While living in Rhode Island I gave birth to my two children, Katherine and Michael, in the hospital’s Alternative Birthing Center with my wonderful midwife Noreen Moran, CNM. My own experience of natural childbirth solidified my desire to support women who chose to birth in the birthing center setting. As I said often during that time, “I can really be a nurse in the birthing center. Those moms actually need the supportive skills I have to offer.
Kristen Conroy, CNM, MS graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1994. She has been serving families at Allen Birthing Center since 2009. In 2014, Kristen earned her Master of Science in Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University and joined Allen Birthing Center as a Certified Nurse-Midwife. She lives in Allen with her husband, Jeff, and son, Michael. Her daughter, Kate, is attending the Ohio State University.
Upon graduation from nursing school, my first position as an RN was in the Labor and Delivery Unit of Women & Infants’ Hospital, a tertiary care teaching hospital in Providence, RI. While I learned state of the art technical skills from the very beginning of my career, I was immediately drawn to the clients who were looking for a birthing experience with minimal interventions. It was there that I first learned about Certified Nurse-Midwives as they had a prominent role in private practice as well as in the role of faculty for OB residents and medical students.
In 2007, my family and I relocated to Allen, TX. Luckily for me, a friend mentioned that there was a freestanding birth center right here in Allen. I was thrilled to serve at the birth center as a birth assistant and office RN. Experiencing the births of the wonderful families who sought care at ABC inspired me to finally return to school and become a midwife myself. I am honored to be a part of the midwifery practice at the Allen Birthing Center, and look forward to working with all of these special women and families.