She found her calling to midwifery with the birth of her first daughter. She was seeing a large physician group in Raleigh which also offered midwifery care at the time. She “accidentally” saw a midwife for one of her OB visits and fell in love with the concept of midwifery care. Once she finished having her children and getting the youngest in kindergarten, she started on the journey to become a midwife. She received an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC. She then went on to obtain her BSN from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory.
After getting her BSN, Mary Ellen worked in the ICN at Frye Regional Hospital. While there she became certified as a Lactation Consultant. She then did home visits to new mothers and their babies a few days after discharge from the hospital to help mothers with the challenges of adjusting to the new baby. After several years of this, Mary Ellen started working in Labor and Delivery.
In 2002, Mary Ellen achieved a Master’s Degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook in Midwifery. Her first job as a CNM was in Lenoir, NC where she served the rural population there. After several years, the call of the triangle and aging parents brought her back to this area. She worked with the CNMs at Duke University Medical Center for 4 years. During that time she missed full scope midwifery and began looking for a way to return to it. Chapel Hill OB/GYN and Durham Women’s Clinic were also very interested in offering Midwifery care to their patients and Regional Midwifery was born!
It has been the joy of her career to watch this practice grow into what it is today. She feels very fortunate to be working with such a special group of midwives and have such supportive doctors supporting midwifery care.
Mary Ellen sees her biggest accomplishment as her 4 grown children and their families. She has 6 grandchildren with 2 more on the way! When she is not spending time with family, she enjoys quilting, spending time with her 5 dogs, spending time with friends and traveling.