SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – Kari Ney has always held to the core value that women’s health care should be provided on an individual basis.
She believes the midwifery model of care does that best.
But it’s more than a philosophy for her; she has experienced it. For the past five years, she has worked side-by-side with certified nurse midwives Belinda Lassen and Pam Hulstein at Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center as a registered nurse.
Now, Ney has taken that a step farther by completing her American Midwifery Certification Board exam to become a certified nurse midwife.
She will begin seeing patients at Promise during September after her licensing is completed in Iowa and South Dakota. Her hours will be on Thursdays and Fridays, which will increase access to midwifery services at Promise to five days per week.
“The meaning of midwife is ‘with woman,’” Ney said. “I aim to work together with women throughout their lives to meet their goals for optimal health. My desire is to walk alongside women and guide them as they go through all the stages from puberty through menopause.”
Ney has dedicated her career to health care.
After graduating from Western Christian High School in Hull in 1995, she attended Dordt College in Sioux Center for three years. She then went on to Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, where she earned her associate degree in nursing in 2000. She worked as a nurse at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, SD, 2000-01, and at Sioux Center Health, 2000-15.
She has served as a registered nurse at Promise since 2013, including the last five years as part of the midwifery team. Meanwhile, she enrolled in the certified nurse midwife education program at Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, KY, in 2016. She completed her preceptorship training at Sanford Women’s Health Plaza in Sioux Falls and at Promise and earned her master of science in nursing degree this spring.
Ney is excited about the opportunity to take her service at Promise to new level.
“I love the diversity of clients we care for,” she said. “I love that Promise has supported our midwifery program so we are able to provide an option in prenatal care that is different from a medical approach for normal, healthy pregnancy. I believe women seek out the midwife model of care because it is an empowering approach to health care that is tailored to meet the needs of each woman. I am excited to be part of this program.”
As she prepares for her new role, Ney is most eager about “building relationships with women in the community and partnering with them.”
“I am excited to meet the needs of women in the clinic but also provide another needed resource for women seeking midwifery care for women’s health, pregnancy and birth services,” Ney said.
Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision, behavioral health and family planning services. To learn more, visit www.promisechc.org and watch this video. To read more Promise news, visit promisechcnews.blogspot.com.
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING:
In addition to becoming a certified nurse midwife, Kari Ney became a trained instructor in the Billings Ovulation Method® of natural family planning and implemented the program at Promise Community Health Center earlier this year.
Billings Ovulation Method is a scientific method of fertility management that has been used successfully by millions of women around the world to help them become pregnant, postpone pregnancy or have a better knowledge of their own fertility.
She encourages any interested couples to contact her at Promise for the individualized education.
MORE ABOUT KARI:
Kari Ney and her husband, Jake, live in Hull and have four children, Cory, 16; Ethan, 14; Jesse, 12; and Ava, 8. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, reading, gardening, traveling and playing violin.