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 Carrie Schultz and Amy Shuler.
Carrie Schultz, APRN, CNM, is a certified nurse midwife at UF Health North and Wildlight. The Florida native earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida State University in 1998. Carrie entered nursing school with one goal in mind — to become a nurse midwife. After graduating from Florida State, Carrie began her career as a labor and delivery nurse at UF Health. She simultaneously completed her graduate degree in nursing at University of Florida and became a board-certified nurse midwife.
Carrie also worked for as a civilian contractor certified nurse midwife, caring for military families while her husband, Cary, served active duty in the Navy.
“In my career, I have never worked in such a great practice as UF Health North. Our patients benefit from midwifery care in a setting with supportive, caring and skilled OGBYN physicians, as well as some of the most talented and compassionate nurses around,” she said.
As a midwife and advanced practice nurse, Carrie provides care for women throughout their lifespans, from adolescence to post-menopause. Services include annual exams, reproductive health visits, pregnancy and postpartum care. Her favorite part of her role is attending to women in labor.
“Birth is genuinely a sacred space where the veil between seen and unseen is fragile. My most important role is to hold the watch, safeguard the space, and sit in awe at the beauty of the strength and vulnerability of a woman becoming a mother.”
Amy Shuler, MSN, APRN, CNM, is a certified nurse midwife at UF Health North and Wildlight. The Florida State University graduate initially worked at UF Health Jacksonville in the Women’s Specialists group with labor and delivery, triage and postpartum. However, when UF Health North opened in February 2015, a physician asked if she would be interested in transferring to the new location. It was an exciting opportunity for her as a lifelong resident of Jacksonville’s northside community.
“I am thrilled to work and serve a community where I was born and raised and am raising my own family. I particularly love to go to the grocery store or shopping and see women I have cared for delivering one or more of their children, and I can watch their children grow up in our community. That is something very special to me.”