Aug 072013

Andaluz is thrilled to announce the arrival of our new Certified Nurse Midwife, Katie Nadalsky. Katie is a welcome addition with her warm heart and skilled knowledge!

Katie Nadalsky, CNM

Katie Nadalsky, CNM, MSN

Tell us a bit about your family: 
My family consists of my husband Joe who is a P.E. teacher and SuperDad, my daughter Ali who is a soccer player, my daughter Mia who is a gymnast and my daughter Eva who is a chef/artist/princess!  We have great times supporting each other in our various activities and going on weekend trips.  I also have a huge extended family spread out over Texas, Washington and California!  I am very blessed.

How did you become involved with midwifery? 
I believe my Obstetrics and Women’s Health instructor in nursing school saw a future midwife in me.  She provided the opportunity for me to attend births with a midwife in the hospital and a whole new world revealed itself!  After nearly 10 years and a lot of personal and professional experience along the way, I am finally doing what I was made for!

What do you feel is the best part of being a midwife?
There are so many wonderful things about being a midwife, but for me the best part is building relationships with women and their families, empowering them to make decisions that are in their own best interests and then witnessing the amazing and intimate moment when they welcome a new little life into their arms.

What is the hardest part of being a midwife?
Babies don’t care if it’s 3am, you daughter’s birthday or Christmas.  They come when they are ready!  The hardest part is probably the time away from my family.

Clearly the Nadalsky's are at home in Portland!

Clearly the Nadalsky’s are at home in Portland!

What do you enjoy doing on your time off?
Just spending time with my family – We love to go camping, take day trips, go on hikes and visit the beach.  If I have more than just a couple days off, we love to travel to visit the Grandparents, Aunties and all the cousins!

Do you have any favorite books?
I read a lot!  I can go through a book a week if I’m really into it.  I usually gravitate toward historical fiction and memoirs although my sister and I recently enjoyed reading the Fever series together!

Top five favorite movies?
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Benny and Joon, Steel Magnolias, Last of the Mohicans, and Bridesmaids.  (They’re all “chick flicks”, aren’t they?  Ha!)

Favorite foods or restaurants?
My favorite restaurant is the Nadalsky Kitchen!  We come up with some great eats!  But when my husband and I get to have the occasional date night, we love to go out for sushi and Sapporos.

What is something that people may be surprised to learn about you?
I’m not very organized outside Andaluz.  I only wear a watch to time contractions and baby heart rates.  My husband is completely responsible anytime my family arrives on time for something!

If you weren’t a midwife, what could you see yourself doing?
If I weren’t a midwife or a nurse, I could see myself being a journalist or something like that.

What has been your most important lesson learned as a midwife?
The most important lesson I have learned from being a midwife is to be kind to yourself.  Love yourself, listen to your inner voice, trust.

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