Liz smith, Receptionist
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?
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.
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 moms, 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!"