Anjali Madeira, RN Nurse, Birth Assistant
Hometown: Parkersburg, WV
Family: One husband, one daughter, one dog.
Member of Health Foundations Team since: June 2015
Please explain your role at Health Foundations: I have the privilege of seeing mamas at every stage of motherhood. I do intakes for newly pregnant mamas, assist with births, and visit mamas at home a few days after baby is born.
What is your educational background and training? I have degrees in Public Health and Nursing. I'm currently in the Nurse-Midwifery program at the University of MN. I've also been a doula since 2013.
Tell us a little about your own birth: Let's just say my birth plan was labor at home and give birth at a birth center. My reality was induction at the hospital with IVs and an epidural. And I love my birth story. It's what you make it, interventions and curve balls aside.
What is one of your favorite things to do when you are not at Health Foundations? Ultimate Frisbee
If you could get on a plane tomorrow and travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? The Travers-Sabine track in Nelson Lakes National Park on the South Island of New Zealand.
If you could have one super power, what would it be? I would be Toasty Digits Girl, with the power to heat my fingers and toes in a MN winter
What inspired you to get into your field? Working with lay midwives in rural India
What do you love about Health Foundations and what is your favorite part of your job? The people! What a dedicated, smart and loving team, I'm lucky to be a part of it.
What is your philosophy on birth? Work hard, be flexible and choose your path
What advice or wisdom can you share with pregnancy or new mama readers? Write a letter to your little one as your pregnancy progresses, adding a paragraph every week or two. it'll help you remember this unique experience and your kids will love reading it when they get bigger!