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Featured Midwives

This section features a Certified Nurse-Midwife member of the Kansas Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Terrah Stroda

Terrah Stroda, CNM, APRN, MS
Flinthills OB/GYN

Other Providers at Flinthills OB/GYN: Dr. Anwar Khoury and Dr. Lynley Holman

1110 St Marys Road, Suite 101

Junction City, KS 66441

Inspiration for pursuing midwifery: My inspiration came from wanting to combine the bedside, holistic approach of nursing with the higher level care of advanced nursing practice within the realm of women’s healthcare. The end goal was to return to my hometown to care for my family, my friends, and my neighbors in a way that would improve care and bring a new dynamic to our hospital. The inspirations evolved through midwifery school, and continue to change as I develop my midwifery portfolio each year of practice. One thing stays the same: improving women’s healthcare.

Education: KUMC '99 BSN; KUMC '03 MS (Nurse Midwifery)

Professional Experience:2003-2005 Flinthills OB/GYN Junction City, KS full scope practice; 2005-2010 Women’s Care Shawnee, KS full scope practice; 2008-present Univ of KS School of Nursing, graduate faculty, Nurse Midwifery Educ Program; 2010-present Flinthills OB/GYN Junction City, KS full scope practice

Professional Organizations/Affiliations: KS Affliate ACNM, current member; KS Board of Nursing, ARNP committee member (CNM liason)

Philosophy:I believe in treating women as individuals, instead of as a group. That means that although someone may present with classic symptoms, it’s important to get to know them in the whole sense so that you can be alert to the chance that she may require something unique. It also means that you provide a safe environment for communication and care, when oftentimes healthcare is for women an uncomfortable topic. I love putting together the puzzle pieces of women’s healthcare, and that there are never two days, or two patients, that are the same.

Bouquets (Thank Yous):Too many! Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PhD; and Judie Wika, CNM, MSN for providing me the education and mentorship that has taken me far professionally. My practice partners through the years, including Cara Busenhart, CNM; Jeane Ward, CNM; and Crystal Murphy, CNM. Those midwives that have made midwifery the standard in Junction City, KS including Kyanna Kuntz, CNM; and Susan Corbett, CNM. Finally, my physician colleagues who continue to support midwifery and believe in providing exceptional women’s healthcare: Dr. Anwar Khoury and Dr. Lynley Holman.


Melissa Conard CNM, APRN

PrairieStar Health Center

Other Midwives at PrairieStar Health Center: Angel Schmutz CNM, ARNP

1600 North Lorraine, Suite #110

Hutchinson, KS 67501

620-663-8484

www.prairiestarhealth.org/

Inspiration for pursuing midwifery: I have always known I wanted to do something with women’s health. After completing nursing school I immediately began working on a labor and delivery unit. Every birth I have attended has been so magical. This is one of the biggest days in a woman’s life and I get to be a part of it! Nothing could be better. I also love educating women on how to become healthier.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology from Southwestern College in 2002; Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Baker University in 2004; Master of Science in Nursing and Certificate in Midwifery from KU School of Nursing in 2010.

Professional Experience: Certified Nurse-Midwife at PrairieStar Health Center in Hutchinson, Kansas for the last year and a half. Currently I provide women’s health services and primary care. This center is a federally qualified health center. We provide care to the uninsured, insured, and Medicaid/Medicare patients. Hopefully, we will be able to add prenatal care to our clinic soon.

Professional Organizations/Affiliations: Secretary of Kansas American College of Nurse-Midwives Affiliate; Member of American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Philosophy: Birth is normal and education is key to helping women understand their health and pregnancy.

Bouquets (Thank Yous): Thanks to my husband and daughter who are my biggest support system. I love when my four year old is playing in her room and says she is a midwife and needs to go deliver a baby!


Leslie Arnold, APRN, CNM

Lincoln Center Obstetrics & Gynecology, PA

Other Midwives at Lincoln Center Obstetrics & Gynecology, PA: Rebecca Otte, ARNP, CNM

800 SW Lincoln Center

Topeka, KS 66606

(785) 233-5101

www.lincolncenterobgyn.com

Inspiration for pursuing midwifery: I was inspired and encouraged by so many different women throughout my career it is hard to put into words or name one thing. I was a L&D nurse for about 10 years when I realized that I wanted to do more then call the doctor for delivery. I wanted to see women throughout their experiences, both good and bad, providing teaching, support, compassion, and catching their babies.

Education: I went to Washburn University for my BSN and my masters from the KU School of Nursing in 2009.

Professional Experience: Since August 2009 I have been with Lincoln Center providing full scope women’s care to a variety of women. I attend about 10-16 births per month. Prior to becoming a CNM, I was a Charge Nurse at Stormont-Vail Birthplace for 7 years, and a staff nurse 8 years before that. I also taught clinical for Neosho County Community College and KAW Technical School. Professional Organizations/Affiliations: I am Vice President of American College of Nurse-Midwives Kansas Affiliate Organization and I serve on the PAK Board of Directors.

Philosophy: I believe the key to better pregnancy outcomes is preconception care. Pregnancy is not an illness and shouldn’t be treated as one. I try to offer as much education and information to my families as I can so they can make informed decisions about their health care.

Bouquets (Thank Yous): I want to thank Rebecca for ALWAYS believing in me, from way before midwifery school; Ginger Breedlove for asking me what I thought about a labor patient at the birth center 17 yrs ago (I thought “Wow, these midwives are a different breed”) and for giving me a chance; Kyanna Kuntz for having faith in me throughout integration & beyond, you are simply the BEST!


Sharon Foster, APRN, CNM

Associates in Women’s Health, P.A.

3232 East Murdock, Wichita, KS 67208

316-685-7234

www.awhobgyn.com

Inspiration for Pursuing Midwifery: I have always enjoyed providing care to women in labor and being present at this special time. After 20 years of several roles in maternal child nursing, i.e. education and management , I wanted to provide direct care to women and felt that becoming a certified nurse-midwife would be my best option.

Education: Certification in Nurse-Midwifery , The Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, 1999 Masters in Nursing, University of Kansas, 1984 Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, Wichita State University, 1979

Professional Experience: Certified Nurse-Midwife for 15 years. Attended over 1.000 births. Current President of the Kansas Affiliate ACNM.

Philosophy: Women should have choices in their healthcare and Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) are an important part of providing effective care.

Bouquets (Thank Yous): My husband who has always supported me in my professional endeavors.


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