Meet Paula Ross, RN, LLM, CPM, IBCLC
Midwife & Lactation Consultant
Hi, I'm Paula, a proud "homegrown" Arkansan! I received my RN license in January 1997, began my career in critical care, and transferred to Women & Children in 2004. I’ve been caring for new and growing families ever since.
I began occasionally assisting midwives at home births in 2008, became a doula in 2013 and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2015. I began my midwifery apprenticeship with Deb Phillips, LLM, CPM in 2016, and I received my license in 2020.
My calling into this line of work began shortly after my first child was born. Midwife Ina May Gaskin said:
“Whenever and however you choose to give birth, your experience will impact your mind, emotions, body, and your spirit for the rest of your life."
That quote has resonated with me. Giving birth changed the direction of my life and planted the seed in my heart that would eventually bloom into supporting new and growing families.
I am a nurse and a midwife but not a nurse-midwife.
(Did you know there are different types of midwives?)
I chose to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) rather than a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) for a variety of reasons, but mainly because because I prefer attending home births over hospital births. Spending time getting to know families in the months leading up to the birth...watching labor, birth, and bonding unfold in the family’s own comfortable environment...continuing that relationship after the baby is born...these are rewarding aspects of homebirth midwifery.
I believe in the Midwives Model of Care. I believe our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made, and I trust in our ability to give birth. I believe that for most healthy mothers and babies, the less we interfere with the process, the better the chances of a good birth outcome.
At the same time, I recognize some situations require medical intervention. Licensed home birth midwives are certified in CPR and neonatal resuscitation, complete continuing education, and regularly attend training and practice in birth emergency skills. If birth plans need to change, my goal is to make you aware of your available options and to help you feel supported and respected during the transition. I strive to maintain good working relationships with other professionals to make transfers smooth.
On a personal note...
I am a Christian who believes that my work should be rooted in love and respect for all people. Whatever your circumstances may be, I am committed to providing loving care.
I have been married for 21 years and have birthed seven of my own beautiful children, both in the hospital and at home.
To ensure that I am giving my best to others, I make a point of regularly carving out time to replenish my mind, body, and soul. Some of the things that keep me feeling peaceful and joyful are my faith, practicing martial arts, playing guitar and piano, concocting herbal remedies, and enthusiastically cheering at my kids' activities.