Kellie’s call into the art of Midwifery began in 1980 during the pregnancy of her first child in the state of Nebraska. Desiring Midwifery care, she found herself struggling with the medical system of birth and its deep hostility towards Midwifery and out-of-hospital birth. Following her initial birth experience in a hospital, she dedicated herself to educating women and families regarding their human rights in childbirth.
Kellie began her journey by becoming a childbirth educator. In 1983, Kellie began her nursing education with a goal of becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife. She became part of a small group of families desiring and advocating for access to home birth. At this time, these families began helping one another have their babies at home. Kellie’s second child was born at home with the help of this group. In 1985, Nebraska became the last state to implement a Nurse Midwifery Practice Act, and it excluded nurse Midwives from attending home births (and still does to this day). Kellie decided to postpone her education until she and her family could relocate to another state. In 1992, she received an Associate of Science in nursing degree and began working as an RN at Saint Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK. Family obligations found her returning to Nebraska where raising three young daughters became her top priority. During that time she worked in hospital labor and delivery areas for seven years. She also has worked in Maternal Child Services with The Visiting Nurses Association, and in Women’s Services at The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Once she had an empty nest, she attended Frontier Nursing University and received her Masters in Nursing and Midwifery in 2012. Following graduation she completed an 8-month fellowship at The Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health in Pittsburgh, PA. Having returned to Nebraska, she began a small home birth practice in Council Bluffs, IA.
Kellie’s passion is advocacy for access to Midwifery care for all women in all settings. She also enjoys helping women through the difficulties of postpartum depression and educating the public and healthcare systems on preventing postpartum depression and birth related post-traumatic stress by promoting respect for a woman’s basic human rights in childbirth.
Throughout her career, Kellie has attended over 300 births as a primary midwife. The majority of her experience has been in the home and birth center settings. While she has enjoyed being able to serve women in the hospital setting, she feels called to be a provider of healthcare for women seeking care in their homes or a birth center.
Kellie is excited to be a part of the team of Midwives at New Beginnings and live her dream of serving women in an exclusively out-of-hospital setting. It is her desire to assist the New Beginnings team of Midwives become active in the local community providing women with education regarding access to The Midwifery Model of Care and evidenced-based health care during the childbearing years and beyond.
In her free time, Kellie enjoys spending time with her husband of 34 years. They enjoy traveling to visit their two grandchildren and participating in out door activities including hiking, camping, and fly-fishing. As advocates of the arts, she and her husband also enjoy attending live theater, the symphony, opera, and concerts.