The first time I met Elizabeth Warren in 2012, she was just a young woman who was struggling with the pressures of the midwife role.
Warren’s voice was soft, she had a slight twinkle in her eye and she had the perfect laugh.
We sat down in a dimly lit cafe in a city that I’d never been to, just down the road from the Capitol, where she was working as a midwifery assistant.
She had a cheerful disposition and the look of someone who had a job to do.
Warren was the youngest midwife I’d ever met, and I’d soon learn she was also the most accomplished one.
Her career trajectory was as varied as her personality.
Warren was born in 1941 and raised in California.
At age 22 she moved to Massachusetts and spent her career as an intern in a hospital before taking over the midwinder role at the local hospital, where her career took off.
She was also a teacher and a social worker before becoming a midwives in Massachusetts.
Warren had been training as an early midwife for nearly two decades when she took over the position in 2012.
Elizabeth Warren is a mid-wife who is not only brilliant at her job but who has the talent to do it, says her mentor, Dr. John McEwen, a former president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists who worked with Warren in the mid-1990s.
What makes Elizabeth Warren unique is she has a very hard time staying in her lane, McEwan said.
She’s an optimist.
I’m always in the dark about what is happening.
She has a good sense of what the day is going to bring.
It’s not like she has to be in her office, so she’ll come in and look at something and say, ‘Here’s what I’m thinking about today.’
She’ll be very open about what’s going on.
Warren, in her role as the director of the Harvard Medical School, is credited with bringing a new approach to midwiring.
There’s a lot of new things in midwire.
There’s a whole lot of research going on about how to prevent and treat early-onset hypertension.
And, in terms of fetal outcomes, the most promising thing is that we’re doing more prenatal screening.
It’s really about getting pregnant and keeping you healthy, she said.
When Warren took over as midwife in 2012 she had just one child, a boy named Daniel.
But her life changed in a matter of months.
In February, just days before his birth, Warren had a baby girl, Benjamin.
He weighed in at 12 pounds, 7 ounces.
The baby boy was born with cerebral palsy and Warren became pregnant again.
She gave birth to Benjamin in September, but by October she was already pregnant again and was working full-time.
As a mid, Warren learned to juggle two jobs at once, and while her career soared during her time as an obstetrician, her personal life was hit by a severe stroke that left her with a spinal cord injury.
She was rushed to the hospital in May 2013.
After her fall, Warren was taken to the emergency room.
Her son Daniel was born a week later.
In the hospital, Warren would often get a call from her son’s parents, asking for her time off.
Warren said she didn’t think about it until her son was born and that she still doesn’t.
“The moment I realized that it wasn’t my job to worry about my son, that I was not his mother, I just felt awful,” Warren told me.
“I just thought, I didn’t care.
I just didn’t want to think about that.
And so I just sat there and just kept crying.”
Warren, who had been in the hospital for more than six weeks, eventually recovered.
But she wasn’t entirely cured of the loss of her son.
In August of this year, she became pregnant with another son.
That’s when Warren learned about an organization called the American Midwives Association, which was formed in 1984 to encourage women to take on midwires and midwives.
The organization, she says, has been working hard to increase awareness of midwis and midwilters.
With that new focus, Warren became one of the first women to become a midwoman in her home state of Massachusetts, and her career has taken off.
Warren has been hailed as a pioneer in the field of obstetrics and gynecology by some of the nation’s top doctors.
For instance, Drs.
Charles Givens and James Andrews, the current president and CEO of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have praised Warren as an “emerging leader in the obstetrotomy field.”
Warren’s rise in the world of midwives