“Caring for women during pregnancy and childbirth has always felt like a calling, never a job. Since the fourth grade I have wanted to deliver babies. I use to flip though my uncle’s medical books looking at pictures and reading all I could about birth. I originally entered college with the intention of going to medical school to become an OB/GYN. But when I became pregnant with my first child, all first visits were done by the midwives in the practice. I learned about what midwifery involved and decided to stay with them for my pregnancy and birth. I then changed my major to nursing and eventually got my master’s degree in nursing specializing in midwifery. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
Yvette considers it an honor to care for women and families, finding great fulfillment in empowering and supporting them through key moments of transition in their lives. She has particular interest in adolescent health and education, physiologic birth and out-of-hospital birth.
Yvette’s volunteer experience includes Project Heal, a monthly free clinic in Minnesota where she worked in Amish, immigrant and migrant communities. When she is not working she enjoys gardening, canning, cooking, reading, traveling and spending time with family. She is married to her high school sweetheart. They have three children and three cats.
Master of Science in Nursing, University of Florida, 1969
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Florida, 1969