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Hello

I'm Ronica. I'm a Registered Nurse working in labor and delivery, recovery, and post-partum, and a midwifery student on the PEP pathway to becoming a CPM.

My decade-long background in early childhood education combined with my nursing experience gives me unique qualifications to support you and your family through your birth as well as your transition home. 

My Story

My introduction to pregnancy and birth began when I found out my sister was pregnant my senior year of high school. I was so excited and immediately began researching everything I could get my hands on to learn more. We read books, attended classes, touched her belly to feel where the baby was and how he was positioned. I was with her when her water broke and through the night until my nephew made his entrance early the next morning. I stayed at the hospital with her and helped her with her personal care and breastfeeding. I found every aspect amazing. Funny enough though, I didn't feel birth work calling my name back then. 


After high school I fairly quickly began working in the world of early childhood education. I had enjoyed babysitting in the past, and spent summers working with my aunt at her daycare, so it felt like a very logical next step for me. I spent five years working in classrooms with infants and toddlers, and then moved to a home-based program for the next six years. In the home-based program I visited families with 0-3 year olds and expecting parents to provide education on prenatal and child development, health, nutrition, and safety. The more I worked with expecting families the more I realized it was my passion. I loved providing support and education to pregnant families in their homes, and helping them welcome their new babies. Throughout this time I had two babies of my own, and supported friends through three more births.

 

I thought maybe I would like to be a doula at that time, but my children were quite young and it was not feasible for me to have to leave to support a birth at a moment's notice. I decided to take two years off from working out of the home. I opened a small in-home daycare while homeschooling my oldest daughter. During this time I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in nursing and work with expectant and new families. 

In 2014 I began taking part time classes toward a degree in nursing. In 2015 my children transitioned to public school and I transitioned into the nursing program full-time. I graduated with my associates degree in nursing in 2017 and began working at the local hospital. I continued to read and learn anything I could about labor and delivery. It took three years for me to move into the maternity unit and I gained valuable experience working in the medical-surgical unit and the emergency room in the meantime. Working in maternity was a dream come true... sort of.

 

I love my job, truly, but what I am really passionate about is the prenatal education. I love getting to know families, providing information and education, helping create birth plans, and helping to support women and their partners through labor, birth, and postpartum. We do all those things in the hospital, for sure. But it's often the first time we're meeting you and it takes time for everyone to settle in for the day. Usually by that point we're a little too far into the event to sit and talk in depth about the process and the birth plan. We make sure to cover all the basics, we really do want to make your experience the best it can be for you. And we do a good job, if I may say so.

 

But I want more. I want to provide more than I can squeeze into one 12 hour shift. And that is why I want to work directly with you. Please reach out and let me know how I can help support you through your transition into parenthood. 

"Women tell their birth stories for the rest of their lives. I want to help them create the best story possible."

Ronica, ADN, RN, CPM Student

Contact

I'd love to connect with you and see if I'm a good fit for you and your family. 

Consultations are always free. 

207-491-5551

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