Meet Micaela Fernandes, CNM, MSN
While volunteering as a nurse in Arusha, Tanzania (East Africa), Micaela was introduced to midwifery by local midwives in a low resource setting with limited supplies. The beauty of this experience was overpowering and life changing. Micaela discovered that midwifery was more than just about the intimate relationship between a care practitioner and an expectant mother; midwifery is about policy, advocacy, and education, and it is a profession that needs to be mobilized in multiple socio-political contexts.
After nine years of working in an ICU setting as a nurse predominantly in her home Philadelphia, upstate New York, and New Zealand, Micaela changed fields and started working as a labor and delivery nurse while going back to school to become a nurse midwife. After graduating she did a fellowship at Holy Family birth Center, one of the oldest birth centers in the country, located by the Mexican border in Weslaco, Texas.
She has joined the team at Willow AZ to be surrounded by a community that shares her same belief system and allows her to give women a transformative experience of birth that is unique to each individual.
Micaela also enjoys travelling, hiking, art, museums, live music, theater, practicing Spanish, martial arts, yoga, barre, and meditation.