Birth centers are the heart of midwifery and protecting, and honoring and nurturing birth centers is key for advancing midwifery care. Hear the inspiring story of FNU graduate Tracy Ryan as she shares the challenges and triumphs encountered throughout her journey as a certified nurse-midwife supporting the birth center model of care. All midwives can unite and find their place in supporting birth centers whether it be through advocating for birth centers, working in a birth center, advancing research and clinical practice for this model of care or actually playing a role in opening a birth center in your community. We hope Tracy’s story will help you grow closer to finding your place in moving the heart of midwifery forward.
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Tracy joined Baby+Company in April 2014 as Director of Midwifery after founding a successful Birth Center in Colorado. She holds a Certificate in Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012 from FNU. Tracy also has an MS in Midwifery from Philadelphia University. Her midwifery experience includes attending over 500 births in out-of-hospital settings and over 200 births attended in hospital-based practice. Tracy believes in teaching the Midwifery Model of Care and has precepted dozens of midwifery students and residents. Her areas of expertise include low-intervention and physiologic birth, waterbirth and the newborn effects of early skin-to-skin contact. Tracy comes to Baby+Company with a strong background in obstetric evidence-based care and knowledge that the MidwiferyModel of Care and Birth Centers have the ability to optimize the health of mothers and babies.