Welcome to Our Newest Member: Emily Walden, MSN/Ed., CNM, BSN, ADN, IBCLC
At Osceola Medical Center (OMC), we are excited to announce the newest addition to our family of healthcare professionals, Emily Walden. Bringing her expertise and a deep commitment to women's health, Emily joins us as our very first Nurse Midwife. Her arrival marks a significant expansion of our services, further enriching the compassionate, comprehensive care we are proud to offer to the communities of the St. Croix Valley.
A Journey of Passion and Expertise
Emily Walden's journey in healthcare is a testament to her dedication and passion for women's health. With an impressive array of qualifications, including an MSN/Ed. from the University of Toledo, CNM from Case Western Reserve University, BSN from Ohio University, and ADN from Bryant & Stratton College,
Emily's educational background is as extensive as it is impressive. Her role as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) further underscores her commitment to providing holistic care to women and newborns.
Philosophy of Care: A Partnership with Women
Emily's philosophy of care is deeply rooted in the principles of midwifery. She believes in creating a partnership with women, offering care imbued with compassion, continuity, and respect.
Her approach is centered around the midwifery model of care, which places women at the heart of their care, empowering them through education and counseling to make informed decisions for themselves and their newborns. Emily's commitment to walking alongside women through all life stages is a reflection of her belief that every woman deserves a midwife.
Midwifery at OMC: What It Means for You
The addition of Emily Walden to our team at OMC brings a new dimension to our care offerings. But what exactly does a midwife do, and what does this mean for you, our patients?
A midwife is a highly trained health professional who provides a range of healthcare services for women, including gynecological exams, contraceptive counseling, prescriptions, and labor and delivery care.
Midwives are well-known for their personalized approach to care, offering longer appointments to truly get to know their patients and providing 24/7 availability to address concerns.
However, there are common misconceptions about midwifery that we'd like to clarify:
1. Midwives are not limited to home births: While midwives are known to assist in home births, it's important to know that they are also key members of healthcare teams in hospitals and clinics, providing a full spectrum of care. At OMC, our midwives will be working within the hospital and clinic structure, and will not be offering home births for the foreseeable future.
2. Midwives offer more than just labor and delivery care: They provide comprehensive reproductive care, from adolescence through menopause, including routine gynecologic services, family planning, and care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
3. Midwives and medical interventions: Midwives support the natural process of pregnancy and childbirth but are also trained to recognize when medical interventions are necessary and work collaboratively with the entire healthcare team to ensure the best outcomes.
Emily's Specialties: A Comprehensive Approach to Women's Health
Emily Walden brings a wealth of specialized expertise to OMC.
Her specialties include Labor Support/Birth Doula, Lactation Consulting, Menopause Specialist, and Women’s Primary and Mental Health. Her comprehensive approach ensures that women receive care that is not only medically sound but also deeply respectful of their individual needs and preferences.
A Personal Touch: Getting to Know Emily
Beyond her professional qualifications, Emily is a person of diverse interests and talents. A lover of family time, singing, playing games, assembling puzzles, and traveling, she brings a well-rounded perspective to her work. Her background in studying Opera adds a unique facet to her personality, showcasing her dedication and passion in all aspects of life.
Joining the OMC Family
Emily was drawn to OMC's reputation for high-level care and commitment to the tight-knit community of the St. Croix Valley. Her philosophy aligns seamlessly with our approach to healthcare, making her a perfect fit for our team. At OMC, we believe in treating every patient like family, and Emily's approach to care embodies this belief.
As we welcome Emily Walden to our team, we look forward to the new horizons in women's health care that we will explore together. Her expertise, coupled with our commitment to providing big-city healthcare services with small-town hospitality, promises a future where every woman in our community feels supported, empowered, and cared for.
Join us in welcoming Emily Walden to the Osceola Medical Center family. Here's to new beginnings and to health care that truly understands and celebrates women at every stage of life! 🌱🤰🌟
We invite you to learn more about Emily and the midwifery services at OMC.
She is accepting appointments now and her availability will begin mid-March 2024.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us here.