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Nurse midwife adds to women’s clinic

Posted: Friday, Apr 26th, 2013

Shannon Gonzales, CNM, joins Jayne Schiffer, CNM, who inspired her career choice, as the second nurse midwife in the Women’s Health Clinic at SLV Regional Medical Center.

ALAMOSA – Moving here with her family at the age of 12, Shannon Gonzales quickly developed her own sense of commitment to the Valley.

“This is home to me,” she said. “Most of mine and my husband’s family are here. I went to school here and would like to see my children grow up and attend school here.”

As the new nurse midwife for the Women’s Health Clinic at SLV Regional Medical Center, Shannon looks forward to helping other women begin or grow their families here too.

She explained, “I will provide women’s health, such as annual exams or contraceptive management, and when they do decide to have babies, I hope they will remain with me as their provider and then I will provide prenatal care for them and eventually do their delivery.”

Shannon worked several years as an OB nurse, earning her Bachelors of Nursing at Adams State in 2007. Wanting to further her career in obstetrics and after observing the great work done by Jayne Schiffer, CNM, she began looking into masters programs and chose the on-line midwifery program through the University of Cincinnati.

“I like being able to care for the patients throughout their pregnancy and then see the end results,’ she said of her reason for choosing this field, adding that because she did her medical clinicals with her mentor (Jayne) the educational experience was made that much greater. Earlier this year, she finished her Certified Midwifery degree and joined the clinic where she said the two doctors, Jacqueline Garrard, MD, and Bethany Kolb, MD, have been very supportive of her starting her practice.

“Having two midwives will help ease the patient load off of Jayne,” she said. “And it will be great to be able to consult with the doctors and give them more time to be available for the more high risk patients.”

Shannon said that a big part of nurse midwifery education is patient education and advocating for the patient.

“I plan to really use that in my practice and be able to spend that time with the patients as they need it,” she said. “I will definitely listen and provide patient education as much as I can with whatever concerns a patient might have.”

To schedule an appointment with Shannon, please call the clinic at 589-8028.

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