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The New Life Center at Avista Hospital understands that many women want the care of a Certified Nurse Midwife during their pregnancy and delivery of their new baby. At Avista, women with healthy pregnancies can choose pre-natal care and delivery with a certified nurse midwife who has privileges at our birth center.
How does the process of choosing midwifery for your delivery work?
Claudia finds it a true privilege to share
one of the most important and special times in a woman's life with
her and her family; to be present at the birth of her child! She is very proud to have chosen
the path of becoming a nurse midwife and to be able to share her passion and
knowledge with her patients.
Born and raised in Germany, Claudia came to the United States in 2000,
and began her career in Women's Health at the University of Maryland where she
worked as a high risk Labor & Delivery nurse. After meeting her husband, she
moved to Colorado where she completed her education at the University of Colorado
and later Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, KY, where she received a
Master's of Science degree in Nursing with an emphasis in nurse midwifery. Claudia spent 13 months practicing the art and science of midwifery at
Denver Health, is excited to return back to her community and Avista
Adventist Hospital that she called her “home away from home” for six years.
Claudia loves spending time with her family and four children, who she says have
taught her much patience, which comes in handy given the unpredictability
of labor. In her free time, she enjoys the many activities the great outdoors of beautiful Colorado offers.
Jan Blanchard, WHNP, CNM is a Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife. She has been in the woman’s health field for over twenty years. She loves getting to know and work with her patients to achieve their goals. Prior to working as a nurse practitioner and midwife she was a forensic anthropologist and primate researcher.
She is originally from Florida but has spent most of her adult life in the Bay area of California. In the last six years she has made her home in Boulder, Colorado. Before coming to work with us, she worked with the underserved population in Boulder County at Clinica Family Health Services.
In her spare time she enjoys being outside with her dogs, friends and husband. We are so fortunate to have her contribute to our patients needs at this time. She is taking new patients and welcomes the opportunity to work with women in all stages of life in our practice. She will be available to treat obstetric patients throughout their pregnancy experience.
To schedule an appointment with Jan Blanchard, please contact Avista Women's Care at 303-439-8910.
Amber has worked with women for 12 years. First as a prenatal massage therapist and doula, then as a registered nurse and now as a Certified Nurse Midwife. Her nursing background has focused on labor and delivery, public health and clinic nursing where she has worked both internationally and throughout the Denver metro area. Her passion for women’s health and the empowering birth of her first child at Avista Adventist Hospital motivated her to pursue midwifery with the goal of serving women throughout their lives.
She completed her masters degree in nursing at Frontier Nursing University, focusing her clinical experience in the community hospital and birth center settings. Amber is inspired by the strength of the women she works with and truly believes that the health of the world begins with the mother. Before coming to work with Avista Women’s Health, she served the women of Boulder County as a nurse with the Boulder Nurse Midwives.Amber is originally from Ohio but has happily lived in beautiful Colorado for 6 years with her husband, 5 year old son and three year old daughter. Her family enjoys most of their free time traveling or outdoors: hiking, biking, camping and exploring.
To schedule an appointment with Amber Johnson, please contact Avista Women's Care at 303-439-8910.
Virginia R Nagel, Certified Nurse Midwife, studied biology at the University of Georgia and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Clayton State University. After years of being with women in labor and delivery as a nurse, she was inspired to get her Master’s Degree in Midwifery from Philadelphia University in 2004. Her career as a midwife began in Georgia where she worked with women throughout their lifespan.
After moving to Colorado in 2009, she worked at Clinica Family Services and then moved to the University of Colorado where she both was active seeing women in the clinic, delivering babies, and teaching students.
Virginia lives in South Boulder with her husband and three children who keep her very busy. She enjoys camping, hiking and white water rafting. You will often find her wandering around Boulder’s many trails with all three kids in tow!
To schedule an appointment with Virginia Nagel, please contact Avista Women's Care at 303-439-8910.
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