Hello!! We thought we’d keep it easy on all of you at ABC, and have another student with the same name—Emily! I am Emily Miller, and I will be spending 8 weeks with Allen Birthing Center this summer. I could not be more thrilled to share this experience with this community and my former clinical instructor from the University of Utah, Monica Reno!
I am 27-years-old (28 in June!), married to my high school sweetheart, and we are currently expecting our first baby [GIRL!] this August via a home birth with some stellar midwives. My husband and I both love the outdoors, skiing, hiking, live music, yoga, exploring new restaurants in SLC, traveling, and lying around in our backyard with our Shikoku “Luna” (our furry first born). We are actively involved in our Christian church in Utah, where my husband plays drums in the worship band, and we volunteer in the youth group.
Both my husband, Kolby Miller, and I were born and raised in Nashville, TN before we moved out west for his job in marketing and a new adventure. While I miss the south greatly, the mountains have us hooked, and we are loving our life in Salt Lake City, UT. In Nashville, I attended Belmont University for my Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and continued on to work at Vanderbilt University in the Trauma ICU caring for adult populations for 4 years. It was on a medical mission trip with faculty members from Belmont in Cambodia, where I discovered my calling for improving the lives of women. Over the next couple of years upon returning from Cambodia and Thailand, I had countless conversations with women, midwives, mothers, friends, and nurses who talked about how we can improve maternity care in the United States by advocating for the midwifery model of care and limited intervention. I became immersed in birth documentaries, anything Ina May, and the midwifery philosophy.
Once we moved to Utah, I left the ICU world, where patients depended on life-saving interventions by the minute, and I became a labor and delivery nurse at the University of Utah where I was able to encourage limited intervention for birth, learn from many incredibly supportive providers, and provide compassionate labor support. I have now been an L&D nurse for over three years, received doula training, and I have been able to work, both as a nurse and a midwifery student, with some incredible physicians as well as a large midwifery group that even offered water birth to women in the hospital! I graduated this May with my Doctor of Nursing practice degree as a certified-nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner from the University of Utah, but am finishing a final rotation this summer with you all! When I discovered our very own Monica Reno was headed to TX to work in the incredible environment of ABC, I begged to follow for my rotation this summer so that I could gain out of hospital experience. I am beyond thrilled to learn from the incredible ABC midwives, staff, and YOU, and I want to thank you all for allowing me to be a part of your journey this summer!