In honour of International Day of the Midwife on May 5th, Lotus and its team members would like to call attention to Colleen Donovan-Batson, MS, CNM, ARNP and present board member of the Midwives Alliance of North America. Although Colleen is based in the United States, she is a registered midwife in Bermuda, which means she can attend home births here in our beautiful country. The first home birth she attended in Bermuda was in 2014.
“I got my calling to midwifery in 1982. I started working with a lay midwife. I intended to take that path, but the only way to legally attend births in California was as a nurse-midwife, so instead I went that route. I’ve now been a nurse for thirty-one years and a midwife since 1993. I’ve practiced in all types of settings, from clinics, to county hospitals to home births. And because pregnancy and birth is so normal, the benefit of working in different settings gave me experience in complications,” said Colleen recently, reflecting on her experiences.
Before taking up midwifery, Colleen spent time in the U.S. Army as a helicopter mechanic. She’s now an advocate for women veterans in terms of health care options. “The VA (Veterans Administration) doesn’t necessarily provide access to top maternity care. It’s completely hit or miss, depending on where you’re sent. Now, I’m working to develop a way for veterans to access midwifery care.”
Beyond Colleen’s professional, board and teaching experiences as a midwife, she is a mother of three and grandmother of three. She was able to attend all three births of her grandchildren, which she called the ‘ultimate midwife’s experience.’
We’re so proud to have Colleen Donovan-Batson as a registered midwife here in Bermuda. Thank you so much, Colleen, and we look forward to seeing you the next time you are on the island.
If you are interested in Colleen’s midwifery services, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.