“I was a labor & delivery nurse for 14 years prior to becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife. I took part in a delivery where the patient wanted to go without an epidural, without induction of labor and to have skin to skin contact with her baby immediately after birth. This was my first experience with this type of management of labor, and after being part of it I knew then I wanted to make a difference in women’s experience by helping them to have the delivery they desired.”
Two years in as a Certified Nurse Midwife at Regional One Health, Renee Hallford, CNM, MSN feels grateful to continue to have opportunities to help women write their birth story.
“I had a patient who delivered two years prior and wanted an un-medicated birth. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to accomplish this wish. She came back to us two years later with a new pregnancy and this time she was successful! To see her body do what it is made for, seeing her crying because she was so happy that she had accomplished this, and seeing the look on her face when she was holding her baby in her arms reiterated why I became a certified nurse midwife.”
Empowering patients in that manner is what keeps Renee motivated. Her patients make her feel appreciated, and she loves involving them in their plan of care and teaching them how to advocate for their birth plan.
Outside of work, her passions include spending time with family and being in the great outdoors – she loves camping, gardening and canning, and is currently raising about 30 chickens!