Meet a Midwife

What is your first and last name?

Mary Kwiecinski, CNM

Introduce yourself! Who are you, how long have you been a midwife, and where did you train?

I have been a CNM since 2007. I graduated from Frontier, and am the current Director of Nurse Midwifery at UVA.

Tell us about where you work and the women/families you serve.

UVA in Charlottesville. We serve a mixture of clientele including students, professors, physicians, indigent, rural, and even refugees.

What led you to midwifery?

I wanted to improve women's health care. Preserving birth knowledge and physiologic child birth drives me.

What do you love about being a Midwife?

I love watching women become mothers!

What are your special areas of interest (obstetrics, gyn, education, etc.)?

I love educating residents and students at this point in my career to be more "midwife-like" in their future practices.

What do you see as an area of maternal health that needs more awareness, support and/or education?

Physiologic childbirth

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I'm a mother of 4 intelligent and athletic children that keep me super busy! I'm also training for my black belt in Okinawa kempo karate.

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Hilton Head S.C

What is your favorite quote?

"Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring. " St. Catherine of Sienna

Anything else you want to share (i.e. favorite labor progress technique, special skills, prior career(s), little-known facts about you, etc.?)

I love utilizing spinning babies techniques for the op baby