UF Health Jacksonville and UF Health North celebrate Midwifery week October 1-7. This national observance was created by the American College of Nurse-Midwives to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwife-led care. This year’s theme is Midwives Strengthening Communities. Our midwives are committed to equitable, ethical, accessible, and quality healthcare for all. In this work, midwives must all come together. The midwifery model of care fosters compassionate collaborations and personalizes care based on each person’s life experiences and expertise. Join us as we celebrate and recognize our certified nurse midwives all week long.
Today’s spotlights feature Angela Elliott and Amanda Carryl:
Angela Elliott’s journey into midwifery began with the birth of her daughter. With the empowerment of her experience and the desire to make a difference for other women, Angela pursued her education in women’s health and mother-baby care. While earning an associate’s degree in nursing at Florida State College of Jacksonville in 2003, Angela worked in the labor and delivery unit at UF Health Jacksonville. She continued her education by earning an undergraduate degree in nursing at the University of North Florida in 2008 and a master’s degree in midwifery at the University of Florida in 2012.
Angela is now a certified nurse midwife with the maternal and fetal medicine team at UF Health Jacksonville, providing prenatal care to high-risk women. She also educates, empowers and encourages women to take pride in their health care. “Being a midwife is my true calling on this Earth, being present from the time a family first hears a heartbeat to the first time they hear a baby cry.”
Amanda Carryl, CNM, DNP, is a certified nurse midwife at UF Health North and Wildlight. The San Jose, California native earned her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in nursing from the University of Florida before becoming a nurse midwife in 2017.
Amanda believes the most rewarding aspect of a certified nurse midwife is the ability to empower women through education and excellent care. “I love educating women about all sorts of topics — from breastfeeding to what a pap smear is and how often they should have one. It is rewarding to see education spark confidence.”
Amanda had her full circle moment in November 2021, when she and her husband, Jon, welcomed their first child. “It is so neat to experience motherhood personally, as I have watched and cared for so many women becoming mothers themselves.”