
She says, “ I have learned that no matter the birth site or
outcome its all about the relationships along the way”.
She is looking forward to being
a part of the Birth Center and working with all of our
CNM, MSN: University of Arizona, 1999; Frontier School of Midwifery,
began attending births after a wonderful experience giving
birth to her own son more than 16 years ago at the Birth
started as an assistant midwife, attending primarily
homebirths until 2000.
She was an RN at TMC’s Labor and Delivery Unit until
she came to the Birth Center as a CNM. Before Kerry became
involved with birth, she spent lots of time in another sort
of nursery; she started a wholesale plant business and spent
10 years growing flowers.
PhD, CNM, MSN: University of Texas, 1999; University
of Arizona, 2006.
Susan currently resides in Phoenix but works at the
Birth Center several times a month because she enjoys the
chance to practice midwifery in the birthing center
the field of women’s health
for over 10 years, she has worked both in clinical
settings and in research/education.
Susan completed her PhD in Nursing Research, Focus on
Vulnerable Populations, at the University of Arizona. The
Birth Center is privileged to have such a wealth of knowledge
and experience available to us.
Maya Z. Adams
CNM, MSN: University of Arizona, 2002; University of
Colorado, 2010; . Maya has recently been drawn back to
Tucson, and the Birth Center, where she gave birth to her
Prior to achieving her Masters in Nurse-Midwifery, she
worked for eight years as both a Labor & Delivery and
Postpartum Nurse in the hospital setting.
Her passions are her family and her work with women.
She is thrilled to be part of the Birth Center keeping with
her philosophy of the midwifery model, providing choices for
women in their care.
When not working she enjoys her time with her husband
and two young children and spending as much time in the
outdoors as possible.