Stevie graduate with her Bachelor’s in Psychology, followed by a Bachelor’s in Nursing and a Master’s in Nurse Midwifery. She has been a Registered Nurse since 2013. Originally from Colorado, Stevie moved to Utah with her new husband to join the Valley Women’s Health team. She enjoys playing soccer, backpacking and her fur babes! Getting to know more about Stevie was so much fun and we know you’ll love hearing more about her too!
Why did you choose to become a Certified Nurse Midwife?
It was a long process, but I loved babies growing up. Then during my undergraduate degree, I took a class that was focused on women’s studies. We watched a water birth during class and I started crying. It was beautiful! That’s where I first learned about nurse midwives and what they do. It was intriguing and that’s where the seed was planted. I finished my undergraduate degree in Psychology and knew that I wanted to be a midwife. After that I went back to get my nursing license and in the meantime worked as a doula to make sure that I actually enjoyed seeing birth. I loved it! Once I got my nursing license I went to school for nurse midwifery.
Do you remember your first experience delivering a baby?
As a doula I had a family that I met through a friend. I delivered three of her pregnancies. I really solidified that I wanted to be a CNM because I was loving my job as a doula, but really wanted to do more to help women during their births. That friendship I developed with her was long-lasting and solidified my decision.
What do you love about Valley Women’s Health?
It’s been a great experience working at Valley Women’s Health, but the American Fork Midwifery Group is amazing! We work as a team of midwives and practice very similarly, we have each other’s back and we really love supporting our women. We love doing labor support, unmedicated and epidurals, and letting our women feel empowered with any birth they choose to have.
The other thing is that our doctor’s are awesome. They really support midwifery care and it’s awesome to have that. We know that they are there to back us up and that we can consult them at any time. They are awesome! The docs are ready to help us, otherwise they just let us do our thing as midwives.
What do you wish all women could know?
They should be the expert in their care and health. It’s important that they know their bodies, to know when things are going wrong and when to seek help and assistance. Remember that you know yourself, you know your body, trust your instincts on your health. Women should be the expert in their own care and they should seek the education, information and resources they need to make appropriate decisions.
Tell us about your family.
I’m originally from Denver, Colorado and so is my husband. We just got married in July 2018. We met in Denver. He is younger than me and actually played hockey with my younger brother growing up. We’ve known each other most of our lives and reconnected about 5 years ago and hit it off. It’s me and him and our fur babes—a cat named Sullivan and a dog named Pipin. Our families are surrounding us right now because we have family in Reno, Nevada and Denver, Colorado. I moved to Utah for this job with Valley Women’s Health.
What is your favorite treat?
It’s very specific and most people probably don’t know it here in Utah. It’s called Michael’s Frozen Custard in Wisconsin. I went to high school in Wisconsin, and they have turtle sundae’s that are the best thing on the planet. Culver’s has turtle sundae’s and even though they aren’t as good as the one’s in Wisconsin, they definitely satisfy the craving.
Is there something your patients don’t know about you?
I play soccer, no one knows that. I went to high school in Wisconsin. I started school in vocal music and then quickly left that, it was not for me. I was a classically trained singer. I grew up singing and taking music lesson and thought I would do that in college.
What are your hobbies or favorite things to do?
Soccer. My husband and I are really big outdoor people. We just went snowboarding. We love backpacking. My husband likes to fish. I don’t fish very much, but he does. Anything outdoors basically. We’ve done backpacking around here and in Colorado. We’ve spent some time in El Paso, Texas and we would do that in the Gila National Forest. That’s one of my favorite backpacking trips ever. It goes to a hot springs and you cross the river like 11 times. We went around Labor Day.
I also like to walk my dog, she’s cute! She’s a mutt, a border collie and lab mix. She’s black and white. Right now my husband and I are re-watching “How I Met Your Mother”. I’m still in school for my Doctorate.
What puts you in a good mood?
Soccer always puts me in a good mood. I play on a co-ed team at Timp Indoor Soccer.
What is your favorite restaurant?
It’s called Root Down in Colorado. They serve farm to table kind of food. It’s kind of like Communal in Provo. Other than that I love sushi. I eat sushi all the time. We like Itto at the University Mall in Orem.