Marianne Pelletier, CNM
My choice to delve into the world of midwifery arose from having my own children. My first pregnancy was with twin girls, Carlye and Alissa, who were born vaginally in a hospital. My son James was born 6.5 years later in a free standing birth center. My experience left me totally in awe of the process of pregnancy and birth, and I went back to school for nursing while my twin girls were toddlers. I was a labor and delivery nurse for 12 years, and had the privilege to work with a group of midwives at the hospital as well as the same birth center where I brought my son into the world. They were kind, gentle, and respectful, and their philosophy of care placed their patients as experts of their own pregnancies. I connected immediately with their model of care and knew midwifery was for me. I completed my education as a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, receiving my national certification from the American College of Nurse-Midwives in 1998. Since then I have worked in a variety of settings, including a free standing birth center, a small community hospital, and large teaching hospitals, providing midwifery care for women and their families. After nearly 20 years of practice, I felt a calling to return to a more personalized, intimate form of midwifery and care for women in their homes.