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Meet Anjali Madeira

Nicole Dummann Clinic RN

Name:  

Anjali Madeira

Hometown:

Parkersburg, WV

Family:

One husband, one daughter, one dog. 

Member of Health Foundations Team since:  

June 2015

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.  

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!

Anjali Madeira canoeing
Anjali Madeira

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 superpower, 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!

Meet Katrina Wu ~ Certified Nurse-Midwife

Katrina Wu - Health Foundations Nurse-Midwife

Name:

Katrina Wu

Hometown:

The Pacific Northwest! If I had to narrow it down to one city, I'd say Portland, Oregon.

Family:

I live in Saint Paul with my husband Andrew and our two cats, Sydney and Kali.

Member of Health Foundations Team since:

July, 2014

Please explain your role at Health Foundations:

I work at Health Foundations as a certified nurse-midwife. In addition to attending births, I see women at the clinic for prenatal visits, postpartum visits, and well-woman visits. Well-woman visits can range from annual exams to birth control visits like having an IUD inserted. I really enjoy being able to see women for preconception counseling before they ever become pregnant and then being able to continue seeing our moms for their health care needs long after their babies are born. I love being a resource for women in understanding their bodies and partnering with women to take ownership of their health throughout their lives.

What is your educational background and training?

I graduated summa cum laude with my bachelor of science degree in nursing from Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. After serving families through the transition of their loved ones passing away naturally at home as a hospice nurse, I decided to continue on to graduate school. I studied nurse-midwifery at Vanderbilt University, where I received the faculty choice award for most outstanding student. I was able to focus on the birth center model of care for my final clinical experience, which gave me a real love for promoting pregnancy and birth as natural processes. Following graduation I attended home and birth center births in Seattle, Washington, and then I moved back to Minnesota to help launch Bethel University's nurse-midwifery program. I am currently full-time nurse-midwifery faculty at Bethel University and practice midwifery part-time as part of the Health Foundations team.

Tell us a little about your own birth:

My favorite details are that my mom cried and that I knew my dad's voice instantly. :)

What is one of your favorite things to do when you are not at Health Foundations?

It's hard to pick just one! I most love hiking with my husband, gardening, and cooking. I'm constantly picking up new hobbies (currently thinking spinning is next!). Knitting and crocheting have been staples all my life, and I also enjoy upcycling, furniture, and painting.

If you could get on a plane tomorrow and travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Oh my list is so long! I recently checked New Zealand off my list, and it did not disappoint! I'd love to backpack Italy - perhaps that's next.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation. It would fuel my love for travel while ensuring I never miss a birth!

What inspired you to get into your field?

In nursing school, I remember most loving to work with moms and empowering them to care for their families though at the time I wasn't sure how this would unfold in my career. Then one summer I had the opportunity to work in a rural hospital in Indonesia and again found myself drawn to mothers. Working alongside a midwife, I had my first real exposure to natural birth - witnessing newborns crossing the threshold and mothers feeling empowered was so moving! I was drawn to midwifery by the amount of time available to build relationships throughout their pregnancies and by the incredible experience that is birth.

What do you love about Health Foundations and what is your favorite part of your job?

I love that Health Foundations has such a holistic view of health. As a clinician, I feel the freedom and support to explore and recommend healing modalities across the spectrum - from acupuncture to herbs to antibiotics. :) As for my favorite part of my job, it's basically impossible to top birth! Being present and welcomed into such sacred space is continually an honor.

What is your philosophy on birth?

I have the deepest respect for birth as a sacred and empowering event. It's a normal, natural process that brings forth not only babies but families. As the gateway for this transition affecting so many lives, I believe giving presence, compassion, and support with reassurance are what families most need. 

What advice or wisdom can you share with pregnancy or new mama readers? Pregnancy, birth, and parenting come with so much advice! It really can be overwhelming. My advice is to listen to everyone's advice, and let whatever doesn't naturally resonate with you and your family simply roll off your shoulders. Trust yourself. :)

I'd love love love to work with you too, so please set up a free consultation and learn more! 

Meet Liz Smith ~ Receptionist

Meet the Health Foundations Family

Name:

Liz (Elizabeth) Smith

Liz Smith and kids

Hometown:

Chetek, WI

Family:

I am a proud mother of two. I have a son, Devin, 12, and a daughter, Courtney, 10. Both have recently become quite independent, have very different personalities and I am amazed by their resiliency everyday.  I also have 6 sisters and 3 brothers and 26 nieces and nephews. Family first!

Member of Health Foundations Team since:

I joined the team July 21, 2015

Role at Health Foundations:

I am the first face you see when you walk in the door! I schedule appointments for the many roles held here, transfer calls, answer questions, and try to keep everything running smoothly for the midwives' schedules. 

What is your educational background?

I have an Applied Associate's in Science in Business Administration and am currently enrolled in a few classes in the medical field.  Previous to getting my degree, I was in management in the retail/grocery business for 15 years.

Tell us a little about your own birth: 

When my mom went into labor with me, my family happened to be vacationing in Canada. They had to drive across the border to Bemidji, MN, in order for me to be born in the United States. My mom usually delivered pretty quickly (seven previous births) so they didn't waste any time after her water broke. My mother made it into the hospital and they put her on a gurney to bring her to a room. Almost as soon as she laid down, she informed the nurse that I was coming. The nurse told my mom to just relax, patted her on the arm, and as she was walking away, I was born! In the hallway, on a gurney was when I made my entrance into the world.

What is one of your favorite things to do when you are not at Health Foundations?

Liz's kids

One of my absolute favorite things in this world is to spend one on one time with my children, with no electronics or phones to be found! Just recently we visited my sister in WI and found snail shells. Simply making up stories about how they got there and letting their creative minds flow is something I really cherish and fills my heart with immense joy. Being in nature with my kiddos is a favorite past time of mine. 

If you could get on a plane tomorrow and travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would love to travel to Ireland. I am mostly Irish and would love to visit places I've been told stories about. I also love the greenery in Ireland and nature is something that gives me peace of mind.  

If you could have one super power, what would it be?

If I had one super power, it would be time manipulation. It seems that there is hardly enough time to accomplish and experience all that I set out to. I often find myself losing sleep in order to keep up with life. I want to see and do so many things, where does the time go? 

What inspired you to get into your field?  

I enjoy working with people as well as having my hands in the business side. I have great organizational skills that I wanted to put into action as well. Finding a place like Health Foundations was a true blessing for me as I have a really big family and enjoy all stages of life, from pregnancy on.. 

What do you love about Health Foundations and what is your favorite part of your job?

I love that all the ladies here support each other and work so well together. I was welcomed with open arms and treated respectfully right from the start. I have a great amount of admiration for the midwives and nurses- they work tirelessly, while still maintaining their sense of humor and love for their jobs. My favorite part of my job is getting to know the families that come in, hearing their struggles and triumphs throughout their pregnancy, then share the experience of them coming back after the baby has arrived. Since I can't pick just one, my other favorite part of my job is watching the midwives see the new parents and baby at their two-week visit. They are so excited and the smiles on all faces are enormous. The entire experience that Health Foundations provides is really remarkable. I feel part of a supportive, endearing, and incredible family that truly cares about their patients and making sure their experience here is peaceful and memorable. 

What is your philosophy on birth?

My philosophy on birth is similar to Health Foundations. I feel that going through the laboring process naturally and listening to what a woman's body needs is vital for a woman to feel empowered throughout their labor experience and delivery. If there doesn't need to be intervention, a woman should have the right to birth her baby the way she desires. 

Liz Smith of Health Foundations

What advice or wisdom can you share with pregnancy or new mama readers?

I would tell women that are pregnant to listen to their bodies. If something doesn't feel right, look into it. Peace of mind is more important than trying to tough it out. Sleep and rest when you can, you are growing a human! For a new mama-- sleep when you can, it doesn't matter if your schedule is a little mixed up at first, sleep is so important for your mental, emotional, and physical state. Enjoy every moment of each stage your baby goes through, they are only this age once.

Try not to stress about the little stuff, like cleaning and laundry, it will get done eventually. Your baby is all that matters and he/she can sense any stress you are experiencing. If you are comfortable with it, take any help you can get. As new mom's, we learn as we go and don't need to be hard on ourselves for not knowing how to do something. A helpful reminder; there is no manual on having a baby. And that's a great thing! Listen to your intuition, as it is usually right. My mother always told me, "If baby is happy, everyone is happy!"

JOB POSTING - ON CALL NURSE (BIRTH ASSISTANT)

Birth Assistant

Health Foundations Family Health & Birth Center has an opening on our team for an RN to work as an on-call birth assistant. Job duties include providing assistance to the midwife during births in the birth center, providing postpartum care after the birth and discharge teaching.

Qualifications include a current State of Minnesota Nursing License to practice as a Registered Nurse or license eligible. Excellent communication skills, and at least one year experience in an obstetrical setting is required. A warm, professional attitude and high comfort level with birth, postpartum care and breastfeeding are necessary. Current adult CPR and neonatal resuscitation required. Lactation training and certification is a plus. Additional training and certifications are provided as required by the practice.

Shift: .25 (48 hours of call per pay period) or .5 (96 hours of call per pay period)

Please apply by sending a résumé and cover letter to info@health-foundations.com.