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  • SubGenre:Women
  • Language:English
  • Pages:256
  • Duration:5 Hours 32 Minutes
  • Paperback ISBN:9798350924916
  • Audiobook ISBN:9798350940220

Into My Hands

A Midwife's Memoir

by Catherine Rae Shields

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"Into My Hands" is a compelling journey through the life of a dedicated midwife, from her childhood to her path into midwifery. It's a heartfelt account of her mission to eliminate trauma from childbirth, filled with inspiring birth stories and the profound impact of having a midwife's guiding hands.
"Into My Hands" is an intimate and inspiring memoir that delves into the life of a passionate midwife, tracing her path from childhood to her fulfilling career in midwifery. This poignant narrative was born from a transformative moment in the author's early twenties, following a traumatic birth experience with her own daughter. It was then that she resolved to put an end to birth trauma and dedicate her life to supporting women during the sacred journey of childbirth. With a background as a labor and delivery nurse and a nurse-midwife, she embarked on a remarkable journey to achieve her mission. In her role, she went above and beyond to provide comfort, aid, and unwavering reassurance to mothers in their birthing moments. "Into My Hands" is not only a personal account but also a tribute to the countless mothers she had the privilege to work with, as they generously share their own unique birth stories. This memoir beautifully captures the profound impact of having a midwife's skilled and caring hands present during childbirth. It's a testament to the strength, resilience, and the incredible bond that forms between midwives and the women they serve. Through this book, readers will gain a deep appreciation for the transformative power of compassionate care during one of life's most extraordinary experiences.
About the author
Catherine was born in Minot North Dakota, and at age of six her family moved west to Billings, Montana. Here she did her schooling instuction at catholic schools and graduated in 1969, with her twin brother, Chuck from Billings Central Catholic High School. She was blessed to have and raise four beautiful children. Two were born in the hospital and two in the home with midwives. She completed practical nursing training in 1975 from Spokane Community College with her first degree, an AA degree. In 1985 she was awarded her BSN degree in nursing from WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IN PULLMAN WA. and became a Registered Nurse. She worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Wa. where she became an ICEA-certified childbirth educator teaching classes at the hospital. In 1994 she began to pursue her midwifery degree from Frontier Midwifery School and Family Nursing, FSMFN. She obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio. She has practiced her midwifery skills both in the hospital and at home. She became the Lead Midwife and Director of the Deaconess Women's Clinic in 1995 located in the west central community of Spokane Wa. She was appointed to this position by her midwifery colleagues. She had an adamant intention to bring the Midwifery Model to the hospital in her community. Her everyday goal was to stop birth trauma for women, to bring quiet, peace, and respect to the mother and her birthing room. There she made outstanding achievements working the Midwifery Model into the Deaconess system. She also established a teaching/mentoring program for upcoming CNM/ MSN students. Catherine retired from her midwifery practice there in 2010. It wasn't long until she became Faculty at her Alma Mater Frontier Nursing University in Hyden Ky. in 2011. As a clinical regional faculty member, she was responsible for students throughout the country in satellite hands-on training programs. Catherine's many successes practicing the midwifery model changed birth for all of those who were blessed to be with her. She is now retired and lives in the beautiful North Idaho forest, on a creek, with her beloved husband, Edgar, and two dogs. She continues to write, practice yoga, and spend time with her precious family.

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