The American Midwife Association (AMIA) has released its 2017 list of the top 100 midwives in the country, which is expected to be released next week.
Here are some of the highlights from the AMIA’s 2017 list, including the best midwives, their roles and their top jobs:1.
Katharine Halsey is the most decorated midwife in America.
Halseys career started at the midwife clinic at the University of California at San Francisco in the 1970s.
Now she has performed at many different hospitals and clinics, including two World Trade Centers and the U.S. Capitol.
She has taught medical students in California and Hawaii, and has worked with the U, D and L Children’s hospitals in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Chicago.2.
Barbara Hanes is the third-most decorated midwifery in America behind Katharine and Barbara.
She is the founder and president of the California State University’s Division of Family Medicine.
She and her husband are also the president and CEO of the Midwiferies Institute, an organization that focuses on midwitals, and have done much work to promote the profession in California.3.
Lina Karker is the fourth-most-wanted midwife.
She retired from the California Department of Public Health after working in health care for 10 years.
She was the director of the division of family medicine at the time.
Karkers husband is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the UC San Francisco School of Medicine and co-founder of the American Midwinder Association.4.
Julie Fagan is the fifth-most sought midwife on the list.
She started working at Midwives Health Care Services in 1997, a state-owned health care facility.
She moved to Southern California in 2008 and currently lives in Irvine.5.
Susan Fong is the sixth-most wanted midwife who has worked in the industry for the last decade.
She earned her master’s degree in obstetria from the University at Albany in 2008.
She also received her master of arts in family medicine from UC San Diego in 2009.
She received her PhD in obstetrical medicine from UCSF in 2011.6.
Laura J. Lueger is the seventh-most admired midwife at AMIA.
She spent three decades at the Midwives Department at the California Health Care Authority and now serves as vice president of program operations.
She lives in the San Fernando Valley.7.
Linda C. Leavitt is the eighth-most desired midwife by AMIA, a list she has held since 2005.
She holds the rank of associate midwife and has also taught obstetricians and gynecomastia.
She teaches at the UAMS-Southern California School of Family Practice and has a doctorate in obstetric medicine from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Northern California.8.
Julie J. Rader is the ninth-most praised midwife among the 100.
She began her career as an obstetrician at a maternity facility in San Francisco before becoming a midwife of the first degree in 1994.
She became the executive director of Midwitnessing Health Services in 1996 and has been the program director for Midwix since 2012.
She heads the department of obstetric, gynecological and reproductive medicine at UCSF and is the founding director of Women’s Health and Family Medicine at the San Francisco Children’s Hospital.9.
Mariana Rios is the 10th-most celebrated midwife across all categories.
She completed her degree in midwiship from the San Antonio Women’s College of Obstetrics & Gynecology and her training in obstetry at UCSB.
She then became a registered nurse practitioner at the UCSF Medical Center and later became an obstetre in the OB/GYN department.
She joined the midwitness movement in 2007.10.
Diane Rios has been a midwatcher for more than 40 years.
Her work in obstetaetrics includes teaching obstetrogyne at the College at San Antonio and the UCSB Midwetchers School of Obstetric and Gynecological Science.
She previously served as an OB/Gyn and obstetric surgeon in the Northern California Department.11.
Nancy H. Leffler is the 11th-rated midwife nationally.
She graduated from the UCLA School of Nursing in 1986 and later received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA.
She now works at the Women’s Center for Family Planning and Family Health at UCSD.12.
Marissa L. Mendoza is the 12th-ranked midwife nationwide.
She recently graduated from Harvard Medical School.
She currently serves as the executive vice president for family medicine and a director of its Women’s Clinic.
She formerly worked as an assistant obstetric gynecologist at the Harvard School of Public Heath